• Inspiration

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Shop Techniques

    Marine FabricationHawkes Bay Trim and CanvasHastings, Hawkes Bay, NZ hbtrimandcanvas@xtra.co.nz The project goal was to update an existing canopy and undertake a complete interior fit-out, which included all new linings and new seating on this live-a-board yacht. Project challenges included working on multiple platforms and at different times around many tradespeople. The patterning took place while [...]

  • Clever upholstery designs

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Products

    The Clever Collection from Knoll includes four upholstery styles, all durable to 100,000 double rubs and all celebrating the clever geometry of spider webs. Created with an innovative and proprietary process, In Step’s graphic pattern is a translation of dew drops balancing on a spider web. Tempest is a dimensional texture with a mixture of [...]

  • Working successfully in tight interior spaces

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Interior, Shop Techniques

    L-sofa before and after. It's important to evaluate whether items should be transported to the shop or completed on-site due to vessel constraints. By Terri Madden and Alayna Wool Before signing a client contract for a new interior project, it’s important to consider any unforeseen obstacles you might encounter on the job. This will help [...]

  • 2022, 2023 MFA Conference dates, locations set

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: News

    The annual Marine Fabricators Conference is a valuable opportunity for networking, skill building and learning about new products and techniques to increase efficiency and revenue. Exciting plans for the 2022 and 2023 conferences are in the works. Despite the cancellation of the 2021 Marine Fabricators Conference, plans for future conferences are picking up steam. The [...]

  • Wider patterning fabric

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Products

    Polyfab USA has added 4-meter-wide (157-inch-wide) rolls to its line of Patternpro™ Ultra Stable Patterning Fabric, a clear HDPE woven scrim that is coated on both sides. It is also available in 2-meter-wide (78.7-inch-wide) rolls, and has applications for marine canvas and awning patterning, with excellent stability and good “lay-flat” properties. The material resists wind [...]

  • Fundamental Change

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Editorial

    A recent Inc.com article described the months since COVID-19 hit as, “15 years of behavior change in 30 days.” Indeed, the amount of change and adaptation our business and personal lives have undergone would have been unimaginable less than a year ago. The changes have been a mixed bag; some positive (pivoting to PPE, helping [...]

  • Track-to-track enclosure fabrication

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Exterior, Shop Techniques

    This custom Makrolon enclosure is on a Dix 57 steel-hulled sailing sloop restored by the author's friends over the past 18 years. Photo taken in Smiths Cove, Gloucester, Mass. By Mark Hood, MFC At Hood Canvas, we fabricate rigid panels frequently. We have devised a method of fabricating these panels that is more mainstream than [...]

  • Industry Events

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Events

    Jan 28, Feb. 18, March 18, 2021MFA Virtual Series Free to members, online two-hour education sessionsmarine.ifai.com/virtualseries Feb. 18–19, 2021MFA Marine Workshop 2021 On-site, co-located with Fabricators Conference and ShowcaseSheraton Jacksonville HotelJacksonville, Fla.www.marine.ifai.com/marine-workshops/jacksonville Mar. 3–5, 2021Women in Textiles Summit 2021Chateau Elan Winery & Resort Braselton, Ga.www.ifai.com/women Feb. 24–28, 2021Atlantic City Boat ShowAtlantic City Convention CenterAtlantic City, N.J.www.acboatshow.com Mar. 25–28, [...]

  • New members join MFA

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: News

    Marine Fabricators Association welcomes the following new members. For complete contact information, visit www.ifai.com/marine. Alfred’s Upholstery & Co.Betsy Stevenswww.alfredsupholstery.comAlfred, Maine ARC Integrated SystemsJeff Covelwww.crownarc.comColumbus, Ohio Catnap Canvas Shop Heather Oebel+1 360 332 3111Blaine, Wash. Carolina Canvas Works Judd Barth+1 843 609 6266Columbia, S.C. Debron Plastics Inc. David Stermer+1 954 385 6781Hollywood, Fla. Epic Outdoor Cinema LLCNick Toutoungiwww.epicoutdoorcinema.comDavie, Fla. Fabric [...]

  • Books that improved me and my business

    Published On: January 1, 2021Categories: Business, Shop Techniques

    Self-education comes in many forms. By Chris Ritsema  Education is a valuable asset when it comes to success in life and business. Going to college is the standard road map many people use to get an education that helps them succeed, but I never really enjoyed the classroom. I wanted to get out and get [...]