• Inspiration

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Inspiration, Shop Talk

    These clients thought they wanted a pink dodger, which translated into a request for something unique and allowed total design freedom. The resulting color combination turned into something unusual for a dodger, or any project really. Using Stamoid™ Open, Sattler® Ash, Sunbrella® Black Binding and Tempotest® Carbon Fiber, the project mixed 90-degree corners on the [...]

  • 2022 MFA Time Standards Manual

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Features, MFA Time Standards

    The Time Standards Manual was developed in 1996 by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, to serve as a benchmark that shop owners can use to set fabrication times, with which they can generate competitive labor costs. The manual is an ongoing project that will grow and change [...]

  • Control Issues

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Editorial

    If 2020 was a rollercoaster, 2021 was more like a Zero Gravity amusement park ride where spinning forces beyond anyone’s control pinned us to the wall making movement impossible. Businesses experienced a centrifugal maelstrom of surging customer demand, labor shortages, price increases and supply chain bottlenecks.  As the control equation shifted for business owners, it’s [...]

  • New members join MFA

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: News

    The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. The MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Join the only trade association today that represents the entire specialty fabrics and advanced textiles industry in the world. To [...]

  • IFAI Industry Events

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: News

    All calendar events are subject to change. Please check websites for updated information. JAN. 13–15, 2022 MFA Conference 2022 Wild Dunes, Charleston’s Island ResortIsle of Palms, S.C.marine.ifai.com/marine-fabricators-conference JAN. 20–22, 2022 NECPA Expo 2022Crowne Plaza Providence-WarwickWarwick, R.I.www.ifai.com/event/necpa-expo-2022 Jan. 20–23, 2022 Minneapolis Boat Show Minneapolis Convention CenterMinneapolis, Minn.www.minneapolisboatshow.com Feb. 10–11, 2022 MFA Workshop Charlton’s Marine CanvasYorktown, Va.marine.ifai.com/workshop Feb. 16–20, 2022 [...]

  • Long-lasting durable

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Products

    Docril N 60-inch fabric is designed for the manufacturing of nautical awnings, canopies and pergolas that endure wet climates, splashing and heavy rainfalls. Its special finish prevents the growth of microorganisms as well as fabric deterioration, extending its useful life and retaining its appearance for years. The fabrics remain colorfast, with a durable outdoor performance. [...]

  • Carbon fiber shade poles

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Products

    Carbiepoles, also known as Carbies, are telescoping, adjustable carbon fiber shade poles complete with line and high-grade sailing block. Available in black, will fit all rod holders and are adjustable from 68 to 88 inches. Very light, strong, durable and easy to store. For boats/marine (sandbar shades/sunshades) or home/patio (awnings/shade). Simple care and maintenance: just [...]

  • High-performance vegan leather

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Products

    Sileather®, a cruise ship and marine-grade high-performance vegan leather coated with 100 percent silicone, has launched the Capri collection, which is designed and formulated specifically for challenging marine environments. Offering excellent UV resistance and performance, the new collection includes 30 colors and three styles. This durable, eco-friendly marine vinyl alternative can be used for both [...]

  • Pink stain-resistant value-priced vinyl

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Products

    Morbern’s Voyager and Sandpiper vinyls for marine upholstery deliver high performance at a value price point, less than $10 a yard. Both employ Splash construction, a pink stain-resistant vinyl formulation, the gold standard in the marine industry. With UV protection, cold crack resistance and four-way stretch, they are designed for boat interiors and exteriors. Available [...]

  • Sticky snap and zipper cure

    Published On: January 1, 2022Categories: Products

    Shurhold’s Snap Stick provides long-lasting lubrication that allows sticky hardware to perform like new. Made in the USA, it is non-toxic, biodegradable and it won’t harm fabric or solid surfaces. Appropriate for metal and plastic zippers, snaps, hinges and other small marine hardware, the solid, wax-like formula applies like lip balm. Snap Stick is easy [...]