Shop talk with Crafted Canvas

March 1, 2014

How did you get started? I belong to a sailing club, and one year, I helped a friend put his canvas on the boat in the spring. He had just gotten a new dodger, and I looked at it and saw lots of small details I didn’t like. He encouraged me to look into doing …

Hood honored with Mel Barr Award

January 1, 2014

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented the Mel Barr Award posthumously to Ted Hood, internationally heralded yachtsman, sail maker, yacht designer and builder. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry and is named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA …

Fasteners

Featuring improved performance and corrosive resistance, Scovill introduces a new line of DOT fasteners. The non-magnetic fasteners, made of heavy-duty 316-grade stainless steel, resist pitting when subjected to chemicals and cleaners, and are ideal for salt-water conditions.

Molding seal

Answering multiple requests from customers, Madison, Wis.-based Xtreme Seal announces Xtreme Seal Ultra Seal is now available in white. This new molding provides a weather-tight seal for white and other light-colored fabrics in all marine applications. Xtreme Seal is ideal for compound curves and angles, awnings, convertible tops, side curtains, camper enclosures, clear vinyl panels, …

IBEX cites Safety Components

Safety Components Fabric Technologies recently won an Innovation Award for its Breakwater X in the Boatbuilding Methods and Materials category at the 2013 International BoatBuilders Exhibition & Conference. Breakwater X is a PVC alloy fabric with a 10-year warranty for permanent tops and enclosures that maintains a soft hand regardless of age or exposure.

Non-adhesive bonding

Herrmann Ultrasonics provides customized solutions for your bonding, slitting, cutting and embossing applications of nonwoven, film and textile materials. The new generation of the Herrmann ultrasonic bonding modules enables high-speed production at constant quality without the use of adhesives and consumables. It allows for stable processes even at variable speeds. Further advantages: The ultrasonic process …

Decorative acrylic fabric

Ovation and Venues collections are the latest decorative offerings from Sattler Outdura. Action Upholstery Supply is a fully stocked distributor of these beautiful and durable fabrics. These 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic fabrics offer long lasting color and strength, water and stain resistance. Outdura fabrics are easy to clean, resistant to rot and mildew, all with …

Translatlantic trade unites boating units

In September 2013, Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and Robert Marx, president of European Boating Industry, signed a declaration stating their mutual intention to reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulatory costs and unjustified regulatory differences between the EU and the U.S. in the boating industry. Signed during EU-U.S. trade negotiations launched in …

Sewing machine

Kaplan Sewing Machine introduces the Typical GC0605A walking-foot machine. The single-needle large-bobbin machine equipped with reverse feed is perfect for marine canvas. The machine is equipped with a large side-loading hook and bobbin, built-in bobbin winder, and safety clutch to prevent hook damage. The maximum stitch length is 9mm with a 36mm needle bar stroke …

Diversify your portfolio and capture new markets

As a general upholstery shop that also does marine work rather than a marine canvas specialist, Trevor and I are constantly asked to do all types of jobs, which can be nice for handling the off-season or weathering recessions. One week we can be working on custom helm seats and an antique sofa the next, …