Realistic Resolutions

January 1, 2020  |  Editorial

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is thousands of years old—possibly stretching back to the ancient Babylonians. The word resolution means being purposeful; intentionally deciding to do or not do something and then following through.  Resolving to do more of what works and less…
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Training a new generation

January 1, 2020  |  Feature

Kathryn Maisto mastered her marine canvas skills over a lifetime and across oceans, and now she’s training a new generation. By Jill C. Lafferty I’m always looking for ways to enhance our product line,” says Kathryn Maisto, owner of Fairwinds Canvas LLC, Racine, Wis. “In what we do and what …
New members join MFA

January 1, 2020  |  New Members, News

Admiral CanvasWarren Cooper www.admiralcanvas.comFort Lauderdale, Fla.   American Boat Top Co.Red Bickerstaff www.americanboattop.comFlat Rock, Mich.    Bramble’s Canvas & UpholsteryDaniel Bramble www.dantheupholsteryman.comPottsboro, Texas    Canvas Sol…
Maximum light

January 1, 2020  |  Products

Built to outlast portable work light standards and expectations, the Big Ass Light Bar checks in at nearly 5 pounds and 2 feet long, and features a waterproof IP67-rated design, shock-absorbing components and chemical-resistant materials. With six brightness settings reaching a 5,000-lumen maximum o…
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Managing Time and Space

January 1, 2020  |  Feature

Follow these four steps to increase shop efficiency and boost your bottom line. By Sigrid Tournquist The secret to an efficient shop boils down to understanding chargeable time versus non-chargeable time—and then doing whatever possible to decrease non-chargeable time. How the workspace is arrange…
2020 MFA Time Standards Manual

January 1, 2020  |  Feature

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 …
Part One: Fabricating knee-rise contour cushions

January 1, 2020  |  Interior, Shop Techniques

By Terri Madden Stylish, durable hi-lo/knee-rise contour cushions have become extremely popular. Executing these successfully can elevate your company. However, a project with contour cushions has a high degree of difficulty and requires expertise in specific techniques that can easily consume more …
Knowledge is power in marine flooring

January 1, 2020  |  Exterior, Shop Techniques

By Rob Kotowski At Lake Shore Boat Top Co. in St. Clair Shores, Mich., we fabricate custom marine canvas year-round. Our customers come to us for high-quality marine fabrication, and we depend on our staff to help provide new ideas to make every boat truly a work of art. We treat our flooring the sa…
Succession planning strategies: Determining the true value of your company.

January 1, 2020  |  Business, Shop Techniques

By Larry Oxenham Succession planning can be a tricky matter, especially if you’re passing your business on to a family member. Sometimes keeping it in the family is viable, but not in every case. If it comes time to sell the business instead, you should be armed with some strategies for getting wh…
Strong, stable fabric

January 1, 2020  |  Products

Durable Coolshade stands up to the sun and meets harsh climate conditions head on. It is recommended for awnings, shade structures, pool covers, athletic divider curtains, marine applications, boat tops, tents and tension structures. Easy to clean, weldable, mildew-resistant and UV-resistant, this p…