Realistic Resolutions

January 1, 2020

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 of what doesn’t may sound obvious, but it requires an …

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Training a new generation

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 we offer, we have truly …

New members join MFA

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 SolutionsTaylor Dosier www.yourcanvassolutions.comSpring Lake, Mich. Custom Boat CoversBrian Thompson www.customboatcovers.usAurora, Ohio    Eqodry USADerek Robinson  www.eqodryusa.comElon, N.C.    George Givens & SonRichard Givens www.geogivensandson.comMobile, Ala. Lakeside Canvas & UpholsteryMs Beth VanLente www.lakesidecanvas1.comMuskegon, Mich.    Lawless Designs LLCKate …

Maximum light

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 output, it’s a tool, not a flashlight. Every piece of the light …

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Managing Time and Space

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 arranged, whether or not workers can easily find and access what they’re …

2020 MFA Time Standards Manual

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 …

Part One: Fabricating knee-rise contour cushions

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 hours than estimated. It’s a delicate dance to fabricate seating that is not …

Knowledge is power in marine flooring

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 same …

Succession planning strategies: Determining the true value of your company.

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 what it’s really …

Strong, stable fabric

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 premium outdoor fabric has a wick-resistant scrim and accepts many types of graphics …