Inspiration

January 1, 2022  |  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 a…
2022 MFA Time Standards Manual

January 1, 2022  |  Feature, 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 …
Control Issues

January 1, 2022  |  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 …
New members join MFA

January 1, 2022  |  New Members

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 associatio…
IFAI Industry Events

January 1, 2022  |  IFAI Events

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-Warwick…
Long-lasting durable

January 1, 2022  |  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 appearan…
Carbon fiber shade poles

January 1, 2022  |  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 sha…
High-performance vegan leather

January 1, 2022  |  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 incl…
Pink stain-resistant value-priced vinyl

January 1, 2022  |  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 fou…
Sticky snap and zipper cure

January 1, 2022  |  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…