Fabricating metal frames

January 1, 2023  |  Features

Fabricating frames, tubing, hardware and other items can present a quandary for marine fabricators. It’s a job that customers need, but it’s not easy work, and it can take a pretty penny to have all the necessary equipment on hand.
Pros and cons of mobile marine shops

January 1, 2023  |  Features

When you’re a marine fabricator with a mobile unit, you’re often at a competitive advantage.
Creative Connections

January 1, 2023  |  Editorial

As a writer and editor, I prefer to do most of my work alone in the quiet of my home office. But during the dark days of a Minnesota winter, working alone gets lonely and my ideas feel thin and uninspired.  That’s why I attend literary conferences and classes each winter. The creative spark that …
Still time to register for 2023 MFA Conference

January 1, 2023  |  News

Don’t wait to register for the annual Marine Fabricators Conference being held Jan. 26-28, 2023, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, La. The conference features three full days of education and networking designed to help marine fabricators cultivate industry connections, improve their eff…
New members join MFA

January 1, 2023  |  New Members, 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 Advanced Textiles Association, formerly known as IFAI.
Industry Events

January 1, 2023  |  Events

All calendar events are subject to change. Please check websites for updated information.
Horizontal and cantilever frames

January 1, 2023  |  Exterior and Cover, Projects

Following the typical 10-to-20-year delay that “new ideas” seem to take to catch on in the canvas industry, the popularity and demand for horizontal frame systems and cantilever support systems has finally arrived everywhere. Sea Ray actually offered a horizontal aft frame option in 1999 on its …
Tricky client design challenges

January 1, 2023  |  Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

For most fabricators, long-term success doesn’t come from the easy jobs, but from the challenging projects. Using two case studies, I’ll present a few design challenges I’ve encountered in the hope that my experiences will help you work more smoothly with clients and shorten your learning curv…
Marketing old and new

January 1, 2023  |  Business

I majored in marketing in college. I thought I was great at “packaging an idea” and running with it. Now that I have owned Onboard Interiors LLC in Marblehead, Mass., for almost 20 years, I understand that marketing changes with the world, and the marine world is a unique market for sure.
Inspiration

January 1, 2023  |  Awards, Projects

The clients wanted to make adjustments and add to their current stainless steel dodger and bimini frames to create a more functional cockpit area for cruising. They asked that strong, high-quality materials be used so the final result would be suitable for offshore cruising. A significant challenge …