BoatUS Foundation offers grants

January 1, 2015

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. Organizations with the best ideas will be awarded grants of up to $10,000 to implement their project. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, …

MFA members author books

Steve Szenay, first vice chair of the Marine Fabricators Association, and Tom Hunter, longtime MFA board member, each released books this past fall. Szenay’s “Marine Canvas Track to Track” offers “seven secrets to installing the perfect track.” They are his insights, gained from visiting some 1,100 canvas shops across the country, into the business of …

A clear vision

Charlene and Chandler Clark, owners of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va., are always careful to protect their clear vinyl windows throughout the fabrication and installation processes. “If we are working with a product that does not have a scratch-resistant coating, we will spray the glass with a protectant prior to working with it,” Charlene Clark …

U.S. Coast Guard drops life jacket type code labels

In October 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard dropped its life jacket type code scheme—Type I, II, III, IV and V—that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. The move is expected to lead to more comfortable and innovative life jacket designs and lower costs, …

What is trending on the water

New acrylic-fabric options, customer color preferences and quilted cushion covers may not be trending heavily on Twitter this week, but in shops around the country, marine fabricators are noticing a changing tide in customers’ custom preferences. Game-changing new products don’t come along every year, but the custom boat-upholstery industry is steadily affected by gradual changes …

Unique fasteners and fittings for tops

During the past few years, there have been a large number of new fasteners and fittings made available in the industry. I have found a number of them very applicable to the marine fabrication industry. With the import items from New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Holland, to name just a few, the U.S. market has …

New Product Showcase 2015

Marine Fabricator’s compilation of products to help you create profit-producing projects. Information was submitted by manufacturers and suppliers by the established deadline. Business-management software My-Villages’ DockMaster 8.0 software automates all of a marine business’ activities—such as inventory, service and repair, billing, customer relationship management, boat sales, transient reservations and more—in one platform. The program allows …

Learn to talk the talk, then walk the walk

Whether these are your early years as a fabricator or you are a seasoned “salty dog,” we all are walking a road with a unique language and set of skills. It’s fun to say “boating has been in my family for close to 100 years,” yet other than always having a passion for the water, …

Miami boat show docks at new slip

Hosted by Progressive Insurance, the Miami International Boat Show will move to the historic Miami Marine Stadium in 2016 and 2017. The 6,566-seat stadium, which had been closed for some 20 years, is the only stadium in the United States built for the purpose of watching powerboat races. It has been named a “historic national …

Cover Girl Marine Canvas & Upholstery

How did your shop get started? As a young woman, I lived in South Florida and wanted to do something I could travel with. That was canvas work, and I found a job as an apprentice for the wonderful pay of $4.64 an hour and quickly found out I had a real talent for it. …