2016 New Product Showcase

January 1, 2016

Marine Fabricator‘s compilation of products to help you create profit-producing projects. Products and information were submitted by manufacturers and suppliers by the established deadline. Awning fabric The Sattler 745 FR awning fabric features a flame-retardant PVC-coated polyester membrane that meets NFPA 701, CPAI-84, CSFM Title19, CPAI-84, BS7837, CAN/ULC-S109, NFB 92-507 requirements. Featuring UV resistance, color …

Full coverage

Tips and trends in travel and mooring covers. Every boat owner wants to be on the water as much as possible. But even the most avid mariners need to make the occasional trip to shore, and when they do, they need to protect their craft from the elements. Good mooring and travel covers protect the …

Window treatments to WOW your customers

This article presents options for the perfect look and fit for those challenging yacht windows. A bit of experience will help, but don’t be daunted by the encounter; just reading this page likely means you have already overcome obstacles for other areas of vessels that were once demanding. Entire lines of blinds and shades are …

Estimating for profit

Understanding the customer’s unique wants and requirements goes to the heart of successful custom projects. Larry Schneider of Homestyle Upholstery and Awning in Bayview, Wis., recently worked on a project that seemed like it would be fairly simple, and one marine fabricators might recognize—adding screens to a car trailer so the customer could sleep in …

Ready to share 35 years of fabrication experience

In this series of articles, I will be introducing you to another talented fabricator, Aaron Stroud-Smith from Canvas Barn Marine Trimming, located across the country in Victoria. Aaron has taken on 95 percent of my strange methods, changing the way he fabricates and having excellent success with his end results. Back in 1978, at 16, I …

2016 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 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 organically …

As the ACA stands

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been around since 2010, and despite more than 50 congressional attempts to repeal it, its shaky financial footing may do it in. According to a report from the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, small businesses are among those most vulnerable to steep health-care cost increases affecting …