On-the-job training vs. classroom workshops

July 1, 2014

Both have their advocates. Hear from the experts in the marine fabrication industry to see which fits your business. What is the best route to become a skilled marine canvas fabricator? Focused classes or on-the-job training? For Mark Hood, owner of Hood Marine Canvas in Merrimac, Mass., taking a series of focused classes is the …

Quinte Marine Canvas and Upholstery

Quinte Marine Canvas and Upholstery Quinte Marine Canvas and Upholstery How did you get started? I bought a boat. Its upholstery, though, was not something I would want my cat to sit on. An old-school electrician and contractor, my dad always taught me to be handy, to fix things on my own. So, with a …

Compensation control

You can protect your workers … while keeping workers’ compensation costs in line. If you’re a typical marine-fabrication business owner, workers’ compensation costs—or the threat of them—can quickly become a major expense burden. Almost every business in the United States that has employees must deal with the cost of workers’ compensation; it’s a perennial issue, …

$16 million available to boost recreational boating

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in May awarded more than $14.27 million in Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program competitive grants to 10 states and the District of Columbia. The service also will provide approximately $2.48 million to 27 states, commonwealths and territories willing to match smaller, non-competitive grants dedicated to boating infrastructure projects. “Anglers …

Enduratex

Mira Koma, Calif.-based Enduratex has introduced 12 new colors and added its stain-resistant topcoat Forbid to its Predictions line of vinyl-coated fabrics. There are now 24 total SKUs in the Predictions collection. Enduratex serves the marine, automotive, hospitality, healthcare and spa industries.

NMMA’s 2013 Statistical Abstract available to download

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) 2013 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, featuring industry statistics and research date, is now available for members to download. This collection of recreational-boating data features more than 360 pages and includes updates on boater and boat owner demographics, an 18-year history of recreational boat and engine exports and imports with …

Cordless drill

BLACK+DECKER has introduced the 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill with AutoSense Technology featuring an automatic clutch that is three times more accurate than a mechanical clutch. The drill stops automatically when it senses the screw is flush with the work surface.

Fewest boating deaths recorded

The U.S. Coast Guard has released its 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics, revealing that boating fatalities totaled 560—the fewest boating fatalities on record. From 2012 to 2013, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased 14 percent, from 651 to 560, and injuries decreased from 3,000 to 2,620. The total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,515 to 4,062, …

DockMaster

My-Villages has launched the DockMaster 8.0 suite of marine business software for beta testing; it features new navigation, scheduling and dashboard features. DockMaster 8.0 unifies the user experience across all modules, improves overall navigation, and provides flexibility and control over critical data. Its architecture has been upgraded to provide seamless connectivity to off-site “cloud” data …

Boating Industry picks top products

Emphasizing products that advance the “business of boating,” Boating Industry has selected its top 40. With submissions ranging from new boats to software to accessories and more, the winners were chosen based on such factors as innovation, impact on the industry and how they advanced their category or created a new category. All products listed …