LED illuminating fabric

March 17, 2022  |  Products

Kanvaslight® by Guardtex is an illuminating fabric that can be used in applications like bimini tops, seating, awnings and sunshades. The UL-certified technology allows textile structures to be used as a broad lighting surface. The two-component system, a light injector and an illuminating fabric, …
New marine fabric selection techniques

March 1, 2022  |  Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

We marine fabricators love fabrics. In fact, most of the conversations I have with customers start like this, “We love fabric. We have fabrics in every color under the rainbow. But our fabrics are special because they are marine grade.” And let’s be honest, fabric is the fun part of our job, r…
Find creativity in marine fabrication frustration

March 1, 2022  |  Business

Are you dogged by missteps? Do you perceive your mistakes as creative opportunities or simply as failures? Are the challenges of custom work creating stress in the rest of your life? And finally, where do you as a fabricator find purpose in your life? I can’t speak for everyone, but I discover min…
Success: Despite and because of

March 1, 2022  |  Editorial

The marine fabrication business often seems like a business of nothing but problems. Supply chain bottlenecks, a lack of employees, demanding customers and too little time to address the ever-growing waitlist. But it’s also a business filled with problem solvers. That’s the beauty of working wit…
2022 MFA Conference: Energy, excitement and relief

March 1, 2022  |  News

After a year’s hiatus, the 2022 Marine Fabricators Conference that took place Jan. 13-15 at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, S.C., came roaring back with laughter, learning and gratitude. With a total of 220 attendees, a record 90 first-time attendees and 46 exhibitors, conference-goers enj…
New members join MFA

March 1, 2022  |  New Members, News

A1A Canvas  Key West, Fla. www.a1acanvas.com Boat Guys  Sarasota, Fla. www.boatguys.com Bow To Stern Upholstery and Repair LLC  Merritt Island, Fla. www.bowtosternupholstery.com Can Do Canvas Tequesta, Fla. www.candocanvas.com Cluny Point Canvas  Lakeville, N.Y. C Squared Canvas&…
Industry Events

March 1, 2022  |  Events

April 12, 2022 Fabricators Conference and Showcase 2022  Northcoast Canvas Training Workshops Port Clinton, Ohio www.ifai.com/event/fabricators-conference-and-showcase-2022 October 12–14, 2022 IFAI Expo 2022 Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, N.C. www.ifai.com/event/ifai-expo-2022 March 1…
Performance-enhanced marine fabric

March 1, 2022  |  Products

Armada, a durable, cost-effective line of coated marine fabrics has been further performance enhanced with the addition of Forbid SRT®, a proprietary topcoat by Enduratex. Adding the topcoat increases the performance value and longevity of its upholstery applications, which include marine, outdoor …
Easier bimini deployment hardware

March 1, 2022  |  Products

Accon Marine’s 415-TB Bimini Release hardware makes biminis and sunshades easier to deploy and stow. Built from polished 316 stainless steel, the low-profile surface-mount base installs with two #10 screws; a cutout isn’t needed. Unlike some marine shade solutions that require screws, pins or se…
Expanded colors for marine, awning acrylics

March 1, 2022  |  Products

Recasens USA has introduced an expanded selection of colors for its RECacril 60” fabric collection. Favored in the marine industry for its exceptional color resistance to high salinity conditions, the expanded collection is made from the same solution-dyed acrylic fibers as the traditional 47” w…