Planning and pricing are key to making custom projects pay off

May 1, 2019

Custom projects offer fabricators a numbers of advantages, such as interesting work, a broader customer base and a reputation as a can-do company. When Eric Walton and Devlin McKee opened Custom Canvas Alaska LLC in Fairbanks 14 years ago, the partners knew they had to offer custom canvas work beyond the boat tops they started …

Keeping your balance

2019 looks like another year of growth for the marine industry, according to IFAI’s market research. The U.S. economy is above full employment and consumer confidence is at a 17-year high. Entering 2019, consumers see a stronger economy than do businesses; however, both believe the economy has room to grow. Although marine fabricators welcome an …

Installing headboards and wall panels

By Terri Madden  A headboard or wall panel is the focal point of a cabin. Selecting its shape, texture and color are essential steps in creating the desired atmosphere of a stateroom or guest quarters. Headboards and wall panels are similar in fabrication and installation; the difference is that headboards are mounted horizontally, and wall …

2019 Premier Product Showcase

High-quality products help you create durable, attractive and successful projects. For this feature, we asked our contributors to send us information about their high-performing products. The product information was submitted by the participating manufacturers and suppliers by the established deadline. The products are organized into three categories: Fabric, Film, Foam and Flooring; Equipment, Tools & …

PVC Tracks: bending and installation

by Kyle Van Damme, MFC Using a track and keder welt combo to fasten an enclosure to a boat gives your project a sleek and seamless look. It sets your job apart from competitors, is an excellent upsell, and creates a professional and modern appearance. It’s one thing to create a new enclosure on a …

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Marketing your marine canvas business

By David Huntington Marketing is a critical component in the success of all businesses, and marine fabrication is no different. You may be booked weeks in advance, but even established shops should include marketing in their annual business plan to continue to build “brand equity”—making your brand valuable to the customer. Strong brand equity improves …

New members join MFA

Back Creek Canvas Shawn James www.backcreekcanvas.com Norwell, Mass.  D Squared and Blu Water Canvas Deborah Dorland Selak www.bluwatercanvas.com Tahoe City, Calif.  Dunlap Industries Inc. Mike Kwasnik www.dunlapworld.com Dunlap, Tenn.    Even Keel Canvas Whitney Carman www.evenkeelcanvas.com El Segundo, Calif.    Hayden Island Canvas Josh Davis www.haydenislandcanvas.com Portland, Ore.    Kustom Kovers Dennis Ogburn www.kustomkovers.com Daytona …

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Concerning your article “Clearing up the differences” (Jan/Feb 2019), I take issue with the quotation “extruded vinyl…can be an appropriate choice for applications that don’t see prolonged exposure to the environment.” Many factors determine the longevity of a vinyl window but how the vinyl is processed is not one of them. Responsible suppliers …

Sewing machine savvy

Maintenance—and knowing your machine—means less downtime It’s human nature. Even the best-intentioned person doesn’t always floss his or her teeth daily. And, as it turns out, not all fabricators read the instruction manuals for their sewing machines. Or take the time to keep up with the machine’s maintenance needs. Those who don’t are much more …

Tools, tips and tricks

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest. Tip 1  Use color coding to track job progress I purchase multicolor job folders from our local office supply company and coordinate my Outlook calendar using category colors that correspond with the folders. —Joni Johnstone, Lakeside Marine Canvas Inc. …