Spreading the word

May 1, 2022  |  Editorial

Are your marketing efforts attracting the types of clients and projects you’re interested in? If not, how should you go about it? The first step, obviously, is creating quality projects. And then you need to get the word out to your desired clients. For Midwesterners like myself, tooting our own h…
2022 MFA Regional Workshop delivers fun and education

May 1, 2022  |  News

The first in-person regional MFA workshop since 2019 was held over two days in February at Charlton’s Marine Canvas in Yorktown, Va., and provided the 34 participants an enjoyable way to advance their fabrication skills, grow their networks and connect with exhibitors. 
New members join MFA

May 1, 2022  |  New Members, News

Marine Fabricators Association welcomes the following new members. For complete contact information, visit www.ifai.com/marine.
Industry Events

May 1, 2022  |  Events

Oct. 12–14, 2022 IFAI Expo 2022 Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, N.C. ifaiexpo.com Jan. 26–28, 2023 MFA Conference 2023  Sheraton New Orleans New Orleans, La. ifai.com/marineconference Sept. 9–11, 2022 North Coast Harbor Boat Show  North Coast Harbor Marina Cleveland, Ohio northcoastha…
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Spreading the word

May 1, 2022  |  Features

What’s the best way to market your small fabrication shop? It comes down to one simple concept, “word of mouth.” It doesn’t matter whether your shop is in Arizona, New Hampshire or New Zealand, the approach doesn’t change—reputation is the most significant factor in growing a successful …
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Diving In

May 1, 2022  |  Features

if a college friend hadn’t had extra space in a harborside building he was renting in downtown Bellingham, Greg Keeler may have never started up Bellingham, Wash.-based marine canvas company Oyster Creek Canvas Co.
2022 Premier Product Showcase

May 1, 2022  |  Features, Premier Product Showcase

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; Equi…
Pattern darting

May 1, 2022  |  Exterior and Cover, Projects

Pattern darting is a useful technique to have in any marine fabricator’s toolbox. This article will provide an example of this technique using a series of forward enclosure panels that tuck under the windshield to a line of fasteners.
Ultimate cushion design

May 1, 2022  |  Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

At Interiors by Dawn, the ultimate cushion design—which provides increased drainage and airflow, reduced mold and mildew growth and longevity—is always evolving. This is not for every customer or project; we tailor and customize our cushions to fit each individual project. However, we make sure …
Ransomware attacks affect small businesses

May 1, 2022  |  Business

The recent proliferation of well-publicized cyberattacks has revealed ransomware to be a serious national security threat. Still largely hidden from public view, however, are the attacks on small businesses, including many within the industrial, specialty and advanced textile industry, that don’t …