New members join MFA

August 31, 2023  |  New Members, News

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. The MFA is a division of the Advanced Textiles Association, formerly known as IFAI. Join the only trade associa…
Marine Industry Events

August 31, 2023  |  Events

All calendar events are subject to change. Please check websites for updated information.
Waterproof stitched seams

August 31, 2023  |  Products

Whether fabric is stretched from wind or body movement, seams bear the brunt of the stress. Needle holes enlarge and sewn material pulls away to leave paths for water to seep through. Seam Sealer coats these areas with an invisible non-silicone waterproof barrier that doesn’t change the fabric’s…
Seamstick taper tool

August 31, 2023  |  Products

Invented to make taping zippers easier, the Seamstick Taper is designed to apply seamstick tape to one side of a zipper, webbing or facing. The tape block on top is interchangeable to accommodate whatever the fabricator is taping. With the removal of a single bolt, the tape block is easily changed t…
Spring-loaded hole punch set

August 31, 2023  |  Products

Stimpson’s new spring-loaded hole punch set allows fabricators to single-source everything needed to set grommets and washers confidently, accurately and securely. The industrial-grade hole punch is made from high-quality W1 steel. It features a hardened guide pin for precise hole placement every …
Stronger boat cover fabrics

August 31, 2023  |  Products

AquaTop fabrics are built for strength and durability in extreme marine conditions. AquaTop Air is a 7.5- ounce solution-dyed fabric that is up to 1.5 times stronger and built for extreme UV resistance in sunbaked climates. AquaTop is an 8.75-ounce coated fabric that is up to 1.7 times stronger for …
Versatile engineered fastener

August 31, 2023  |  Products

C.S. Osborne’s LOXX® self-locking, quick-release two-part engineered fasteners are strong and versatile. Once the male lower and female upper parts are locked, the only way to release the fastener is to pull up on the upper cap where there is an internal tension spring to control the action when …
Sailor-friendly sailboat dodger designs

August 31, 2023  |  Exterior and Cover, Projects

I have been a sailor longer than I have been a marine fabricator. In fact, being a sailor is how I got into this business. I often hear from fellow fabricators that the client is not always right, but when it comes to dodger design, it is important to listen to the client’s desires.
Navigating the future of labor

August 31, 2023  |  Business

Organizations need to be thinking about tomorrow and, more specifically, how the future of work, the workforce and the workplace will be dramatically different from what we know today. And more important, from what it has been in the past.
Safety practices at the marina and in the shop

August 31, 2023  |  Features

It was late in the day, rain was threatening, and Edward Skrzynski needed to cover a boat that was on an elevator lift before the storm hit. All the available workers were out, so telling no one he was leaving, he headed out to handle the task alone. Just as he arrived, it started drizzling. Climbin…