Discover Boating enlists bloggers

September 2, 2014

According to BlogHer, which tracks women’s use of social media, some 37 million women read blogs primarily to help them make decisions for their families. For the second summer in a row, Discover Boating tapped into the influential audience by selecting 39 moms, three dads and four millennials to share their boating experiences and interaction with …

Lawmakers urge higher RFS ethanol levels

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has asked the Obama administration to rethink plans to lower biofuel requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Fifty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives from 22 mostly rural states signed the June 26 letter. The legislators represent mostly farm states that benefit from the use of corn and other …

The romance of the water

On-water repairs aren’t for everyone, but some fabricators are finding business to be lucrative. Question: Do you respond to your customers’ repair needs by hopping in your boat and going to their boats to do the work? Range of answers: “Sounds like fun” to “Nope” to “Oh my God!” Charles Klein, owner of Dorsal LLC …

U.S. steel makers urge import duties

Bloomberg reports United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and United States Steel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi have “lobbied” the Obama administration to impose duties on imports of Korean steel products that are “hurting” the U.S. industry. The pair allege steel from Korea is being sold below cost in the United States. The Commerce Department was …

Got you covered

Liability insurance protects shop owners from being swamped by possible misfortunes. Predicting the future is like forecasting the weather. You think you know what’s going to happen—then it doesn’t. There has been a great deal written in the past few years concerning the legal liability of companies, usually in terms of a weather-related crisis or …

House OKs faster write-offs for equipment

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow companies to write off more than half the cost of investments in the first year, providing a tax boost to businesses. The plan, passed 258-160, over the next decade, would reduce federal tax revenue by $287 billion, helping companies that regularly make capital investments. All but …

Off the beaten path

Uncommon, unique and outright strange requests are a regular for marine fabricators. Here are some favorites. Chris Griffin never thought she’d find herself in the restaurant business when she started B & C Custom Canvas of Hampton, Va., with her partner, Buck Tucker, nearly 10 years ago. But that’s exactly where she has found herself …

Safety Components names sales and development liaison

Safety Components of Greenville, S.C., has named Kevin Maine to work with marine, awning and other outdoor fabricators. Maine was previously a market research intern for Uniforms Express, an exclusive partner of Reebok, where he investigated the needs of university and high-school coaches. A graduate of North Carolina State University, he has a BS in …

Chasing public dollar

Remember the Good Old Days? You offered a service; they signed up and sent the money. That was then. Today’s fabricators of marine products must be proactive in securing business. And if you’re seeking to procure accounts with the military and/or government sector, that business mantra spikes to a whole new level. This is not …

Center console covers

As many of our students and readers know, we use Tyvek as our patterning medium here at Hood Canvas. We think of it as a reinforced brown paper. Plastic will expand, contract and stretch; Tyvek or brown paper will not. This effectively eliminates a variable in the build process. On non-tensioned loose-fitting covers such as …