Planning and pricing are key to making custom projects pay off

May 1st, 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. The owner of this 2003 Chaparral 232 Sunesta had a simple request of Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery—make it new. Shown here is the one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, tailor-trimmed interior featuring textured material and […]

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On-site repair work on the rise

September 1st, 2013

When John Kissel of Kissel Boat Cover, North Olmsted, Ohio, steps onto a marina to do on-site boat cover work, he does so quietly. “I keep a low profile,” Kissel says. “When boat owners see me there, I’m inundated with work.” An improving economy and a taste for convenience are driving on-site and mobile boat […]

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Tackling patterning variations

September 1st, 2012

At Hood Canvas we have two variations of our patterning technique. The first is our one-step process in which we make our entire pattern in one trip to the boat. The second is our two-step process that we use for larger bimini enclosure patterns. Our two-step process utilizes elements of the one-step process to fabricate […]

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Wide fabric reinforcements

January 1st, 2012

There are many good ways to reinforce aft covers or mooring covers. At Hood Canvas, we like the look and strength that wide reinforcements provide. They require more time, effort and materials to fabricate, but our customers appreciate the results. Wide fabric reinforcements: Start to finish It helps to draw up a reinforcing diagram as […]

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Trusted tips for creating custom covers

March 1st, 2010

“Travel covers are notoriously good and bad,” says Steve Griffith, owner of Marine Tops Unlimited in Madison, Wis. “The good part is they will keep your boat clean and dry.” The downside is that the wind created by driving down the highway can cause the cover to billow out, blow around and damage both the […]

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Upholstery shop creates custom pontoon cover

July 1st, 2009

One man takes on a pontoon cover that combines size with detailing. The customer knew exactly what he wanted when he showed up at Bud’s Upholstery in Signal Hill, Calif., towing a well-kept 2006 Odyssey Tri-Toon. “The stock boat cover on my Odyssey is getting tired,” he said. “I’d like a new, good-looking, custom cover...you […]

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What to do when pollution lands on your work

September 1st, 2008

Not long after she and her husband bought their Florida canvas business, a mystery confronted Rebecca Hillan of T&C Canvas Inc. in Fort Myers, Fla. One of her customers lugged his year-old boat cover into the shop. The fabric layers were delaminating, actually separating from one another. “It was coming apart in our hands,” Hillan […]

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