Tools of the Trade: Marine fabricators share their favorites

May 1st, 2021

We asked marine fabricators to tell us about the “must-have” tools in their shop. The variety and creativity of submissions we received told us what we already knew—fabricators are a resourceful and innovative lot! By Cathy Broberg Hercules 1575 foam cutter with Bosch blade “A good quality foam cutter makes shop life so much easier,” […]

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Finishing Touches

January 1st, 2021

Finished seam options such as piping and topstitching increase durability and add decorative details as seen in this aft double seat fabricated by Terri Madden, Sand Sea & Air Interiors. Photo: Sand Sea & Air Interiors Inc. Materials and techniques for marine trimmings that improve form and function.  by Sigrid Tornquist It all matters. Fabric. […]

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Training a new generation

January 1st, 2020

Kathryn Maisto mastered her marine canvas skills over a lifetime and across oceans, and now she’s training a new generation. By Jill C. Lafferty I’m always looking for ways to enhance our product line,” says Kathryn Maisto, owner of Fairwinds Canvas LLC, Racine, Wis. “In what we do and what we offer, we have truly […]

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Additional services enrich relationships and bottom line

December 6th, 2019

Adding services to core offerings can provide a way to cement customers to your business, meeting more of their needs and strengthening your appeal—and bottom line—in the process. As an online retailer and wholesaler for upholsterers, sewers and DIYers, Sailrite offers a variety of tools, hardware, kits and other supplies, in addition to its proprietary […]

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A business inspired by a hurricane

January 1st, 2017

Kathryn J. Maisto, MFC, the owner and managing member of Fairwinds Canvas LLC and Canvas Training Center, says her commitment to continuous learning has kept her business moving forward. Fairwinds Canvas, based in Racine, Wis., was founded in 2000, and Maisto has 22 years of marine fabrication experience. Her business has four employees who stay […]

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