Small tools and machines deliver big benefits

July 1st, 2022

A dual-feed electric grommet machine from Stimpson is used to install grommets in vinyl banners. The operator simply places the banner material into the machine, uses a laser pointer to position the material, and steps on a pedal to actuate the machine. Photo: Stimpson The “right tool for the job” has long been a maxim […]

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PVC Tracks: bending and installation

May 1st, 2019

by Kyle Van Damme, MFC This photo shows a camper back aft enclosure on a Formula® 40PC that is secured to the hardtop using a track and keder welt system. Using a track and keder welt combo to fasten an enclosure to a boat gives your project a sleek and seamless look. It sets your […]

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Canvas repairs—turning pain into profit

March 1st, 2019

Let’s go out on a limb here and make this proclamation: Repair jobs are not the sexiest work in the marine fabrication business. Okay, maybe that’s not so much of a limb. The fact is, some fabricators try to stay away from repair work altogether or consider it something of a necessary evil. They’ve got […]

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Coping with material failures and client confusion

July 1st, 2018

Material meltdowns, client confusion and the wrath of Mother Nature create challenges for fabricators that require savvy skills and teeth-gritting determination. Nearly every marine fabricator has stories about projects that went awry and failed to meet demands in one way or another. It might be thread that doesn’t hold up, a mooring cover tearing loose […]

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Warranting your work

September 1st, 2016

Going above and beyond protects customers' investment At first glance, marine fabricators may not seem to have much in common with L.L. Bean, the maker of outdoor clothing and gear. Bean became an icon in the business world through its legendary customer service, and that lesson is not lost on fabricators. Fabricators may never get […]

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