Turn onetime gigs into long-term revenue streams

March 1st, 2020

By Jeff Moravec For many people, the so-called gig economy has created an entirely new way to make a living. The idea of side hustles may strike many fabricators as familiar—just with a new name. It’s not difficult to find fabricators who started a business with a narrow, well-defined specialty, only to find opportunities (sometimes […]

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Tools, tips and tricks

March 1st, 2020

These are submissions to the 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest.  Tip 1  Clever solo measuring trick Installing a snap stud on your tape measure can help you simplify measuring when you're working alone. Being that I do most of my measuring alone, I’ve always struggled with getting the end of the […]

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Outside patterning techniques

January 1st, 2019

When you’re re-covering built-in boat furniture, you can never have too many techniques tucked into your upholstery toolbox. Many fabricators use the same techniques every time, while others enjoy adapting and changing things up a bit. During the first half of my career, I patterned built-in boat upholstery either by creating new patterns from steamed […]

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Zipper tricks and techniques

March 1st, 2018

Advanced tips and techniques for choosing and working with zippers in your projects. Providing an excellent end product is paramount to marine fabricators, and zippers play a vital role in the long-term functionality of everything from covers to cushions. But zippers can be tricky. Choosing the right one can be confusing, and working with zippers […]

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Needle and thread know-how

January 1st, 2018

In every theatrical production there are people laboring behind the scenes, working hard to keep things moving forward seamlessly. Generally unsung (at least by the audience), their efforts are integral to the performance’s success; indeed, without these folks the play would quickly fall apart no matter how well-written the script or how fine the actors. […]

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Shop organization tips and techniques

July 1st, 2017

"For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” That sage advice from American founding father Benjamin Franklin holds true for any marine fabrication business, because an organized shop can improve employee efficiency and affect the bottom line all while keeping customers coming back for more. Streamlined Processes Marine fabricators are always looking for ways […]

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Seating solutions for reclining, storage and temperature control

March 1st, 2017

When a customer requests an unusual type of seating for a boat, it’s a fabrication opportunity to begin a comfortable dialogue with that client. Instead of hesitantly saying, “I will try to do my best,” turn your response into, “I am here to help you.” That customer may have already heard a reluctant fabricator say, […]

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