Technology is no longer the future—it’s now

March 1st, 2021

Darren Arthur in his New Jersey-based shop, Nautilux Custom Canvas. Arthur says his focus is on incorporating and developing technology standards for the industry while maintaining the craft. By Darren Arthur So, what is all this buzz about technology within the marine canvas industry? Some use it, some don’t, but within the next few years […]

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The right technology can save you money

October 17th, 2018

Trying to figure out which technology can save a business money can be confusing given all the options available. In his Oct. 17 Expo session, “Using Technology to Improve the Bottom Line,” Mark Stiver, manager of ecommerce, strategy and analytics for Trivantage, gave a high-level view of the primary types of technology available to specialty […]

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Can the Maker Movement benefit the marine industry?

August 1st, 2017

Roombas, smart phone apps, Alexa, and cars with park assist. It seems that humans don’t have to do much of anything these days in order to vacuum the carpet, track their calories, turn on the lights or squeeze their Ford Focus between curbside SUVs. And yet, like the balance of nature, the world needs a […]

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Competitive edge through technology

July 1st, 2016

New software and hardware help fabricators find new efficiencies. Efficiency and consistent quality are two factors that marine fabricators consider before investing in technology. In addition, the marine industry—and consumers in general—look for customized solutions to meet their unique design needs. Marine fabricators can look to several companies for solutions to improve their production processes. […]

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Step toward technology

May 1st, 2014

Darren Arthur runs his marine canvas shop with two employees—and he’s added an automated plotter-cutter system to improve productivity. The decision to buy a plotter-cutter system for my marine canvas shop was initially an overwhelming idea,” says Darren Arthur, owner of Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in Hazlet, N.J. “I had never seen that type of […]

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Going hi-tech

January 1st, 2014

Faster, better, smarter: Is there always a way to get there? Maybe. And yet it’s not easy to determine what is faster, better or smarter for any one marine fabrication shop. Technological advancements in three-dimensional software and hardware engineering are changing the way many fabricators do business. While some programs might be cost-prohibitive for certain […]

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Fabricators go mobile

July 1st, 2013

When Charlene and Chandler Clark, owners of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va., wanted to improve their business, they turned to tablet computers. The mobile devices—an iPad for Charlene and Android for Chandler, purchased last year—proved their worth right away. “It allowed us to engage the customer in better, more active ways, and to get immediate […]

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Tech blows in

May 1st, 2013

OK, you’re afloat in the Bahamas. The enclosure protecting your pilot house blows out. You need a fix right away. Wind, waves, weather—it happens all the time, but replacement isn’t always easy. In many such cases, an enclosure must be fitted carefully to your specific boat. So, stuck there in the Bahamas, you contact the […]

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Cruising on the web

January 1st, 2013

Everyone has a website these days. Right? You don’t? Cheer up. In a way, even if you don’t have a website, you’re in the same boat with a lot firms that do. Many people, hosting a web presence or not, are still trying to figure out how to design and maintain a site that actually […]

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Intelligent boat interiors

July 1st, 2012

Updates to a boat’s interior design and upholstery provide boat owners the opportunity to easily express their individuality through their boat’s appearance. Options for creative expression have never been greater thanks to new colors, textures and patterns produced in high-performance fabrics. Fabric trends Industry leaders point to fabrics with linen-like textures and bold colors and […]

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