Rocking the boat

May 1st, 2016

Bold colors and new flooring alternatives are making waves in marine fabric. Greek philosopher Heraclitus said change is the only constant in the universe. While the application of marine textiles may not be as heady of a topic, it nonetheless abides by the same rule. Progress is impossible without change, and marine fabrics are making […]

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Full coverage

January 1st, 2016

Tips and trends in travel and mooring covers. Every boat owner wants to be on the water as much as possible. But even the most avid mariners need to make the occasional trip to shore, and when they do, they need to protect their craft from the elements. Good mooring and travel covers protect the […]

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What is trending on the water

January 1st, 2015

New acrylic-fabric options, customer color preferences and quilted cushion covers may not be trending heavily on Twitter this week, but in shops around the country, marine fabricators are noticing a changing tide in customers’ custom preferences. Game-changing new products don’t come along every year, but the custom boat-upholstery industry is steadily affected by gradual changes […]

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Off the beaten path

September 2nd, 2014

Uncommon, unique and outright strange requests are a regular for marine fabricators. Here are some favorites. Chris Griffin never thought she’d find herself in the restaurant business when she started B & C Custom Canvas of Hampton, Va., with her partner, Buck Tucker, nearly 10 years ago. But that’s exactly where she has found herself […]

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The Woven Revolution

May 1st, 2014

New vinyl flooring options have become wildly popular in exterior marine applications in just a few years. Will the trend last? When Bob Dylan sang “the times they are a’changin’,” he probably didn’t have exterior marine flooring fabrics in mind. Regardless, the times are a’changin’ for boat manufacturers, flooring designers and boating enthusiasts. Usually, not […]

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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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