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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How to choose interior and upholstery fabric

September 1st, 2011

Boat interior and upholstery work runs the gamut from utilitarian deck cushions on recreational boats to high-fashion staterooms on yachts with round-the-clock climate control. Regardless, fabrics used inside any boat are still in the marine environment and benefit from having the performance characteristics found in exterior fabrics, such as resistance to UV exposure, mildew and […]

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Factors for choosing fabric

July 1st, 2011

Fabricators know that successful marine products are made from many components. But, for their customers, the finished product is all about the fabric. Does it look good? Does it keep water out? Will it last? It’s up to the fabricator to select the best fabric for the project and the customer, based on the fabric’s […]

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Fabric technology

September 1st, 2010

Life in 21st century United States is dominated by technology—new technologies, as well as updates, upgrades and changes to the already familiar. We have smart phones and smarter cars, genetically modified food and DNA analysis in law enforcement. Although it may seem that these changes happened in an instant, technology actually advances in small steps. […]

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Trusted tips for creating custom covers

March 1st, 2010

“Travel covers are notoriously good and bad,” says Steve Griffith, owner of Marine Tops Unlimited in Madison, Wis. “The good part is they will keep your boat clean and dry.” The downside is that the wind created by driving down the highway can cause the cover to billow out, blow around and damage both the […]

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What to do when pollution lands on your work

September 1st, 2008

Not long after she and her husband bought their Florida canvas business, a mystery confronted Rebecca Hillan of T&C Canvas Inc. in Fort Myers, Fla. One of her customers lugged his year-old boat cover into the shop. The fabric layers were delaminating, actually separating from one another. “It was coming apart in our hands,” Hillan […]

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