A healthy living

September 1, 2015

Inflatable products need not be oversized to have a big impact; small can be mighty, especially when it comes to inflatables designed to provide relief on an individual basis, such as those popping up in wellness centers, hospitals, nursing homes and even on clothing racks and in closets. Here’s a quick overview of three companies …

Shade sales: Just add water

March 1, 2015

The resurgence in boating and the concern over sun safety have been a boon for marine fabricators offering products that protect and beautify without spoiling the fun, or the view. People are taking to the water in record numbers, encouraged in part by plummeting gas prices. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, approximately 89 …

Beds of stone

February 1, 2015

Case studies highlight marine mattress applications. Marine mattresses are rock-filled containers constructed with advanced UV-stabilized co-polymer geogrid materials. Geogrid panels are laced together to form mattress-shaped baskets that are filled with small stones similar to the construction of gabions. They can also be filled with recycled concrete aggregate to form an effective protective layer against …

The next steps

June 1, 2014

Carol Racine takes on one challenge after another as she and her husband build a business and make plans for a sewing school. “I know my limitations—but I’m always challenging those limits,” says Carol Racine, president of Racine Design in Jacksonville, Fla. “I don’t let the fact that I haven’t done a certain type of …

Riding a wave

Marine fabricators are swamped with projects for boat owners, from vintage renovations to custom upgrades for new boats. The boating market has always been a good indicator of economic health and consumer confidence in the U.S. Nearly 90 million Americans participate in recreational boating, generating some $83 billion in annual spending. Even while sales of …

Making an artful dodger

February 1, 2014

Jason Iverson’s approach is anything but business as usual. Jason Iverson is passionate about his business. It’s obvious when he talks about the details of his designs and how he works with his customers. He has been able to combine two of his passions—product design and sailing—to launch Iverson’s Design Inc., a successful business designing …

Powered retractable roofs for boats

January 1, 2014

Boat builders and buyers want convenience on a vessel in which both invest time and money, and automated power roofs are becoming a must-have. Taylor Made Systems, Gloversville, N.Y. and its partner company, Ameritex Fabric Systems, Bradenton, Fla., have the boating industry covered, literally, with a new range of glass and canvas power sunroof systems …

Net gains: saving marine life

Interface Inc., a worldwide designer and manufacturer of carpet tiles and environmental recycling champion with European headquarters in Paris, France, recently joined “Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear” program to recover and re-use abandoned fishing nets. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are approximately 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets …

Restoring the USS Iowa

August 1, 2013

The USS Iowa patrolled the ocean from World War II until it was mothballed in 1990, the last battleship in the world to be retired from service. At the USS Iowa’s new home at the USS Iowa Battleship Museum, San Pedro, Calif., the restored version is on display, along with statistics about the ship’s fast …

Rising economic tide for boaters

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported a 10.7 percent increase in retail sales of new power boats and sailboats in 2012, demonstrating that a rising economic tide lifts all boats. The figures, part of NMMA’s annual U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, show that 37.8 percent of American adults, or 88 million people, are expected …