Dave Elliot shows strength in economic turmoil

August 1, 2013

Dave Elliot distinguishes his business from the competition by slowing down and keeping strict standards. By Sigrid Tornquist “The past years’ economic challenges have not been a problem for my business—in fact, I think they’ve made my business even stronger because I’ve separated my business from the competition,” says Dave Elliot, owner of David’s Custom …

Marine fabricators translate skills to other markets

June 1, 2013

Upselling works with marine fabrication skills that transfer to other applications. By Barb Ernster Terri Madden moved to Puerto Rico 18 years ago and established a marine fabrication business servicing the marina located near her shop, Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc. in San Juan. In the entrepreneurial spirit, she was determined to grow her …

Underwater tenting helps advance marine science

Clear vinyl pyramids are proving to be a valuable tool for checking reef health. By Lynn Keillor It may seem that Dr. Nichole Price has a job in paradise: cruising between remote tropical, often deserted, islands in the South Pacific, doing a bit of diving and pitching tents. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps …

Dorsal LLC creates sailing sunrise

[Dorsal LLC] Sturgeon Bay, Wis., U.S.A. The owner of a 30-foot Sea Sprite boat wanted the appearance of sunrise over the water for the craft’s sail. Dorsal LLC created a custom-designed solution with Challenge’s Fibermax 44, a ¾-ounce ripstop nylon. The sail is a classic-type spinnaker that uses a spinnaker pole for stabilization. Dorsal also …

Recacril’s lasting quality

May 1, 2013

Recacril®, a 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic for awning and marine applications, is treated with a special process where nanoparticles completely cover the surface of the fibers, forming a permanent coat to ensure the lasting quality of the fabric. After treatment, both the surface and the inside of the fabric are permanently protected against dirt buildup …

Fabrics that resist the elements

Eclipse laminated and reinforced PVC can be configured with a variety of treatments and is available in a variety of embossed finishes to suit the market and end use. For static tarpaulins, sporting goods, such as landing mats, fumigation covers, tents and awnings. Sentinel coated and reinforced PVC is customizable to suit your market and …

Enduratex fabrics have look of tweed

Berwick Tweed replicates the look of real tweed fabric and, because of the brushed loop backing, the hand is soft and supple like fabric. It’s the newest line in the British Ale Collection, launching with 20 new SKUs. Enduratex provides vinyl-coated fabrics to the automotive, hospitality, marine, health care and spa industries. FORBID, the recently …

Better-than-new boat seats

April 1, 2013

[Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc.] San Juan, Puerto Rico When the owner of a high-profile speedboat wanted a total replacement of its exterior upholstery, Sand Sea and Air Interiors used a vinyl with silver-ion technology for a striking look and durable finish. The seating area had both exposed and recessed hi-lo cushions that could …

Cindy Boersema adapts to the unexpected—and succeeds

Cindy Boersema takes an unexpected partnership dissolution and builds a sound sole proprietorship. By Sigrid Tornquist “I think the most significant lesson I’ve learned over the past couple of years is not to get too comfortable,” says Cindy Boersema, owner of The Nautical Needle in Holland, Mich. “Being a business owner is not about relying …

Trends in marine style

March 1, 2013

The push and pull of tradition and fashion keep fabrics and fabricators in touch with customers. By Dara Syrkin The first quarter of each year is rife with predictions. Will the clothing color trends you see in Sunday newspaper advertisements appear in your customers’ boats? Maybe. Has technology responded to boat owners’ needs and desires? …