Cindy Boersema adapts to the unexpected—and succeeds

April 1, 2013  |  Feature, Management, Marine, Perspective

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, M…
Trends in marine style

March 1, 2013  |  Feature, Marine, Markets, Products, Upholstery

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 technol…
Cockpit enclosure offers maximum visibility

March 1, 2013  |  Marine, Projects

[Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada A very tall client wanted a redesign of a full center cockpit enclosure on a 46-foot steel ketch to provide maximum height inside for visibility. He also wanted a waterproof fabric for the roof, sturdy framework and easy functioning panels for the f…
Rigid enclosure provides offshore comfort

March 1, 2013  |  Marine, Projects

[Riverside Covers] Fort Myers, Fla., U.S.A. An avid fisherman, who regularly travels 30-40 miles offshore for his sport, wanted to be able to travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned helm. Riverside Covers was hired to fabricate a three-sided rigid enclosure for the helm area on 375 Pursuit made …
Dramatic power boat redo

March 1, 2013  |  Marine, Projects, Upholstery

[Marine Concepts] Osage Beach, Mo., U.S.A. A customer of Marine Concepts hired the company to completely customize his high performance power boat, giving it a distinctive look to suit the boat’s Dragon logo. To do that, the company also made carbon fiber dash panels and side panels for the bo…
Folding, stacking yacht sunroof shades boaters

February 1, 2013  |  Marine, Products

Designers and builders of yachts 35 to 130 feet long want the wind at their backs, the sun on their faces and a canvas sunroof that retracts and folds automatically. Trend Marine Products, Norfolk, England, produces glass and glazing solutions, carbon fiber skeletal roofs and roof drive systems for …
‘Safe to Sea’ gear goes overboard

January 1, 2013  |  Marine, Projects

The Spanish fishing fleet is the largest in the European Union, employing approximately 80,000 sailors, most working on small vessels with few crew members. Sailors falling overboard due to a boat’s slippery deck, sudden change of direction or shift in equipment face life-threatening peril&mda…
Shade on the water

January 1, 2013  |  Marine, Markets, Projects

Marine fabricators craft unique shade systems for boat owners. By Holly O’Dell A decade ago, shading on boats was relegated to permanent or semi-permanent structures. Marine fabricators, however, started to experiment with removable shade structures, and boaters got on board. “With all t…
Marine fabric that remains soft and flexible

January 1, 2013  |  Marine, Products

New Breakwater X™ interpolymer alloy remains soft in punishing environments and offers a 10-year warranty. The fabric does not rely on plasticizers to remain soft and pliable; it retains all the advantages of a lightweight fabric and offers maximum resistance to prolonged exposure to salt wate…
Olympic rowing boat features carbon-reinforced fabric

August 1, 2012  |  Marine, Projects

While world-class athletes are the central focus of London’s 2012 Summer Olympic games, innovations in clothing and equipment help athletes go farther and faster in competition. The Dutch Rowing Federation and Olympic Team Netherlands tapped into the material expertise of DSM, Heelen, The Neth…