Cockpit enclosure offers maximum visibility

March 1, 2013

[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 front window, entry points to the …

Rigid enclosure provides offshore comfort

[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 with 80g impact, modified clear rigid …

Dramatic power boat redo

[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 boat to match the carbon fiber …

Folding, stacking yacht sunroof shades boaters

February 1, 2013

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 recreational boats. OEM yacht designers and …

‘Safe to Sea’ gear goes overboard

January 1, 2013

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—especially without safety gear. Scio IT, a Spanish research and development company …

Shade on the water

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 the concern about sun exposure and skin cancer, shade tops have really come …

Marine fabric that remains soft and flexible

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 water, heat and UV radiation. Breakwater X meets ASTM standards …

Olympic rowing boat features carbon-reinforced fabric

August 1, 2012

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 Netherlands, to build a rowing boat that would power past other crews. …

Set sail in a folding fabric boat

[Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL)], Switzerland Created by Thibault Penven, a student at ECAL, the Ar Vag (which translates as “boat” in Brittany) is a folding fabric vessel with oars. Designed for use as a shuttle between the shore and a larger vessel, it functions well on a lake or in quiet seas for …

Jeri Perillo turns walk-in requests into revenue

Jeri Perillo has had her share of odd walk-in requests—followed by growing revenue streams. By Sigrid Tornquist “The relationships we’ve built that have resulted in revenue streams weren’t something we went looking for; they came to us,” says Jeri Perillo, president of Custom Canvas of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. “And I think that if you …