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Classic sailboat makeover

June 1, 2012

[Iverson’s Design] Olympia, Wash. Iverson’s Design created the plan for a complete cockpit enclosure on a sailboat, including dodger, bimini, connector panel and sunshade mesh enclosure panels. All components of this enclosure are removable so the boat owner has a variety of options. The company also outfitted it with side and back grab rails, integrated …

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Boat enclosure features blend of material

[SeaCanvas] Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Sea Canvas was asked to recreate a four-sided enclosure using some soft, polished sheet vinyl and some EZ2CY acrylic window material. The client requested rigid windows forward, soft vinyl with U-zippers on the sides, and a roll-up aft door and aft mid windows. Looking to change to tracking on the …

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Chandler Clark beats the recession with hard work and ingenuity

May 1, 2012

Chandler Clark relies on hard work and ingenuity to build a thriving business during the recession. By Sigrid Tornquist “In the Navy they call it deckplate leadership,” says Chandler Clark, owner of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va. “It’s a leadership style that involves teamwork, common sense and taking care of your people—and I try to …

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Sattler presents Nautex products, PVC-coated fabrics

April 1, 2012

Designed for boat covers, Nautex coated vinyls includes PVC-coated Oceanic 613, treated to offer protection against UV radiation and adverse weather conditions. Available in three colors. Covermaster 697 is PVC-coated on one side of a tightly woven polyester base fabric. Waterproof to more than 1,000mm, it is lightweight for easier handling and available in 12 …

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Grand Cayman and Aqua Gun: marine upholsteries from Rochford

Nautolex Grand Cayman, finished with easy-to-clean protective PreFixx, is a durable marine upholstery fabric. Resistant to staining, abrasion, and scuffing, it is suited for both indoor and outdoor marine applications. Aqua Gun, solution-dyed 840 denier polyester, combines the fade resistance and softness of acrylic with the strength and weather resistance of polyester. Offered in multiple …

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NMMA Canada boating statistics report

March 1, 2012

In 2011, 38 percent of Canadian adults went boating, a statistic that should make marine textile manufacturers take notice. This is one of many statistics available from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, a leading trade group for recreational boating, which recently issued its first Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract for 2010 and 2011. …

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Polycarbonate sheets for marine windows

October 1, 2011

Makrolon polycarbonate sheets for marine windows are now available from Tri Vantage®, packaged and shipped economically and safely. Manufactured by Bayer MaterialScience, Makrolon offers glass-like clarity, outstanding impact strength, superior dimensional stability and excellent thermal resistance. It can be sewn into a number of marine enclosures, and is recommended for marine applications that include large …

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Spradling Softside marine vinyl offered in three new patterns

August 12, 2011

The Miami Corp., a distributor to the automotive, contract and marine interior and exterior trim products for both manufacturing and aftermarket companies, now offers Spradling Softside® marine vinyl in three new patterns. The new Zander, Marlin and Beluga patterns all have the Permaguard® barrier coating, a stain resistant top coat. Samples of the new patterns …

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Keith Purves customizes tools to streamline projects

August 1, 2011

By Sigrid Tornquist “It’s usually after I’ve banged my head a few times when facing a problem that I think: There’s got to be an easier way,” says Keith Purves, MFC, owner of Riverside Covers in Ft. Myers, Fla. “And then I just try it.” About five years ago Purves and his wife took over …

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U.S. marine fabric market in calmer waters

The U.S. marine fabric market hit rough seas during the recession, but solid improvement is underway. By Jeffrey Rasmussen Although the U.S. marine fabric end product manufacturer market has experienced negative annual growth since 2008, it is now working its way toward firmer footing in 2011. The marine market hit with an economic downturn in …