Jeff Newkirk: The next step

August 1st, 2021

Jeff Newkirk, MFC, started sailing at such a young age, he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t entranced with sailboats, the glide across open water and the call of the open wind.  That’s why sail and canvas making was an obvious choice when it came time for him to choose a career. After he […]

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Monica Stockburger: Tailored solutions

February 1st, 2021

Photography by Megan Lyon Photography Southcentral Alaska is filled with spectacular natural beauty, hardworking people and an array of fishing boats and other vessels that are often in need of repair. The latter fact creates an opportunity for Monica and Mike Stockburger, owners of the marine fabricator business Salty Cushions in Homer, the “Halibut Fishing […]

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Jumping on design trends in the marine market

August 1st, 2020

by Sigrid Tornquist Aft deck entertaining is at its finest on the upper level of this Viking Yacht Co.’s 93’ Motor Yacht. The Lloyd Flanders furniture is covered in fabric by Sunbrella® and Crown barstools are upholstered in Ultrafabrics® Ultraleather®. Project by WBC Design. Photo: Forrest Johnson. Maybe it’s because boats are so special to […]

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Investing in excellence—and workforce readiness

January 1st, 2020

Kathryn Maisto mastered her marine canvas skills over a lifetime and across oceans, and now she’s training a new generation. by Jill C. Lafferty I’m always looking for ways to enhance our product line,” says Kathryn Maisto, MFC, owner of Fairwinds Canvas LLC, Racine, Wis. “In what we do and what we offer, we have […]

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Carl Pellegrini’s SeaCanvas: managed growth through quality, creativity and customer focus

August 1st, 2019

By building his business slowly, Carl Pellegrini keeps SeaCanvas focused on quality, creativity and customer service. by Jill C. Lafferty Each project we accept is a new chance to make a change in the current design,” says Carl Pellegrini, the owner-operator of custom marine fabrication company SeaCanvas, based in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. “Let’s say […]

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Making custom projects work

April 1st, 2019

  When Eric Walton and Devlin McKee opened Custom Canvas Alaska LLC in Fairbanks 14 years ago, the partners knew they had to offer custom canvas work beyond the boat tops they started out providing. After all, a marine fabrication shop in Alaska faces some extreme seasonal ups and downs, making project diversification a survival […]

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