Be a Part of Our Recycle and Repurpose Collection Event at the NECPA Conference and Expo

Please join in our 5th annual Recycle and Repurpose Collection at the NECPA Conference and Expo, January 22-24, 2015. Bring your scrap and used fabric, small or large, to this grass roots collection drive and help create a “greener” North East.

Solar Panels Put Sun to Work at Sea

Contributed by Tonya Ricketts, The Canvas Lady, and 
Captain Dave Pickering, M/v Spray

Choosing the Right Fabric for Outdoor and Marine Seating Applications

Your customer wants his shoddy boat refurbished. There are dozens of books full of a thousand different colors and textures. Miami has three new options, all comprising different elements and various price points, geared towards your customer’s preference. Platinum is a marine grade polyurethane, but priced like a marine grade PVC. It offers high-end style with a soft, supple hand, plus strength and durability for long-term use. This polyurethane is easy to clean, with the Permaguard®/SRX Anti-Graffiti topcoat, excusing the worst stains.

The Miami Corporation Adds Multiple Product Lines

Celebrating its 90th year as a leading distributor of marine interior and exterior products, as well as awning fabrics, The Miami Corporation has extended its offering of marine toppings to include Heritage™, Nautimar™ and Nautiplus™.A mid-weight product, weighing only nine ounces, Heritage is 100 percent woven polyester with acrylic coating on one side. Nautimar has a wide width, PVC coating and embossing on one side, and is completely waterproof. Nautiplus is the stronger version, weighing 12.68 ounces.

Destination Imagination® Program Meets Recycling

What do awnings or boat covers have to do with Destination Imagination?

Tips for Better Fitting Tops

Getting tops to fit correctly with the proper tension requires an even pull of the fabric fore and aft. Our drawing illustrates the fabric terminology associated with a roll of fabric.

Top 10 Shop Resolutions for 2013

1.) Review the shop and get organized. Think of shop improvements to make your season go more smoothly. Maybe that means getting your ordering process online, so you can order from the road; or developing a new way to handle customer information; or reviewing your shop layout to move projects through the space more efficiently.2.) Check out your OSHA awareness.


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