MFA Great Lakes Regional

October 20 - October 21

Join us at the 2017 Marine Fabricators Regional Workshops. These workshops are designed to help you improve your efficiency and generate revenue, as well as provide a forum for networking and picking up valuable insight from your peers.

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Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Drive
Huron/Sandusky, OH 44839
Phone: (800) 729-6455


Friday, October 20
8:30am Seven Secrets to Installing the Perfect Track – Steve Szenay, MFC

This workshop will cover selecting the right track, heat forming and cutting of tracks; cutting tools and sanders ;installation of track, track to track application, list of resources, and tips & tricks to working with PVC tracks.

9:30am Cutting Table 101 – Dan Ursa, Cottage Canvas

Find out the basics of putting your cutting table and tools to their best use in the fabrication process.

10:30am Marine Fittings Update – Dan Lesch, MFC, Lesch Boat Cover

Look for new, less common, and seldom seen fittings, useful in the marine canvas trade for helping the fabricator carry out their job.

11:30am Supplier Discussion: Testing Procedures for Marine Fabrics, Alan Prelutsky – Marlen Textiles

Take a look at various testing methods and what they mean to the marine fabricator.

3:30pm Sewing Machine Repair, Don or Jim Webb – Webb & Son Sewing Machine Sales

Learn the requirements and solutions for repair and up keep on your sewing machine.

4:30pm Frame Design- Larry Wodzien, MFC, Grand Traverse Canvas

Learn techniques of frame design from an expert in the industry.

Saturday, October 21
7:45am Transportation to Lesch Boat Cover
8:30am Custom Inflatable Covers– Al Sceiford, MFC, Karen DiPlacido, Ami Foulk – Al’s Trim Shop

Join Al, Karen & Ami for a fresh approach to fabricating the inflatable cover, utilizing Phifertex, adhesive & traditional boot snaps, shock cord and lashing hooks. Step-by-step how-to hand-out will be provided for reference.

9:45am Solar Panel Installation – John Lemole – Gemini Marine Canvas

Installation methods for solar panels, mounted on dodgers and biminis. We will cover 2 methods for glass top panels. We will cover sewable solar panels and attachment methods.

11am Patterning – Kyle Van Damme

Presenters will provide patterning techniques and provide practical solutions, insights and advantages.

1pm Tube Bending – Eric Gibson, Al Sceiford, MFC, Dan Lesch, MFC

Listen to marine fabrication experts present several methods for bending tubing into useful shapes for marine canvas trade, including frames, offset mooring poles, grab rails, and more.

3:30pm Tools, Tips, Tricks, Steve Griffith
This is a fun and interactive discussion of tools, tips and tricks that make your job faster and easier.Social Hour
*This is the tentative agenda and subject to change


October 20 8:00 am

October 21 5:00 pm

Omari Hoover



Sawmill Creek Resort

400 Sawmill Creek, Huron, OH 44839

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