Conference programming is currently in development.
Thursday, Jan. 13
|7 am – 5 pm||Registration Open|
|8:30 – 9:30 am||
Tools and Methods of Fabrication for Boat Canvas
William Bransford, Boatswains Locker
• Custom tools for enclosure parts
|9:45 – 11:45 am||
Steve Szenay, Serge Ferrari North America and Ron Paratore, Trivantage, LLC
|Noon – 1 pm||Lunch|
|1:15 – 4:45 pm||
Tour local fabricator Laporte in North Charleston, SC in person and virtually tour Marine Tops Unlimited, Precision Custom Canvas Inc., and Tecsew. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how other shops are laid out and how they organize equipment and materials. Plan to ask lots of questions and bring a pen to jot down ideas for streamlining your business!
|6 – 9 pm||Welcome Costume Party|
Friday, Jan. 14
|7:30 am – 5:30 pm||Registration Open|
|8:30 – 10 am||
Upholstery Diamonds, Detail and Error Management
Whitney Carman, Even Keel Canvas
Everything made by hand involves some aspect of trial and error. Managing error is artist tact. Whitney will be sharing her expertise and showing the error prevention habits that have helped preserve profit. “Progressing slowly forward is better than a big step backward.”
|10 - 11:30 am||
Community Boat Project 2021
Moderator: Derek Robinson, Eqodry USA & Fabric Tattoo
This popular session from Marine Fabricators Conference 2020 is coming back with new projects! Attendees at the 2020 conference suggested that we bring this great educational opportunity to a community college – and we listened!
Once again, a team of fabricators will work together to take on a variety of projects and give a boat (or two!) a canvas facelift – offering a great opportunity for the students in the Boat Building program at the Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) to see real-world canvas applications. Hear about the individual projects and the ways this project impacted the community around them. Case studies will be presented with design, fabrication, and workflow considerations. The finished boat(s) will be onsite for attendees to view.
|11:30 am – 12:30 pm||
Lunch - Food Trucks
Taste what Charleston has to offer with a variety of local food trucks to select from.
|12:30 – 5:30 pm||Exhibit Floor Open|
|4:30 – 5:30 pm||
Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
Located on the show floor.
Saturday, Jan. 15
|7:30 am – 4:30 pm||Registration Open|
|8:30 – 9:10 am||
Solar and Marine Fabrication: Academia and Real Life Approach
John Martin Ph.D, Home Power Hour
Learn about the when, if and how to utilize solar and wind on a vessel, battery/energy storage limitations, connection issues including best practices and liability coverage. Also covered will be what solar/wind “can do” and just as importantly, “cannot do” on most vessels (e.g. not feasible for “most vessels” to have air condition on all night powered by solar/wind).
Dr. Martin’s academic training and real-life work with small companies implementing sustainable power come together in this down-to-earth presentation. Additionally, a small working tabletop “balance of system” (solar, charge controller, battery, inverter) will be available to show how the entire system works.
|9:15 – 9:50 am||
Scheduling your Shop with a Digital Job Board
Torey Heinz, Shopflow
|10 - 11:30 am||
Brunch and MFA Annual Meeting
Learn more about the Marine Fabricators Association. Hear a recap of the past year’s events and look to the future while enjoying a tasty brunch.
|11:30 am – 12:15 pm||
Tools, Tips and Tricks
This interactive discussion explores the newest tools, clever tips and tricks to make your job faster and easier. Vote for your favorites onsite.
|12:30 – 3:30 pm||
Comparing the Speed & Accuracy between Traditional & Digital Patterning
Industry leaders using a range of different technologies in their shops will compare and contrast the different versions of digital patterning as well as the various methods that are widely used for traditional patterning. We will dive into the important questions and concerns that all fabricators have before considering moving to digital patterning, exploring the pros and cons that are easy to see as well as some of the unforeseen. Hear and learn from your industry colleagues that have made the transition to digital patterning and see how it worked for them.
|3:45 – 4:30 pm||
Enclosure Window Product Showcase
Moderator: Vince Innocenzi, Chicago Marine Canvas
|6 – 6:30 pm||Cocktail Reception|
|6:30 – 9 pm||
Gather together one last time and celebrate award-winning projects, industry achievements and the announcement of the welcome party theme for Marine Fabricators Conference 2023. Dinner and refreshments are provided at this commemorative closing event.
*Schedule/speakers subject to change.