Wednesday
11 am–3 pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Rhino Training
Darren Arthur, Nautilix Custom Canvas, LLC
Thursday
8:30–11:30 am Industry Round Table Discussions
11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–5:30 pm Exhibit Floor Open
12:30–5:30 pm Product and Technique Demonstrations
Located on the show floor
4:30–5:30 pm Cocktail Reception
Located on the show floor
Friday
8:00–10:30 am Shop Tour at RCM Fabrics
10:45 am–11:45 pm Pressure Steamer Usage and Demo
Terrance Deloatch, Beach Upholstery LLC
11:45 am–12:15 pm Custom Sheets and Bedding
Deborah Hamilton, Beach Upholstery LLC
12:15–1:30 pm Lunch
1:40–2:20 pm Life After Running Your Own Business
Neil Hancock, Aussie Boat Covers Pty Ltd
1:40–2:20 pm Fabrication Made Easy with Photodigitizing
Gary Unitt, Autometrix
2:30–3:30 pm Succession Strategies to Protect & Perpetuate
Your Business
Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset
Protection
2:30–3:30 pm Fabrics, Thread and Zippers, an Overview
Keith Purves, Trivantage LLC
3:40–5 pm Budsin Electric Boat Project
Moderator: W. Derek Robinson, Social Connection
Amy Poe, Wyckam
Mike Charpentier, Paul’s Custom Canvas
Jeff Viehmeyer, Alameda Canvas and Coverings
6–9 pm Annual Costume / Welcome Party
Music, dancing, and fun with a NASCAR / Bike
Week theme.
Saturday
9 –10 am Advanced Upholstery – Open Forum
Jim Cowan, Premier Performance Interiors, Inc.
10:15–11 am Tools, Tips and Tricks
11:15 am–12:15 pm Pricing for Profit
Jeff Viehmeyer, Alameda Canvas & Coverings
12:30–1:45 pm Lunch and MFA Annual Meeting
2–3 pm Standards in Action
Clint Halladay, Sewlong Custom Covers
3:15–4:30 pm Breaking out of the Box: Biminis and
Enclosures from entry-level to high tech
Moderator:
Rob Kotowski, Lake Shore Boat Top
Panelists:
Mike Charpentier, Paul’s Custom Canvas;
Darren Arthur, Nautilux Custom Canvas, LLC;
Jay Hanks, Allerton Harbor Canvas
6–6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
6:30–9 pm Awards Dinner
* Schedule/speakers subject to change.

Wednesday, January 8

11 am–3 pm

Darren Arthur, Nautilix Custom Canvas, LLC
Bring your laptop and attend a small class setting and dive into Rhino.  The focus with be on the initial platform set up and move into the actual drawing and design of marine canvas products.  Class collaboration to develop industry standards for the digital world.  Coaches will be in class to help you along as we move through a project.  Look at workflow and forms needed to collect information while working with Rhino.  We will be adjusting the course based on the attendee’s experience.

Thursday, January 9

8:30–11:30 am

Don’t miss out on these small group discussions where you will learn best practices and examine burning issues with your colleagues.

11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–5:30 pm Show Floor Open
12:30–5:30 pm

Located on Show Floor

4:30–5:30 pm

Located on Show Floor

Friday, January 10

8:00–10:30 am Shop Tour at RCM Fabrics
10:45 am–11:45 pm

Terrance Deloatch, Beach Upholstery LLC
Introduction to the Hoffman/New Yorker steamer, a 200 PSI. The ‘How to…’, Multiple Uses of…, and maintenance of the steamer.

 

11:45 am–12:15 pm

Deborah Hamilton, Beach Upholstery LLC
Making the state room as beautiful and comfortable as their bedroom at home while still staying within the budget. The easiest and most efficient ways to create elegance while giving customers the price they desire.

12:15–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–2:30 pm

Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset Protection
Learn the strategies and tools the nation’s top firms use to save their clients millions of dollars each year. From this lecture you will learn:
• What exit strategy is right for you: transfer to family members, complete sale, partial sale, IPO or management buyout?
• Succession strategies that protect your legacy, maximize your freedom and increase your net worth.
• Legal tools that allow you to transfer the majority of ownership and still maintain 100% control.
• How your business succession strategies and estate plan work together.
• Steps to maximize the sale price of your business.
• Systems to ensure the continued success of your business through the next generation of owners and managers.
• How to properly structure your business to minimize taxes on sale or transfer. If not planned for capital gains, estate and gift tax consequences can cripple the ongoing success of a business.
• Common mistakes and missteps to avoid when selling or creating a succession plan.

1:30–2:30 pm

Gary Unitt, Autometrix
Do you recover existing upholstery? Do you spend a lot of time tracing pieces of fabric? Trying to figure out seam allowances? We’ll look at how Photo Digitizing and CAD design can help you develop your patterns from the comfort of your computer instead of crawling around your cutting table! Save time. Store your design electronically. Save wear and tear on your back and knees!

2:40 - 3:30 pm

Keith Purves, Trivantage LLC
An interactive overview of the most common materials used in marine fabrication.  The conversation will cover Good/Better/Best materials with Pros/Cons of each.  We will discuss the longevity of various products as it relates to UV resistance, cleanability, and best applications.  Common names and regional slang will be discussed, and samples will be on display.

3:40–5 pm

Moderator: W. Derek Robinson, Social Connection
Amy Poe, Wyckam; Mike Charpentier, Paul’s Custom Canvas and Jeff Viehmeyer, Alameda Canvas and Coverings

A team of three fabricators works on re-doing all the canvas for a 15′ electric boat.  Projects include a custom travel cover, a new top, and side curtains.  Solar panels are incorporated into the canvas. Case studies will be presented with design, fabrication and workflow considerations. The boat and the finished canvas will be showcased at the conference and installed live.

6–9 pm

Daytona Beach is well known for its high octane racing culture and Bike Week when thousands of motorcycle devotees take over. Join us for our Annual Costume Party. Show off your most creative NASCAR or Bike Week-related costume. Bring your dancing shoes as we celebrate another outstanding event.

Saturday, January 11

9 –10 am

Jim Cowan, Premier Performance Interiors, Inc.
This popular session is back! The audience guides the content in this interactive forum. Bring your upholstery related questions and get the answers you have been looking for on everything from vinyl pinking to foam and material selection to patterning and much, much more.

10:15–11 am

This interactive discussion explores the newest tools, clever tips and tricks to make your job faster and easier. Vote for your favorites onsite.

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Jeff Viehmeyer, Alameda Canvas & Coverings
Understanding the elements of correct pricing and how to apply them to your business. Take the guesswork out of one of the most critical elements of your business- pricing. Tips you can immediately take back and use as well as principles you can work on to develop a more profitable and successful business.

12:30–1:45 pm Lunch and MFA Annual Meeting
2–3 pm

Clint Halladay, Sewlong Custom Covers
No two custom boat covers or dodgers are the same, but the way your shop finishes them should be. Clint Halladay will share with you how you can standardize your products from start to finish. He will share Sewlong’s “Standard Boards” and how they catalog and document every aspect of a cover from the pattern to the install.

3:15–4:30 pm

Moderator:Rob Kotowski, Lake Shore Boat Top
Panelists:Mike Charpentier, Paul’s Custom Canvas; Darren Arthur, Nautilux Custom Canvas, LLC;Jay Hanks, Allerton Harbor 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 2021. Dinner and refreshments are provided at this commemorative closing event.

*Schedule/speakers subject to change.