Wednesday, Jan. 12
|9 am – 2 pm||
Preshow Workshop: Using Digital Technologies to Increase Workflow Efficiencies - Beginners to Advanced | Osprey 1
Instructors: Adam Penner, Authorized Rhino Trainer, AP Consulting and Technical Services and Darren Arthur, MFC, Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC
This 5-hour workshop is your opportunity to learn how to use technology to increase your workflow efficiencies in a small group environment. Suitable for all levels of skill. Registrations are extremely limited.
Additional registration required – limited registration (30 tickets total).
|noon - 5 pm||Registration Open | Osprey Foyer|
Thursday, Jan. 13
|7 am – 6 pm||Registration Open | Osprey Foyer|
|7:30 - 8:30 am||
Coffee with the Chairs | Osprey 1
Stop by and grab a cup of coffee and chat with the MFA Chairman Keith Purves, Vice-Chair Charlene Clark and the whole MFA Ambassador volunteer team. This is a great chance for new attendees to learn about the best ways to take advantage of being at the conference and make some new friends!
|8:30 – 9:30 am||
Tools and Methods of Fabrication for Boat Canvas | Osprey 4-7
William Bransford, Boatswains Locker
• Custom tools for enclosure parts
|9:45 – 11:45 am||
Shade Sails | Osprey 4-7
Steve Szenay, Serge Ferrari North America and Ron Paratore, Trivantage, LLC
|11:45 am – 12:45 pm||Lunch | Indigo Rooftop Ballroom|
|1 – 5:30 pm||
Shop Tours | Osprey 4-7
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!
|6:30 – 9 pm||
Welcome Costume Party | Indigo Rooftop Ballroom
Kick off your week in style with music, dancing, and refreshments during the Annual Costume Party. The 2022 theme is hillbillies and moonshiners – let your creativity go wild! Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
Friday, Jan. 14
|7:30 am – 5:30 pm||Registration Open | Osprey Foyer|
|8:30 – 10 am||
Upholstery Quilting and Value-added Techniques to get more Profit from your Upholstery Jobs | Palms Balroom (Sweetgrass Pavilion)
Mike Erickson, Brook Kelly and John Erickson, Canvas Designers, Inc
|10 - 11:30 am||
Community Boat Project 2021 | Palms Balroom (Sweetgrass Pavilion)
Moderator: Derek Robinson, Eqodry USA & Fabric Tattoo
Speakers: Rick Berkey, Rick’s Custom Marine Canvas; Chandler Clark, Signature Canvas and Chris Patterson, Weaver Canvas
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 it. 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 | Parking Lot outside of Sweetgrass Pavilion|
|12:30 – 5:30 pm||Exhibit Floor Open | Osprey Ballroom|
|4:30 – 5:30 pm||
Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception | Osprey Ballroom
Located on the show floor.
Saturday, Jan. 15
|7:30 am – 4:30 pm||Registration Open | Osprey Foyer|
|8:30 – 9:10 am||
Solar and Marine Fabrication: Academia and Real-Life Approach | Osprey Ballroom
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 | Osprey Ballroom
Torey Heinz, Shopflow
|10 - 11:30 am||
Brunch and MFA Annual Meeting | Osprey Ballroom
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 | Osprey Ballroom
Join our MC’s Kerri Ames, Yachtsman’s Canvas and Steven Wayne, Southern Stitch Upholstery for 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||
Digital Patterning: Are You a Tortoise or a Hare | Osprey Ballroom
12:30 – 1:15
1:20 – 2:20
Kyle Van Damme, Marine Tops Unlimited
2:30 – 3:30
|3:45 – 4:30 pm||
Enclosure Window Product Showcase | Osprey Ballroom
Moderator: Vince Innocenzi, Chicago Marine Canvas
|6 – 6:30 pm||Cocktail Reception | Osprey Ballroom|
|6:30 – 9 pm||
Awards Dinner | Osprey Ballroom
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.