Thursday, Jan. 7
Tools and Methods of Fabrication for Boat Canvas
William Bransford, Boatswains Locker
|10:15 am–12:15 pm||
Comparing the Speed and Accuracy between Traditional and 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 and explore 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.
Community Boat Project 2021
Moderator: Derek Robinson, Eqodry USA & Fabric Tattoo
Next Generation 3D Scanner Equipment Demos
Darren Arthur, Nautilux Canvas
Welcome Costume Party
New Orleans is known for its nightlife and party atmosphere. Kick-off the conference in style with music, dancing, and refreshments during the Annual Costume Party. This 2021 theme is hillbillies and moonshiners – let your creativity go wild! Heavy appetizers will be provided.
Friday, Jan. 8
|7:45–8:15 am||Networking Breakfast|
Shop Tour at Aluma Marine and Fabrication
Join your colleagues as we tour Aluma Marine and Fabrication. Attendees will view the manufacture of aluminum boats in a variety of styles and sizes. Boats built onsite are 20’ and larger and include sports, rib and crew boats as well as assault, patrol and enforcements vessels, and pleasure crafts.
|11:30 am–12:30 pm||Lunch|
|12:30–5:30 pm||Exhibit Floor Open|
Located on the show floor
Saturday, Jan. 9
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, but also liability coverage. Also covered will be what solar/wind “can do” and 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.
Key Takeaways Include:
Scheduling your Shop with a Digital Job Board
Torey Heinz, Shopflow
What is a digital job board, and why even bother? A digital job board is a way to organize and display jobs so that you can streamline your shop and escape the chaos! Find out if you are ready to get started, as we follow a simple workflow from start to finish, dig into the details of a complicated job, and discuss how to implement a digital job board to maximize your throughput.
Brunch and MFA Annual Meeting
Learn more about the Marine Fabricators Association. Hear a recap of the past years 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.
Emergency Preparedness Panel Discussion
Panel members: Rob Kotowski, Lake Shore Boat Top; Ron Paratore, Trivantage LLC; Chandler Clark, Signature CanvasMakers
Scaling Your Business
Charlene Clark, Signature CanvasMakers
Enclosure Window Product Showcase
Moderator: Vince Innocenzi, Chicago Marine Canvas
|6–6:30 pm||Cocktail Reception|
Gather together one last time and celebrate award-winning projects, industry achievements and the announcement of the welcome party theme for Marine Fabricators Conference 2022. Dinner and refreshments are provided at this commemorative closing event.
*Schedule/speakers subject to change.