A fleet of CW Hood 32' Daysailors off Marblehead, MA

The Hood Method

Mark Hood has been in the marine canvas business since 1981 perfecting his canvas fabrication techniques. This level of experience is hard to come by in the marine canvas trade. Consistent quality, wrinkle free fit and attention to detail are what our customers have come to expect from Hood Canvas. All this requires more fabrication time, which is why we have to charge more than some shops.

As with any product made of cloth, there are many different ways of constructing the same item, some good, some not so good. We have tried hundreds of these methods over the years to come up with the one method that works the best with the least amount of bulk. At Hood Canvas we have refined this into a method of sequential marine canvas fabrication that is very unique in the trade. We have even developed a specialized binder to make this system work that we sell to our students and other canvas shops across the country and overseas. The inside and outside of our hybrid enclosures are finished identical with overlaps on all zippers to hide them completely from view. This results in a very “Clean” look from the inside with no raw edges that our customers love. All our “Smile” windows have full fabric cover flaps to prevent water from leaking through the zippers and dripping onto expensive electronics. The corners of our biminis are overlapped by 1½” to prevent leaking corners that are unacceptable and a common complaint with other canvas designs. We developed a technique we call the “Flip Trace” method of designing bimini visors that enables the visors to come off the forward and aft end of the bimini at the perfect angle for a smooth, wrinkle free fit. This method has been featured in articles we wrote for Marine Fabricator Magazine. We have carried all of these methods over into the design of our California and Traditional dodgers, so the “Hood” look is the same whether you own a powerboat or a sailboat.

Mark and his wife Deb have taught their methods of fabrication to many students and established shops around the world at our training workshops over the past ten years. Many of our students are now utilizing our unique fabrication techniques to increase their consistency, quality and profits in their shops. Marine canvas training is not a sideline for us, as we love to teach. We keep our classes to no more than four or five students per workshop with both Mark and Deb teaching as a team. Our students train on state of the art sewing machines that we use everyday in our fabrications. We continue to help our students with phone calls and emails after their formal training as we want all our students to succeed and be profitable. Put our experience to work for you, whether you need a custom canvas fabrication for your boat or would like to learn the marine canvas trade.