We teach you the basics of running and setting up a canvas shop. Everything you need to know to get up, running and selling canvas at a profit. We teach you sewing techniques, patterning. The base bimini teaches important fabrication skills that can be applied in many variations. The basics of proper frame design are covered. We fabricate two biminis in the shop from start to finish. 3-Days $1,350 per person
Bimini Enclosure Workshop:
Our Most Popular Workshop. Some experience on an industrial sewing machine or our Basics Workshop is recommended to attend. We teach you how to fabricate a quality Bimini with Enclosure using our unique fabrication system. We teach custom visor angles in this class and sewing zippers to patterns to speed the patterning process at the boat. Other techniques taught include Natural Intersections, Flip Traces and Pattern Darts. Terms familiar to our system users and past students. 4-days $1,750 per person
California Dodger Workshop:
This is an advanced workshop geared towards those shops that would like to add high quality California style sailboat dodgers to their knowledge base. California Dodgers feature removable side curtains, additional space and increased visibility over Traditional Dodgers. California Dodgers are the most popular style of dodger. Dodgers are a profitable addition to any shop. We will set up, pattern and fabricate two California Dodgers from start to finish using our unique methods. We teach you some of the challenges sailboats and sailors present and how to address each one effectively.
4-Days $1,825 per person
Traditional Dodger Workshop:
This is an advanced workshop geared towards those shops that would like to add high quality Traditional style sailboat dodgers to their knowledge base. Traditional Dodgers just look better on some older classic boats. They are also popular with those sailors that like to fold their dodgers often. In addition, the methods learned are applicable to creating high quality bow dodgers on center console boats. We will set up, pattern and fabricate two Traditional Dodgers from start to finish using our unique methods. We teach you some of the challenges sailboats and sailors present and how to address each one effectively. 4-Days $1,825 per person
Pattern Angles Workshop:
For Advanced Hood System Users Only. This is a three-day advanced canvas extravaganza. Subjects covered will be diverse according to group input and as time allows. This course puts our Bimini Enclosure Workshop on steroids. Included subjects include patterning with darts and wows. We will fabricate a forward enclosure that tucks under the windshield with all the tricks to save time patterning and fabricating.
3-Days $1,650 per person
Hardtop Enclosure Workshop:
This advanced workshop is geared towards those students that would like to learn to fabricate track to track enclosures. We will teach you the latest quality fabrication techniques using Stamoid "Open" and "Makrolon" Hard Windows. These skills are a necessity for the larger sport fishing boats. Your work will stand out from the crowd and increase profits for your shop with these high end fabrication techniques. Sewing experience on an industrial sewing machine is required to attend.
3-Days $1,825 per person
We teach you the basics of patterning, cutting and sewing all types of box cushions. We teach you how to angle to fit a hull, make up welt cord and align corners correctly. We also teach you to cut foam correctly and stuff your covers the easy way. Cushions are a profitable addition to any shop and help fill the long winter months. They are also excellent for shops that are just getting started as they are fast and easy to make once you know how. 2-Days $1,250 per person
Mark and Deb are available for private training at our facility in Merrimac, MA or at your shop. This is an excellent workshop for prior students or established shops that would like to improve their fabrication skills. We can tailor our training to any of the areas of custom fabrication that your shop would like to learn or improve upon. Our private training is scheduled on a time available basis. The cost is $1,250 per day for private training at our facility.