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OUT-OF-THE-BOX IDEAS FOR CANVAS SHOPS
* Design unique frame systems
(Photos 1 and 2). This doesn't
require expensive equipment. We
build some very exotic frame systems
using 1.25-inch stainless steel pipe
and a $350 bender.
* Create master sail shades for
boat, residential and commercial
applications (Photo 3).
Photo 7
* Use sliding doors (Photo 4). All of
our fl ybridge boats receive sliding
doors for easy access. Sewable
keder welt allows you to make sliding
doors for soft-tops as well.
Photo 8
* Engineer reversed doorway zippers
(Photo 5). After solving an issue of
an 88-inch-tall doorway zipper that
a 5-foot, 4-inch-tall person could
never reach, we developed a simple
string and pulley system that opens
and closes tall zippers with ease.
See the video at facebook.com/
northcoastcanvastraining/
videos/702644913901837
* Create elongated sailboat
dodgers (Photo 6). These are a hot
item right now, as they serve as a
dodger and a bimini combination.
Who says the dodger must end at
the hot box?
* Vary the shape of window glass in
fabric panels (Photo 7). Windows
do not have to be square cornered.
Make them round! Make them oval!
Follow the lines of the boat!
* Eliminate needless vertical darts
on your covers (Photo 8).
* Talk with your customers. Discover
the canvas issues they are having.
Sit on the boat and spend a
few minutes coming up with
improvements to the design.
So, the question is, if you expect
customers to pay these types of prices,
don't you want to offer something other
than what everyone else does? Don't
you want to be known as the shop that
goes that extra step? We have always
tried to put design and quality into
every job. I think that is why we have
survived quite well while so many other
shops have disappeared in our market.
Step up, think out of the box and
you'll be successful too!
Russ Griffi n is co-owner of Northcoast Marine
Specialties LLC. Northcoast operates a canvasmaking
training school in Port Clinton, Ohio.
" You might wonder
why you need to
think out of the box if
you're happy doing
the same ole thing
over and over. The
answer is profi tability. "
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