Specialty Fabrics Review April 2024 - 22

[ PERSPECTIVE ]
Quality has no compromise
There's no such thing as a typical day
at Yachtsman's Canvas, which
specializes in larger sailboats and
powerboats (35 feet and longer).
Ames' one-person shop offers a
full range of boat canvas services,
including bimini tops, dodgers,
enclosures, helm covers, sail covers,
sunshades and more.
During the busy season (April
through October), Ames designs
patterns, fabricates and installs
custom boat-canvas projects for
customers around Rock Hall, Md.,
the surrounding Eastern Shore,
PROJECT SNAPSHOT
High-quality finishes create award-winning projects
To achieve the high-quality finishes that define Yachtsman's Canvas projects,
owner/fabricator Keri Ames uses precise fabrication techniques.
Consider the full flybridge enclosure refit she completed on a Sea Ray
52-foot Sedan Bridge powerboat. " I needed to do a full redesign of the
enclosure, working within the size constraints of the window material, to
provide a modern, open, clean-line design, " Ames says.
She reduced not only the number of panels but also the size of the fabric
breaks between panels. She also replaced the protective fabric facing for the
stainless steel structure with clear tubing. " I wanted it to 'disappear' visually
and not stand out as part of the design, " says Ames, who also faced every
panel zipper with matching fabric on both the interior and exterior.
Her minimalist design won a 2022 International Achievement Award
of Excellence and a 2022 Marine Fabrication Excellence Outstanding
Achievement Award.
northern Chesapeake Bay, the
Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D)
Canal, and southeastern Pennsylvania.
" When you do high-quality work, boat
owners will find you, " Ames says.
For each project, Ames follows
three guiding principles:
1. Quality has no compromise.
Beauty, durability and function
are essential, says Ames, who uses
industry-tested, marine-grade
materials to craft custom boatcanvas
projects. " As an avid sailor,
boat owner and licensed captain, I
understand the importance of highquality
boat canvas, " she says. She
earned her Coast Guard captain's
license in the last few years. " I know
what does and doesn't work. "
2. The smallest details have the
greatest impact. Expert finishing
touches set Ames' work apart from
the competition. " I make the canvas
look aesthetically pleasing, " says
Ames, who incorporates invisible
zippers into many of her projects.
" When you stand in the cockpit of a
boat, for example, you typically see
a lot of zippers. I cover the zippers
under fabric. "
3. Style matters. Whether clients
want a classic look or a more
contemporary style, Ames tailors
each project to the customer's
specific needs. " I take the approach
of a good interior designer, " she
says. This has become even more
important following the COVID-19
pandemic. " Since 2020, people have
been spending a lot more time on
their boats, " Ames notes. " Instead
of boating from Friday evening to
Sunday afternoon, more people are
leaving midweek and are working
remotely from their boat. More boat
owners want to create more living
spaces on board that can handle all
kinds of weather. "
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