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" Being flexible and
remembering that
styles change will keep
you on the cutting
edge and in demand. "
-Russ Griffin
Northcoast Marine Specialties LLC

and meet the latest industry needs, "
Daegling says.
When fabricators aren't able to find
the color they're looking for, they make
their own trimmings, which is a laborintensive process. " Making hidem and
piping is a real hassle unless you have
an attachment to make them-and most
standard shops don't have that, " Hirsch
says. " That's why we carry so many
color options. "
Whether fabricators make or buy
trimmings, sewing the finishings can be a
time-consuming process. Griffin advises
his students to take their time. " It makes
no sense to invest in the best fabric, the
best thread, the best trimmings, only to
hurry up a job and have a crooked stitch
or a puckered corner, " he says.

Educating the client on options is
a vital part of the process. " We offer
the options, describe the function and
purpose of the embellishment, and
have finished cushion samples of each
trimming we use so a client can visualize
the finished product, " Maisto says.
" Then we describe the manufacturing
process so the client understands the
increased labor costs. "
A changing landscape
As with all design, trends drive color
selections and marine fabrication is
no different. " Keep in mind-things
change, " Griffin says. " In the '70s we
saw multicolored stripes and panels
in boat seats with piping around every
panel. Today they are solid in color,

TOP: Exact patterning, precision and
experience were key to re-covering the
multiple curves on these seats. Northcoast
Marine used Softside vinyl from Spradling
International Inc. and color-matched the
piping around the inserts to finish the look.
Photo: Northcoast Marine Specialties.
BOTTOM: Causeway™ PVC-coated
polyester hidem gimp is available in a
variety of colors and is used to cover
tacks and staples in boat upholstery.
This durable gimp endures demanding
marine environments and combats fading,
water and mildew. Photo: Trivantage.
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