2011 MFA Fabrication Excellence Award winners announced

Congratulations to all participating companies of the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Fabrication Excellence Awards program. The program recognizes excellence in marine fabrication. MFA encourages all members and non-members to enter their best work. Members that are Master Fabric Craftsman certified judge the entries.

Winners of each of the categories are entered into the IFAI International Achievement Awards. Winning projects receive media exposure including press releases written and distributed to trade and consumer media outlets, and featured in Marine Fabricator magazine and on the MFA website. Winners also receive an award plaque.

Winners are selected based on design, craftsmanship, originality and difficulty. Award of Excellence and Outstanding Achievement Award winners are announced during the awards dinner at the annual national convention.

The 2011 MFA Fabrication Excellence Award winners are:

Cockpit covers

Outstanding Achievement Award
Protective cover for mahogany finish
Cape Canvas & Rigging
West Yarmouth, Mass.

Cockpit upholstery

Award of Distinction/Award of Excellence
Fountain cockpit upholstery
Paul’s Custom Canvas Inc.
Denver, Colo.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Flooded boat transformation
The Nautical Needle
Holland, Mich.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Pontoon repair
Paul’s Custom Canvas Inc.
Denver, Colo.

Complete interior upholstery

Award of Excellence
Fabric walls and headliner
Watkins Custom Sewing Inc.
Wanchese, N.C.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Picnic boat reupholster
Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC
Hazlet, N.J.

Dodgers

Award of Excellence
California dodger
Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Outstanding Achievement Award
Dodger poles redesign and re-cover
Canvas by Victoria
Worton, Md.

Exterior upholstery

Award of Excellence
Yacht cushions
Custom Canvas of Charleston
North Charleston, S.C.

Full covers 27' and up

Award of Excellence
Winter cover
Seacanvas
Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Custom-fit winter cover
Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Outstanding Achievement Award
Two-section cover
Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC
Hazlet, N.J.

Full covers under 27'

Award of Excellence
Florida storage cover
Riverside Covers
Fort Myers, Fla.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Fishing boat cover
Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas
Virginia Beach, Va.

Full exterior canvas sailboat 27’ and up

Outstanding Achievement Award
Traditional sailboat enclosure
Canvas by Victoria
Worton, Md.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Sailboat cockpit coverage
Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas
Virginia Beach, Va.

Full exterior canvas powerboat 27’ and up

Award of Excellence
Tiara overhaul
Canvas Innovations
Holland, Mich.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Biminis and clear enclosure
Riverside Covers
Fort Myers, Fla.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Complete yacht enclosure
Seacanvas
Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Full exterior canvas powerboat under 27’

Outstanding Achievement Award
Clear powerboat enclosure
Seacanvas
Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Miscellaneous

Award of Excellence
Doglsed bag
CYA Canvas
Helena, Mont.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Gazebo
The Nautical Needle
Holland, Mich.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Hummer golf cart
Signature CanvasMakers
Hampton, Va.

Rigid enclosures

Award of Excellence
Soft to rigid window enclosure
Canvas Innovations
Holland, Mich.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Flybridge hardtop
Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas
Virginia Beach, Va.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Three-sided enclosure
Seacanvas
Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Soft enclosures

Award of Excellence
Full-aft enclosure
Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Outstanding Achievement Award
Curtained enclosure
Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas
Virginia Beach, Va.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Fisherman cover
Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC
Hazlet, N.J.

Tops 27' and up

Award of Excellence
Sunshade over cockpit
Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas
Virginia Beach, Va.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Banded catamaran top
Mariner Canvas Company
New Bern, N.C.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Deluxe bimini top
Mariner Canvas Company
New Bern, N.C.

For more information on the 2011 MFA Fabrication Excellence Award program, contact Beth L. Hungiville, MFA Managing Director, 1801 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55223; +1 651 225 6952; blhungiville@ifai.com, or visit marinecanvas.com

MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), a not-for-profit trade association whose member companies represent the international specialty fabric marketplace.