Welcome to Fairwinds Canvas Training Center!
As the owner of Fairwinds Canvas and a Certified Master Fabric Craftsman, I take pride in upholding high quality standards in the Marine Canvas Industry. With over 20 years of experience and a high success rate within the industry this has earned us the quality reputation required to train the upcoming entrepreneur. From Core Fundamentals to Advanced Techniques our boat canvas workshops are structured for all levels of educational training within our industry.
Along with my assistant Melissa, our students will be trained by 2 highly qualified instructors with a maximum of 4 students per class which allows for a more professional, individualized approach towards detail and technique. Our students will learn flawless patterning techniques for a onetime precision fit and the detailed steps for properly patterning something as simple as a 2-bow bimini frame to a full enclosure. Marine fabrication techniques with hands-on experience using a variety of commercial sewing machines and tools of the trade will all be displayed. Each student will fabricate a completed project and is given a detailed training manual. Workshops are from 8:30-4:00 M-F unless otherwise scheduled, with lunch provided.
Our facility is conveniently located 22 miles from General Mitchell International airport and 63 miles from Chicago O’Hare International airport allowing for easy travel. We are 12 blocks away from the waterfront nestled with many working boatyards. While staying in Racine you will find a variety of restaurants, local shopping and the conveniently located Harbourwalk Hotel Racine which overlooks Racine’s finest harbor, Reef Point Marina. Our students can enjoy casual dining at the Brew House located at the marina over looking Lake Michigan or unique dining at the Yard Arm Bar and Grill, which resembles an English pub nestled among several marinas.