Fairwinds Canvas Training Center Workshops
Core Fundamentals Workshop (3 days) - $1250
This workshop will encompass a fundamental knowledge of how a marine canvas fabrication shop operates and the business process from acquiring clients to the installation of a final product on a boat. No experience is required and is geared towards the individual who is exploring the marine canvas profession and desiring to obtain a thorough general knowledge within the industry.
Our students will learn frame components, patterning, proper transferring of patterns and fabric layout. “Tools of the trade” will be displayed, and a vast knowledge and use of a variety of commercial sewing machines and the basic maintenance required in maintaining them. Within the workshop each student will learn about frame components, pattern and fabricate a bimini top including a completed window panel. We believe fabricating these two basic components lays the core fundamental knowledge for many marine canvas fabrication projects and advanced training workshops. Properly mounted frames, flawless patterning techniques to properly contoured flaps and pockets all play a role in constant high quality standards in the industry.
Elite Powerboat Enclosure Workshop (4 days) - $1650
Pre-requisite: Core Fundamentals Workshop. This course is designed for a fabricator looking to enhance their skills. Our students will learn our detailed, “Flawless One Step Patterning System”. We are the only certified marine canvas training facility that teaches this technique. This technique gives the fabricator confidence in only being on a boat twice; once to pattern and once to install. No fittings required or improper fitting panels.
In this full comprehensive class students will pattern, layout and fabricate a full enclosure consisting of a 3 bow bimini top fabricated of Sunbrella Fabric and an enclosure fabricated with Strataglass. This workshop will give you the confidence required to take your business to the next level.
Advanced Techniques Workshop (2 Days) - $950
This workshop is our 2 day advanced workshop which will focus on several different advanced problematic techniques that when done properly defines the amateurs from the professional. Our philosophy in fabrication is the inside of the boat should look just as ascetically pleasing as the outside, therefore our fabrication process does not allow for raw edges or raw zipper exposure. Here, our students will learn the technique of U-Shaped windows, U-Shape with screens, U-Shape with custom rain flap, all detailed in finished edged and finished zippers.
We will cover how to determine and fabricate a properly contoured Keder Welt Track Band for forward and reverse arches which attach to a bimini camper back, a bimini slant back or a bimini drop down enclosure. All of which require a proper concave or convex curve for a watertight, custom fit.
Traditional Dodger Workshop (4 days) - $1650
Pre-requisite: Core Fundamentals Workshop. This is a very detailed and comprehensive workshop designed for experienced and knowledgeable fabricators looking to enhance their skills. Our students will pattern and fabricate a traditional style dodger. Students must have prior fabrication experience or have completed our Elite Powerboat Enclosure Workshop.
Marine Cushion Workshop ( 2 days) - $1050
This workshop will focus on a variety of popular seating styles often used for exterior and interior cushions in the marine industry. Our students will learn foam properties for interior and exterior design and engage in fabrication of a Welted Box cushion, a Waterfall cushion and a Knee Roll cushion. This class requires knowledge and experience with a commercial sewing machine.