MFC - Marine Interior/Exterior Specialty

About Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) – Exterior Specialty

Objectives

Master Fabric Craftsman is the highest level of the manufacturing certification and indicates superior skills and knowledge.

Definitions of Marine Exterior Specialty

This category encompasses the fabrication of all exterior marine fabric applications to include (but not limited to) biminis, convertible tops, dodgers, enclosures, mooring and travel covers, and other exterior marine canvas products.

Those seeking the MFC for the Marine Exterior Specialty need to provide an example(s) of implementation and education in the following elements of knowledge:

Design – The element of form and function to enhance the end product in a marine craft application. The art of combining components to an esthetically pleasing, while technically functioning, design. Using quality components offered by leading industry manufacturers. Meeting standard industry practices.

Fabrication – The hands-on portion of the canvas and upholstery trade that deals with the measuring, fitting cutting and sewing of the product.

Installation – The techniques and products required to install the frame, upholstery, all canvas and/or window products to the exterior of the boat. The technique involves selecting the type and location of the fittings or track required to properly attach the product to the boat that will ensure a secure and clean fit. The correct hardware of the application, and the spacing and location for the selected hardware, determines how well the exterior product fits and functions.

Material Selection - Material selection involves knowing what types of fabrics are available for the marine market and when you should use selected materials. (i.e. acrylic, polyester, laminate, coated, etc.) This also includes window materials (roll vinyl, press polished sheets, scratch resistance sheets, etc.) In addition, be able to describe which hardware (fasteners) should be used and why, including selecting the proper one for the current condition and needs of the boat.

Basic Features of a Boat - Basic design features of a boat’s exterior are the combined components of vessel type, designers’ end use, and construction materials selected to build the vessel. Type of vessel, power, sail, row, push pole, or tow all influence design features, construction materials and the many limitations of all these elements.

Project Management Characteristics – Project management encompasses the techniques, tools and methods used for tracking, costing, coordinating, scheduling, and timely completion of a project. It also entails how to use the past information collected to develop accurate estimating in the future projects.


About Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) – Interior Specialty

Objectives

Master Fabric Craftsman is the highest level of the manufacturing certification and indicates superior skills and knowledge.

Definitions of Marine Interior Specialty

This category encompasses the fabrication of all marine interior applications to include (but not limited to) cockpit upholstery, cushions, carpet, window treatments, bedding, head and hull liners, and other marine interior accessories.

Those seeking the MFC for Marine Interior Specialty need to provide an example(s) of implementation and education in the following elements of knowledge:

Design – The element of form and function to enhance the end product in a marine craft application. The art of combining components to an esthetically pleasing while technically functioning design. Using quality components offered by leading industry manufacturers. Meeting standard industry practices.

Fabrication – The hands-on portion of the canvas and upholstery trade that deals with the measuring, fitting cutting and sewing of the product.

Installation – The techniques and products required to install all interior products, such as cushions and upholstery, window treatments, covers and carpet.

Basic Features of a Boat - Basic design features of a boat’s interior is directly related to the exterior. All interior features of vessel are dictated by use, size and budget.

Project Management Characteristics – Project management encompasses the techniques, tools and methods used for tracking, costing, coordinating, scheduling, and timely completion of a project. It also entails how to use the past information collected to develop accurate estimating in the future projects.