About the Owner and Fabricator
Keri Ames – Owner and Fabricator
I began sailing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay with my husband in the late 90s. My passion for marine canvas grew out of necessity for new canvas for our own boat. Having never sewn before, I bought a book and a sewing machine and got right to work. After completing multiple projects for our own boat, I found I really enjoyed the work. I spent the next several years refining my sewing skills and learning as much as I could about marine canvas fabrication. I began completing projects for fellow dock mates and surrounding marinas. As I continued to work my full-time corporate job my true passion for marine canvas fabrication continued to grow and I set a path to make this my full-time career.
Prior to transitioning into marine canvas fabrication, I worked in the technical field holding a dual role as a Problem Analyst Manager focusing on software root cause analysis as well as a Release Manager focusing on new software releases for an E911 cellular network system. Although quite a different field, the skills developed both in customer service and detail orientation have carried over into my canvas work.
With my goal of becoming a full-time fabricator, I began formal training while continuing to work my corporate job. I attended multiple canvas fabrication schools receiving training from certified master fabric craftsman Mark Hood and his wife Deb at Hood Canvas Marine Training in Merrimac, MA as well as Northcoast Marine Training in Port Clinton, OH. This has allowed me to learn a variety of techniques to fabricate custom high-quality canvas with clean finishes to enhance the look of boats and add to the pride of ownership. In 2013, I established Yachtsman’s Canvas continuing to work as a part time fabricator and in 2015, I realized my dream leaving my corporate job to work full time in marine canvas fabrication.
I continue to attend workshops, conferences and seminars working with both domestic and international fabricators. My years of boating experience provides me the unique opportunity to understand the need for quality canvas along with the practical side of what does and does not work. My training, boating experience, passion for the trade and attention to detail can be seen in each project I complete.
I am a proud member of the IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International), MFA (Marine Fabricators Association) as well as CMCFA (Chesapeake Bay Marine Canvas Fabricators Association). I currently hold a board position with CMCFA.