Boat Canvas & Upholstery Training Courses


The Marine Canvas Training Institute is located in Palmetto Florida and is the original hands on teaching facility geared towards training you in making boat canvas and boat upholstery. We have over 40 years of canvas fabricating experience and have been teaching students from all across the US, and internationally for over 30 years to successfully produce quality marine canvas products. We are a member if IFAI (Industrial Fabric Association International) and MFA (Marine Fabricators Association).

Dawn Taylor, owner/instructor is MFC (Master Fabric Craftsman) certified. She continues her education by regularly attending MFA convention workshops to learn about new techniques, materials/hardware, and technology. Dawn has been a past MFA board member, judged competitions and presented at MFA convention workshops. Dawn also regularly attends local and international boat shows for the latest trends in the industry.

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Marine Canvas Training Institute offers three 5 day marine canvas and upholstery training seminars. The seminars offer intensive ‘hands-on’ training that includes materials that go in to making different canvas products, how to make bimini tops, enclosures, dodgers and sprayhoods, full covers, cushions and formed seat upholstery. Class sizes are kept small for you to receive close attention in the learning process. Click on the Class Information page, then click on each seminar offered for a complete description.

We are now offering class refresher/auditing opportunities. This means you can attend the Basic Boat CanvasAdvanced Boat Canvas and Boat Upholstery at a reduced price. At the lower price you are allowed to watch and take notes only but not participate in the fabrication process of projects.

We also offer a full training library covering all details on how to make the different products.

Along with the canvas training classes and training library we have a line of quality tools used in the canvas making business. Click on Tools of the Trade page for pictures and prices.

No experience is necessary. We can help you get started or improve upon what you already know. The help does not end with the seminar. We are available via email, phone or fax to answer questions.

  • Hands-on Training Seminars
  • Audit our Hands-On Training Seminars
  • Marine Canvas Training Library
  • “Tools of the Trade” (now on DVD demonstrating their use)
  • Private Consulting
  • Technical Advice via Fax, Phone, or Email
  • Shopping from our online store


Please note that Marine Canvas Training Institute offers only avocational courses, contract training courses, continuing education and professional development programs or courses in accordance with section 1005.06(d) of the florida statutes.