Katie BradfordKatie Bradford, owner of Custom Marine Canvas in Noank, CT, was recently elected Chairman of the Board to the International Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The IFAI was founded in 1912, when 14 canvas and awning manufacturers met to standardize weights and prices. Today the IFAI is one of the world’s largest trade associations, with more than 1,500 members in 42 countries.

After several years of sailing the world, Bradford returned to Connecticut and started Custom Marine Canvas in 1985. Her experience has served her customers well and she and her company have won several awards. A former Chairman of the Marine Fabricators Association (a division of IFAI) and a director of IFAI and NECPA, she keeps up with new fabrics, fittings and techniques.

As Past Commodore of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association and the Mystic River Mudheads Sailing Association and former President of New London Community Boating, Bradford is very involved in sailing. She competes on the Grand Prix level, which also helps to keep her in touch with the need for lightweight, efficient products to improve racing. A veteran of many yacht deliveries, including two transatlantic passages, she stays on top of what boats need to stay safe, comfortable and attractive.

Bradford can be reached at 860-572-9547. Custom Marine Canvas serves marine enthusiasts throughout New England by designing and handcrafting canvas-based products for boats and waterfront properties. Visit custommarinecanvas.com for more information.

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