Jenks Craft Refresh:
The complete renovation process

1st July 2020

Check out this Jenks Craft transformation the team here at ALFAB recently got the chance to assist with. The original vessel was old, run-down and even had a rotting floor. After some much needed attention, our client ended up with a boat that looked like new.

When comparing the before and after shots, you can see the huge difference a bit of work can make to even the most run-down of boats. Renovating a boat can be a fun and rewarding process and it’s also a bonus when you get the chance to reuse and update rather than buying brand new.

We’ve documented the complete renovation process to help you better understand exactly how our client reached this end result.

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The renovation stages:

Our client decided to start the process by first pulling out the rotting floors and adding in completely new strings for a brand new floor.


The transom was also removed and replaced with one that our client built to suit his needs.


After this, the old windscreen was removed and replaced with a wave breaker that the client built. The team at ALFAB supplied black powder coated frames with 8mm grey glass to be mounted into the wave breaker.


To finish off the project completely, a range of new electronics were installed, plus a fresh paint job.

Our client was extremely happy with the end result. As you can see from the before and after shots, this Jenks Craft was completely transformed over the course of a few renovation stages.


If you would like assistance with your next boating renovation project, be sure to get in touch with the team of experts at ALFAB in Queensland or Victoria.

For all your marine glazing needs including boat windscreens and windows, our team will provide you with a high-quality finish and professional advice. Contact us today for an obligation-free quote.


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Thinking about restoring a caravan?

 

9th July 2020

It’s little wonder caravan renovations are becoming so popular as many Australians re-visit road tripping in style and comfort.

Here at ALFAB, our skilled team regularly work with customers on caravan renovation projects and we have supplied or installed a variety of sliding windows, louvre windows and hopper windows, handles and stays, as well as a range of automotive doors.

Over the years, we have assisted many caravan, RV and camper trailer owners with major restorations as well as more minor installations.

Recently, we worked with a client who carried out this refurbishment of an amazing vintage caravan called Marilyn.


What’s involved in a caravan renovation?

Restoring an older or vintage caravan can be a fun and rewarding process, but there is a lot of work that has to be done to achieve this result. If you are wanting to take on a complete interior and exterior caravan restoration, some of the many aspects to consider include: 

  • Windows, windscreen & doors
  • Mechanical work such as brakes, axles & wheels
  • Electrical work 
  • Plumbing & gas
  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring 
  • Interior & exterior paintwork 
  • Seat covers, other upholstery & curtains

Using modern parts for retro caravans:

If you’re hoping to achieve a retro look similar to this recent project completed by our team, you will have to weigh up whether you plan on restoring the caravan faithfully to its original condition, or if you want a modern take with updated materials and parts. 

Using updated and modern materials will generally mean you will end up with a safer and more practical final product. This, however, all comes down to personal preference and how you intend to use your refurbished caravan. It can also be difficult to track down original caravan parts and features, so the quicker and easier option is usually to take a modern spin.

That said, many of the original parts found on caravans like the picture above were fitted with ALFAB windows and fittings even 45 years ago, most of which can still be sourced right here from our team from the store or by request.

Recommended windows & doors for caravans:

For more than 45 years, we’ve been working on caravan projects just like this one and we are always open to assisting with new restorations. Here at ALFAB, we provide standard and custom caravan window and door installations. Our team is highly experienced in producing glass products for caravans of all makes, models and sizes.

Our automotive doors can also be installed in a variety of styles, sizes and materials. There is a range of standard sizes to choose from or we can custom create a door to fit your vehicle. Doors come in glass or acrylic, black or white and round or square top corners. Or we can fabricate to suit your needs in most common materials.

To finish off the caravan refurbishment completely, all automotive doors from ALFAB can be fitted with aluminium hinges or stainless steel hinges, internal security screens and triple locks. We can also assist with a range of seals, rubbers, plastics and other window or door accessories that may be required.

Need more information?

If you’re wanting to restore your caravan, be sure to get in contact with our team of experts for assistance. Backed by decades of industry experience, we can help get your tired caravan or camper trailer looking like new.

For further information or to arrange a comprehensive quote, get in touch with our Queensland or Victorian team today.

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Bass Strait Boat Transformation

June 2020

Take a look at these amazing before and after shots of a Bass Strait Boats Offshore 24 refit the team at ALFAB recently completed.

The client came to us wanting to replace the existing wave breaker and put a five piece windscreen in its place.

As you can see in the before and after photos below, a windscreen refit can make a huge difference to the overall look of your boat. A fresh windscreen is also essential when it comes to visibility and safety.


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Bass Strait Boats

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Are you interested in a windscreen refit for your boat?

For further information on any of our services, be sure to get in contact with the experts at ALFAB today.


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3D Shaped Polycarbonate:
Ideal for race boat & race car windows

June 2020

Combining UV stability with superior impact resistance, polycarbonate sheet material is the ideal option for harsh environments where physical impacts are common—for example, race boat and race car windows.

Here at ALFAB, we take on a range of 3D shaped polycarbonate projects and we recommend polycarbonate to anyone who is seeking a durable, safe and lightweight alternative to glass.

polycarbonate

Available in clear as well as a variety of colour options, UV polycarbonate is the perfect choice for architectural applications, particularly where extended service life and resistance to colour shift is needed. UV polycarbonate sheets provide enhanced UV-resistance, exceptional durability throughout changing weather conditions and high impact strength.

The sheets can be thermoformed, fabricated and decorated to suit your requirements. For your peace of mind, it is even backed by a 5-year limited warranty against breakage, excessive yellowing and loss of light transmission.

Polycarbonate provides competition race boats and race cars with a huge benefit in terms of weight reduction, safety and performance enhancement when compared to glass alternatives. Below are examples of polycarbonate applications used for a race car and race boat:

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There are various other applications for polycarbonate where safety is paramount, such as within the industrial and architectural industries.

Some of these applications include:

  • Forestry machinery windows
  • Balcony guards
  • Security screen protection
  • Personal protection shields

Here at ALFAB, we regularly work with 3D shaped polycarbonate on a range of marine applications including race boat windows. If you’re interested in UV polycarbonate or would like to learn more, be sure to get in touch with the specialists at ALFAB today.


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