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BayView Canvas Specializes in ‘Anything You Can Cover’

Protect Your Outdoor Living Essentials From the Elements
By Victoria Ford | Sep 13, 2019

Little Egg Harbor — Jamie and Tonya Marozzi of Barnegat are the hands-on, day-to-day team behind BayView Canvas, located in Little Egg Harbor, a custom cover and upholstery business with 25 years of expertise and success as a family-run operation. Tonya focuses on sewing and scheduling while Jamie manages customer relations and installations.

Jamie grew up in Beach Haven, where his parents, Al and Kathy Marozzi, lived and opened the first BayView Canvas location in the ’90s. Later they built a home in Tuckerton and operated out of a 40-by-60-foot barn on Nugentown Road, until they outgrew that space and moved to their current location on Radio Road four or five years ago.

“My dad, Al, still comes into the shop every day and is part of the everyday workings at BayView,” Jamie said. “He was the heart and soul of BayView until I was experienced enough to take the reins. My mom was the office manager for many years and remains active in the business.”

More than 75 percent of their business is still on Long Beach Island, according to Jamie. BayView services a wide range of clientele, “from small guys to 80-foot yachts,” he said.

As Jamie told it, BayView specializes in “anything you can cover,” including outdoor kitchens, grills, firepits and more. As every homeowner along the coast knows, battling the elements, rust and corrosion is “a constant struggle,” he said.

The company’s reputation is built on its longevity, fine craftsmanship, attention to detail, and top-of-the-line products made from the highest-quality materials.

“Everything is custom,” he said.

Sunbrella remains the leading name in durable outdoor fabrics, thanks to its lifetime-guaranteed PTFE (poly-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) thread, unaltered by exposure to UV rays, cleaning agents, pollution, rain, saltwater, snow, rot and extreme temperatures. PTFE is a tough, low-friction thermoplastic polymer.

The laser templator is the newest addition to the workshop, an important tool for improving overall efficiency. Laser measurements are taken and entered into a computer program that tells the templator how to draw and cut the patterns. Jamie had CAD training to learn the software. The new apparatus shrinks the margin of error considerably, he said.

As an alternative to vinyl – which contains plasticizers for flexibility, which feed a type of pink mold that can infest and destroy a boat interior – the newest trend is Sileather, an international brand of silicone-based fabrics that calls itself “the future of fabrics” and describes its faux leather as “sustainable, recyclable, eco-friendly, animal friendly, durable, and flame resistant.” Gloriously soft and supple to the touch, Sileather makes white upholstery attractive again without the threat of unsightly mold.

The vast majority of boat canvas and upholstery has long been (and still is) vinyl, Jamie noted. BayView is one of the few in the state to offer the new silicone-based leather. It’s pricier, but longer-lasting, he said.

As with the Sunbrella, using longer-lasting materials means less frequent replacement and therefore less waste, he pointed out.

March through August is the height of productivity for the Marozzis, so clients are encouraged to start thinking about their needs now and place orders in the fall – especially upholstery jobs, which tend to be time-consuming, so “we try to get those done in the winter.”

Jamie and Tonya don’t own a boat, but they do get to enjoy their parents’ boats and reap plenty of satisfaction from making other boat owners happy.

Jamie said he feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps. He recalls helping his dad with projects as soon as he could handle a job – “hold the measuring tape, this and that” – and observing the way the shop was run all his life.

“I was learning a lot, even though I didn’t realize I was,” he said.

He graduated from Southern Regional High School in 2006 and then, unsure at that point what he wanted to do, he pursued a psychology degree, which he feels is useful to him as a customer relations tool and aid. By 2010 he was full-time at BayView, and since then he has grown the business in new technological and environmentally friendly directions – and grown a family at the same time. He and Tonya have two boys, Jamie, 6, and Luke, 4. It’s their turn now to hold tape measures and enjoy summer days hanging out in the workshop with Mom and Dad.

Visit bayviewcanvasnj.com, or say hi at the upcoming Jersey Shore Boat Sale and Expo in Lakewood, Sept. 21.

— Victoria Ford

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