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John Cavender

Master Instructor

Here’s your opportunity to learn from the best boat canvas fabricator in the United States. John Cavender has over 30 years of experience in this industry, with a proven tack record of success, including owning his very own fabrication company in Maryland. With a limited schedule, and increasing demand, classes with John sell out quickly. Click below to explore the program and enroll today.

Student Success Stories

  • We own a 52 foot Hatteras which needed new canvas and strataglass. Not too many people provide this service and the estimate was about $20,000! We decided to do it ourselves. We bought the courses from Boat Canvas University, a industrial strength sewing machine and all the materials and went to work. The total cost to do it ourselves was about $7,000. We couldn’t have done it without BCU! The courses are easy to follow. We had some questions so we called John. We were very surprised that he answered the phone and was happy to answer all our questions, he was extremely helpful. We have received a lot of compliments on our canvas. Many people have asked us to do it for them but we are retired and don’t want to start a new business.

    thumb Wade Hensley
    November 4, 2021
  • John Cavender makes learning to do canvas easy! He’s professional and a master at his talent! Would highly recommend to any boater or craftsman!

    thumb Rita G
    November 4, 2021
  • As a subscriber, I have been able to call on John Cavender at Boat Canvas University for technical questions from “best size for my next cutting table”, to, “which way should the Kedder welt lay, on the radio arch of a SeaRay when I pattern the aft enclosure” [If you have a hard time envisioning the elements of that question, then you might gather how valuable a thoughtful and definitive answer was!] I have 40 years as a self-employeed professional upholsterer with 2 years on boat enclosures. I wish I had met John 2 decades ago! I am looking forward to a workshop at Boat Canvas University. As a second generation boat canvas professional, John brings a wealth of knowledge to his enterprise… AND SHARES IT generously!

    thumb David Youngdahl
    November 4, 2021
  • I am a long time subscriber to the website and was a student of their first on-site training class on canvas enclosures. John and his team have always been knowledgeable and helpful, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the continent they have provided. Over the years, I have received many times over the amount of money that I’ve spent with Boat Canvas University. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone wanting to learn more about boats canvas as a hobby or profession.

    thumb Sailgriffin
    November 4, 2021
  • Found the online training videos very informative. I’m just getting started in marine canvas and this was the perfect place to start. John is a natural teacher and guides you through the steps and is humble enough to show a few mistakes too. You can tell John can do these jobs lightning fast, but slows them down so you can follow along. Buy materials and start practicing!

    thumb serious eiken
    November 4, 2021
  • My wife and I have been students of the Boat Canvas University for many years. We find that the training is in depth and put together in a easy to learn format. We have attended many in person workshops and also use the on demand video courses. Both training’s are professionally taught at the students learning speed. The knowledge utilized to put the classes together has been gathered from three generations of canvas masters. If you want to be a success in the Canvas Industry call John at the training center and find out for yourself why his family and the Boat Canvas University are the best in the business.

    thumb jim mcgee
    November 4, 2021
  • I just finished this workshop this week. It was awesome! John was great, he is very knowledgeable about the boat canvas business. He’s like the Godfather of boat canvas fabrication and this is an opportunity you can’t refuse. He’s set me up to change my life. I had a really good time with this and learned a lot.

    thumb Jason Wezgraj
    April 4, 2022
  • I Completed the class today and I couldn’t wait to write a review. This class gets a 10 out of 10. I was never so happy and excited to get up to go to school. The amount of money this cost in my opinion should be 3 times as much with the earning potential that you walk away with. John is extremely knowledgeable and great to work with. John provides you with the knowledge, contacts and resources to be successful. Best money that I have ever spent and would strongly recommend this class to anyone!

    thumb Robert Catello
    October 28, 2022
  • What a GREAT instructor. I’ve been sewing in canvas awning industry for over 44 years, just not marine canvas. John’s instructions give you the insight to do things the right way and he is always available if you run into problems. Thank you John! Keep up the great work

    thumb G
    November 4, 2021
  • John Cavender is the best fabricator I’ve had the experience to meet and learn from. His canvas course gave me the tools I needed to take my canvas business to the next level. I can now build a bimini that fits like a glove in less than a day. He covers the basics and finer points of enclosure fabrication thoroughly. And his entire video series which are included with the course are available as refreshers when needed. And if you have any questions John is almost always available to help you with your problem.

    thumb Joe Frattinger
    November 4, 2021

Results Of Recent Students

Leonard Parks

Started own business after taking the course, now makes over 100k a year with just himself.

Ken Wallace

Moved to South Florida & made 125k his first year after taking course.

Jim McGee

Existing business owner learned ways to cut time on projects and save money.

Ralph Gleason

Started his own boat canvas fabrication shop in Michigan, in 2 years grew business to over 500k a year in sales.

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