Boat Canvas University
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Boat Canvas University is THE ONLY marine canvas fabrication training program in the country. 

Taught by Master Instructor, John Cavender, with 30+ years experience building and owning his own fabrication company. 

You’re guaranteed to learn everything you’ll need to know to start earning over 100k+ a year in your own business.

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Course Options


  • The Complete Program – $5,500

  • In-Person Workshop – $2,800

  • Video Tutorial Courses – $3,000

Student Testimonials

  • John is by far the best resource for people starting out in this business. He is responsive to emails, takes calls anytime and stops what he’s doing to help his students. If you are looking for marine canvas training, look no further. John is the man. His videos go at just the right pace! If you’ve watched others they can progress painfully slow. John is quick and informative without boring you to death. I highly recommend Boat Canvas University for your training. I will be signing up for the workshop training soon!

    Ken Wallace Avatar Ken Wallace
    November 4, 2021
  • This class is very informative. I am a complete beginner to marine canvas and was able to learn the fundamentals as well as a few tricks that can only be acquired with decades in the business. This workshop course along with the videos I purchased will teach me what I need to know to become a quality canvas fabricator.

    Glen Jensen Avatar Glen Jensen
    June 4, 2022
  • If I had any sort of question, it was answered immediately! I liked that. The courses were easy to understand and follow…

    Karen Krug Avatar Karen Krug
    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!

    Rita G Avatar Rita G
    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!

    serious eiken Avatar serious eiken
    November 4, 2021
  • Really enjoyed attending his week along class. very nice work shop and John is great person , along with his father I learned a lot from his class. Started watching his videos on his old web site, Then when he changed to his new web site, I could never get back in to finish watching them. However the ones I have watched made it easy to keep up with what I learned in his class. plus it great as a refresher because I don’t do canvass every day.

    J R DeBaun Avatar J R DeBaun
    November 4, 2021
  • The website was nicely informative and the online and in person education peaked my interest immediately with future grandeur’s. I paid for an online course and nothing ever happened…???.did I get swindled or was there a technical error. Reach out to me John

    Christophe Greve Avatar Christophe Greve
    November 4, 2021
  • Purchased one of the online courses, having never built a canvas before it gave me the confidence and knowledge to take on the challenge, very highly recommend

    William Rodenhauser Avatar William Rodenhauser
    November 4, 2021
  • 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!

    Robert Catello Avatar Robert Catello
    October 28, 2022
  • 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.

    Wade Hensley Avatar Wade Hensley
    November 4, 2021

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