Pine Island Boat Canopy

“An image of svelte timbers and taut sails”
Pine Island, N.Y.

by Steve Taylor

The Pine Island boat canopy was designed to provide a covered mooring for two boats along side a dock that lies parallel to the shoreline of the island. The one-acre island lies just inside US water along the Canadian Middle Channel of the St. Lawrence River. The design was conceived in 1992 but was not developed and executed until 1997.

This project was designed by us and engineered by FTL, a company specializing in fabric structures. We did the laminating and erected the structure. Fabric Structures, Inc., of Westwood, New Jersey designed and patterned the fabric for both this project and the Hub Island project.

The tapered laminated rafters and columns are of mahogany. Gougeon Bros. provided the epoxy and was very helpful in sharing their knowledge and expertise on how to achieve the desire tapers and shapes. The fabric for both projects is PVC coated polyester, manufactured by Serge Ferrari in Italy.

Note: This project won an Award of Excellence at the International Achievement Awards competition at the Industrial Fabrics Association international’s (IFAI) Expo 1998 in the Single Family Residential Awnings and Canopies category.


Wood Design & Building Autumn 2000 No 13
Epoxyworks Fall 1998 No 12
Fabric Architecture March/April 1999
Fabric Architecture July/August 1999
Fabric Architecture September/October 2001


AWARD OF EXCELLENCE- Pine Island Boat House

Project: A boat house covering that blends organic wood frames with high-performance architecturla tensile structures.
Designer: Elizabeth Murrell
Architect: Steve Taylor
Fabrication: The Fabric Shop (cover)
and Steve Taylor-Builder, Inc. (frame)
Project Manager: V William Murrell
Fabric: Flourotop 1002 from Ferrari
Owner: Steve and Nellie Taylor
Date: 1999

Fabric Structures, Inc.
129 Woodfield Road
Township of Washington, NJ 07675