If you’ve ever considered replacing your Boston Whaler’s canvas — maybe the years have started to show, or maybe you’re just in the mood for a fresh pop of color — you should know the name “Great Lakes Boat Top.”
As the leading provider of top-quality marine replacement canvas, Great Lakes is a trusted source for Whaler owners all around the country. And this year, the company is celebrating its 60th year in business, making it one of the nation’s oldest and largest original equipment manufacturers of marine canvas covers and enclosures.
Here’s a little history: As the name implies, Great Lakes Boat Top was founded by William Parks in the Great Lakes region in a Detroit, Michigan garage. After 30 years of business with his father in the Detroit area, Ken Parks moved Great Lakes Boat Top to Tennessee to better serve the growing client list of boat manufacturers.
Today the company is owned by Marine Accessories Corporation and it continues to be the supplier of choice to the top boat brands in North America. With facilities in Tennessee and Florida, Great Lakes Boat Top also makes replacement canvas available to retail customers with thousands of original patterns dating back more than 24 years.
“It is a privilege to be part of a company dedicated to exceeding customer expectations for more than six decades,” said Jim Wilson, President of Great Lakes Boat Top. “That kind of longevity speaks volumes for the quality of work of the people at Great Lakes Boat Top as well as the solid business relationships we’ve developed with customers throughout the years.”
Wilson added, “We look forward to the challenges and rewards the next 60 years will bring.”
For more information on the company or to shop for canvas, visit greatlakesboattop.com/boston-whaler.