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“I worked with Chris on my fishing boat in order to build a comfortable and complete top with side curtains. He was creative, accommodating and provided the necessary expert knowledge to ensure that the top would be placed correctly, sturdy and long-lasting. I love the top -- it keeps the sun off in the heat and the rain off in the storms. The windshield and side curtains are awesome - keeping the rain and the waves off myself and my family. Chris and his firm do excellent work!” Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
-- Christopher Wysong, Hemco Gages
Hey Chris, Thanks so much for making the side curtains on the dodger of my sailboat. It was such short notice on my part compounded by the circumstances of your move. But you handled everything so well, and the result was just as I envisioned and as you described. You have always been the person I preferred to do my canvas work over these past 15 or 20 years although I did not always get you. But your respect for your customers, your knowledge of the proper and best way to complete a project, and your consummate skill in pattern making for a perfect fitting result put your head and shoulders above everyone else. And thanks so much for chasing me up the shore to complete the installation. You certainly went well beyond the limits of good service to accommodate my trials.
-- Larry Van Lare
Chris's work is high quality, honest workmanship in a timely manner. He has provided great results in both new design and replacement of existing patterns. It's a pleasure to work with him
-- Jim cooper, Anchorage Marine Service
Thanks for the high quality work on my Searay. You exceeded my expectations!
-- Doug Hekman
Chris, We are into our 4th year and over 8,000 miles of cruising since you completed our extended cockpit enclosure with panels, screens, and Rainer side windows. The majority of this cruising has been in salt water, and they are still looking terrific! The space functions as an extended living area and remains completely dry in rain squalls and rough seas. Again, a WELL DONE to you and your team for exceeding our expectations.
-- Tom & Sue m/v Marbles
Chris, you did a nice job on the enclosure for my boat! Thanks!
-- Doug McKenzie
Thank you guys! I am very pleased with the bonded front enclosure and I can't wait until spring.
-- Craig Harden
The new carpet in our boat looks fabulous! It now has a totally new, updated feel and we are very excited to get the rest of the interior done. Shaine did such a great job! His work ethic and attention to detail was superior. He takes a lot of pride in his work and it really shows. The before and after pictures are unbelievable! We look forward to working with you in the future when we need a new camper top.
-- Happy Customer
Chris used boat this weekend and the canvas and glass are first class. Thanks for bringing new life to an old boat.
-- Darren Riopelle
Dear Chris – I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for doing such a great job serving my business and my clients over the last ten years. Your work is second to none, and you always go the extra mile making sure everyone is satisfied with your work. Any customer that I’ve ever sent your way has been elated with the job you’ve done. In this business, you only make recommendations when you know you can believe in the results, and I have always and will continue to make Canvas Innovations our first recommendation for any type of canvas or enclosure work. Thanks again Chris. Sincerely, Josh Van Howe Coral Gables Yachts Holland, MI 49423 www.coralgablesyachts.com
-- Josh Van Howe, Coral Gables Yachts
Hi Chris, Dawn and I were on the boat this past weekend and thought the new canvas looked great! Not only the appearance but the function as well. It gave us the additional shade we were looking for. You do great work! Bruce and Dawn Bolen
-- Bruce and Dawn Bolen
Chris and company, I saw the new top and windows for my '99 sedan bridge today for the first time and was AMAZED! What a fantastic piece of craftsmanship.!!!! Exceeded ALL expectations. The design suggestions from you and your staff make my boat look 10 years younger. I found your company through a recommendation and will not hesitate to recommend Canvas Innovations to anyone. I look forward to working with you again. Kevin Hitney Chicago Il
-- Kevin Hitney, Chicago Il
You exceeded ALL my expectations on the boat cover. Awesome Job! Thank you very much! Jeff Zoppa
-- Jeff Zoppa
Thank you for your prompt service, and creative design. Our new cockpit awning looks great and really works.
-- Sam & Jeannie Martin
My North Channel trip in the Pursuit 2200 went well this year except it was wetter than we would have preferred. The new side curtains and aft curtain performed excellently at keeping us dry and comfortable. Very pleased. One of the other boaters that traveled along with us told me "I am impressed with your new canvas". I'll definitely be back when I need more work done. Bill Brace
-- Bill Brace
Chris, we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the excellent service you have provided to our clients. A lot of times when we go to list a boat that we are going to sell we can tell even before we get aboard whether you did the canvas or someone else. That seems funny but there is an absolute difference in the quality of work that you offer in terms of fit, finish, and detail. Whenever we have a customer in need of canvas, you are the only recommendation that we make- we are that confident that our customers are going to be more than satisfied in your work. Not only do our clients get to enjoy their quality canvas job while they’re out boating, but they also enjoy the better resale price that they get from having it done by Canvas Innovations. The Anchorage Yacht Sales Team Matt Loew, Lou Hebert, Jon Dykstra
-- The Anchorage Yacht Sales Team
Thanks for the quality job you did on my 38ft Chris Craft. I was impressed with your service, completion time, and workmanship. Thanks again.
-- Ken Parker - Grand Rapids, MI
Chris, It's been a year since you and your staff custom made my top and cover for my boat and I want to tell how many comments I had over the summer fishing the tournaments up and down the lake, everybody loved it !! Thanks for your commitment to excellence it really shows in your work and dedication! Thanks also for coming to my building and doing this job so quickly, with the busy schedule of your spring. See you on the water, I owe you a fishing trip... Bill Maatman " Maatley Crew "
-- Bill Maatman, Maatley Crew
The Rainier windows designed and installed by Chris Ritsema and his staff have worked out great! This project was a rebuild with a tricky set of curvatures going in two different planes between the existing lower windshield and the new hardtop. It's been watertight in some heavy rainstorms and open water conditions, it keeps the heat out of the helm area, it's "clear as a bell" from the inside and looks super from the outside.
-- Master Jeff Smith
Chris, You are a genius! Curtains fit like a Saville Row bespoke suit. Easy to install and we got them perfectly centered on the tracks. Beautiful. Friends thought I was nuts to spend 50 grand on my 15-year-old boat but it is perfect, up to date, and it maxes out my boathouse. Your perfectly made curtains are the final touch. I appreciate craftsmen like you and my boat mechanic Tom. It makes boat ownership easy Larry Marsland Marsland Centre Limited
-- Larry Marsland, Marsland Centre Limited
Chris, The quality of your work was top shelf. You did my canvas job for the $$ that you quoted and you did it when you said you would. I have a very nice console cover and skin top for my Boston Whaler, thanks to you. Your workmanship is excellent!
-- David L Campbell
I was in need of a good canvas company to fabricate a custom soft top and curtains for my 23' Tiara Pursuit, I was put in touch with Chris and after a brief meeting, I knew he had great knowledge in his work. I hired Chris and his staff to design and fabricate the new skin top and curtains. They surpassed all my expectations! Great Job guys! and Gals on a job well done. Keep it up!
-- Chad Dykema, Acoustical Installations
Hi Chris, Our launch was flawless yesterday and we kept warm en route to Saugatuck. The Rainier enclosure is beautiful and will need your training on how to operate the sophisticated double track system. Thanks again, Chris, the project is terrific. . . . . well done. Regards, Bob Schuitema
-- Bob Schuitema