Lake Shore Boat Top Company, Inc

Project Details

Fabric 1

Producer: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC
Supplier: Trivantage LLC

Fabric 2

O'Sea Firma
Producer: O’Sullivan Films
Supplier: O'Sullivan Films

Fabric 3

Solar Fix Thread
Producer: Solar Fix
Supplier: Keyston Bros.

Fabric 4

YKK Zippers
Producer: YKK
Supplier: Manart-Hirsch Co. Inc.

Fabric 5


Design Name
Rob Kotowski & Bob Kotowski

Fabrication Name
Rob Kotowski, Gregory Phillips, Jake Koch, Nick Featherstone, Laureen Boyle, Phyllis Gielow

Project Manager Name
Rob Kotowski & Bob Kotowski

Installation Name
Rob Kotowski, Gregory Phillips, Nick Featherstone

Please describe the project specifications

This project consisted of multiple projects tied all together providing a unique fabricated enclosure. The first part of this job consisted of designing a new fabricated T-Top made of Slate Sunbrella fabric. The next phase of this project was to make a 5-section telephone booth enclosure around the center console and attaching it to the console and the aluminum supports at the top of the structure. The last phase of this project was fabricating a 2-section travel cover which tied into the 5-section front telephone booth enclosure providing the perfect weather protection for rough seas, rainy days, and for early/late season fishing.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?

Our customer is an avid fisherman here on the Great Lakes. He wanted an enclosure / top that would help extend his fishing season so that he and his crew could be protected from rough seas, and inclement weather during early Spring and late Fall.

What is unique or complex about the project?

We were able to fabricate an enclosure on this boat so that if the owner wanted to jump onto his vessel he could simply just remove the rear section of his cockpit cover. With the way we designed the rest of the enclosure, the 5-section window telephone booth and front cockpit cover all attached together. The owner does need to remove anything. He can simply get up and go! This design is also a great way to protect the entire boat and a great travel cover to use when trailering the boat. We added burn strips on the center window to protect the window and give the boat a stylish accent piece.

What were the results of the project?

The results on this project were astounding. We provided the customer a fabricated design that was exactly what he was hoping for, but according to his words “only better”. He was very pleased that we let him get involved with some of the design and we communicated on each phase how we were progressing with the project. After this project was completed he signed up for additional work on his food truck. We are now building an enclosure for his pizza truck, which he takes around the state to local city events. This new enclosure will help provide him protection against the weather all year long.

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