If you spend much time fishing out of a boat in the Pacific Northwest, it is not long before you realize a good top is a must have accessory for your boat. If you are not set up to stay dry, the ever-changing and often-rainy weather conditions can make for an unpleasant day on the water. The Portland area has many options for top-making companies that range from major businesses to one-man-shows working out of their garage. There are multiple companies with great reputations for high quality work and using high quality materials, but their premium products come at a premium prices. However, a short drive from the Portland Metro area and you can have your boat setup at Jerry’s Upholstery in Boring, Oregon. His shop is a rare example of a place where you can get premium service and work done at an affordable price.
Jerry’s offers a unique combination of willingness to custom make a product, while still taking a consultative stance and providing suggestions and recommendations that compliment customer’s ideas. If you have an idea about specifications for your top or upholstery work, Jerry is flexible and willing to make your product just the way you like it. Still, taking your money is not as important as making certain that you end up as a satisfied customer, so if there is some reason he believes the logistics of your idea are for some reason not recommended, he will at least inform you. In the long run, the value of his professional expertise could end up saving you lots of money as his experience seems to have taught him much about what works and what does not when it comes to tops and upholstery.
In the past Jerry has built tops for major boat manufacturer North River (since bankrupted). Despite North River’s financial woes, they built and sold a quality boat, and their decision to finish them with Jerry’s tops is a testimony to his quality of work. In finding Jerry’s I heard a variety of opinions about his and other top making businesses. Out of all the company names mentioned, no customers were so universally happy about both the price that they paid and the product that they got than those people who went to Jerry’s. With that in mind, I took my boat to Jerry’s to have him make a top, bow cover, seats and some custom upholstery. With the work done, I am as pleased and excited about the craftsmanship, quality and price as all those customers before me. I am sure if you visit Jerry’s, your experience will be the same. Jerry does not have a website, but he can be contact ed at (503) 668-7132 for estimates, arranging a time to drop off your boat, and details about location.