Boat-cover company starts up in Tennessee

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A custom boat-cover maker with a quarter of a century of experience in the Pacific Northwest is hoping some of his ideas will catch on among East Tennessee boat owners.

Dan Harris recently opened Tuff Tops, a manufacturer of custom boat covers, awnings and enclosures, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

Harris learned the art of making boat covers from his father in a family business that served boat owners in the Spokane, Wash., area. Later, he and his wife, Becky, operated their own business for 25 years.

After moving to Knoxville about a year ago, Harris began to wonder whether the local boat market might offer an opportunity to restart the business.

“They do very well in the Northwest, so we are hoping they catch on here,” he told the newspaper. “We take the raw materials and customize them into whatever the customer prefers.”

The Tuff Tops product line includes enclosures for pontoon boats, Bimini tops, mooring covers, tunnel covers and more.

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