From the early age of 5 John recalls having a great interest in lines, angles and shapes. His favorite hobbies included Spiro-graphs, string art, model airplanes and brain teasing puzzles. At the age of 18, John joined the marine canvas world and spent his first 6 years as an apprentice at 2 local canvas shops learning basic canvas skills. During that time John soon discovered this was a field that had not advanced in fifty years and needed change. The techniques of yesteryear would soon prove to be insufficient as the motor yacht industry continued to grow. Being a part of the next generation of canvasmen to come, John prepared himself for the challenge.
He started his own business in 1989 known as "Barrett Boating Canvas." This allowed John’s creative side to expand as he continued to perfect his fit and finishing techniques. John created a division within his company known as "Bimini World" where he introduced the truss bow frame to the region along with a line of heavy duty fittings for the larger tops. He put himself and his crew through computer aided drafting (CAD) classes so they would have the ability to engineer fine and very complex bimini tops for shops all across North America, including some of his largest local competitors. He had become the problem solver for many shops across the country and recognized as a valuable leader in the industry.
On several occasions John has won outstanding achievement awards, the highest honor in our field. On more than one occasion, the Annual International Marine Fabricators Convention has invited him to speak and provide demonstrations on design concerns, fabrication techniques and new products he developed. His proudest achievement to date would be the Barrett bonded window system, the finest marine enclosure window available, often used by naval architects in their plans. John racked up the airline miles as demand for his window product came from all parts of the world. He has built enclosures in Singapore for the Asian Boat Show and for private yacht owners in Osaka, Japan as well as working with new dealers on the East Coast.
John is currently the holder of 5 U.S. patents and has many more ideas in the works. Allow John to exceed your expectations while he offers up innovative ideas and finishes with a product that is unparalleled.