History and BackgroundIn his earlier years, Craig Wilson had the privilege and honor of serving our country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. In those formidable years, his positive experiences from training, structure and adherence to integrity provided him with the basic values he holds true to serving the public today. Basic training in 1968 at Lackland Air Force Base, then to Sheppard Tech School for jet aircraft, began Craig's interest and enthusiasm for detail and precision oriented mechanical skills.
Craig's first duty station was at Edwards Air Force Base training on F106 Aircraft, Detachment 1. 414 Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Then to George Air Force Base in San Bernardino training on F4E aircraft that prepared him for duty in Ton Son Knut Saigon Vietnam with the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on RF4C aircraft. Relocating with his squadron to Misawa Japan before rotating back to the states, Craig was honored with achieving Master Crew Chief for Pacific Air Force.
End of tour brought Craig to McCord Air Force Base, Tacoma Washington and new life decisions. While attending Tacoma College and University of Washington, Craig touched base with Yacht Yard for early days in the Marine Industry. Before long, he relocated to San Carlos Ca for employment with Bay Marine. By 1976, Craig had achieved factory certifications for OMC, Johnson/Evinrude, Mercury, Mercruiser and Volvo. Props were turning full throttle.
As Craig opened his first Sole Proprietorship under the name Wilson's Boat Wrench in Belmont Ca, he trained Rich Lent who would become the next owner and retain the name of Belmont Boats still going strong today. Wilson's Paradise Marine, opening in 1983, began the next chapter with his move to Paradise Ca.
Wilson's Paradise Marine, over the years, has expanded from servicing OMC, Mercury, Mercruiser, Mariner, Volvo, Johnson/Evinrude, to now include PCM, Indmar, Berkely Jet, Kodiak Jet, Hamilton Jet and American Turbine.
Our canvas department, run by wife Donna, takes a great deal of pride by using top quality American made Sunbrella fabrics, and superior quality goods. Custom boat covers, biminis and enclosures are fabricated to boat design and highlighted as primary to our reputation for excellence.
With a high demand for mobile service, and for the convenience of non-trailering vessels or houseboats, we met the challenge by expanding to include on site mobile service using state of the art diagnostics and tools. Our factory trained professionals are a phone call away. Craig and Donna Wilson take pride in the team effort demonstrated by our employees. More like a family circle, Lead Technician Mike O'Mary and Service Technician Logan Burget Cuseo remain inspired by providing an atmosphere of fun learning, maximum efficiency and desire for achieving excellence with every job. Large or small, each job is regarded with utmost respect, using highest quality tools, state of the art diagnostic equipment as needed, and treated as if it were our personal asset. Our humble goal is simple. Establish a welcoming environment. Achieve the highest level of perfectionism possible. Celebrate, with gratitude, returning satisfied customers.