Thursday, October 30, 2014

Built With Pride to Make Owners Proud

In the small town of Cadillac, Michigan, lives a group of dedicated men and women whose sole mission is to provide the boating public with some of the finest watercraft in the world.

Every weekday morning before the sun rises, this group of experienced craftsmen are hard at work doing just that. These are not mindless robots going through the paces of putting tab “A” into slot “B”. They are, instead, artists who take their craft seriously, checking and double-checking each brushstroke, stepping back in order to view and ensure that their part of the process will easily pass not only the final inspector's test, but also more importantly, the new owner's inspection.

One at a time, each craft makes its way from station to station. Starting as nothing more than a 55-gallon drum of liquid, they are transformed into the shiny new toys of a few lucky owners.

Long before this process begins, though, it is only an idea in an artist's imagination -- a few lines put on paper, a curve here and a swish mark there. Mechanical drawings soon bring focus to these scrawls, and if the design is acceptable a mock-up using a state-of-the-art 3D printer is ordered. From this miniature mock-up, full-size Styrofoam molds are painstakingly shaped mostly by hand.

This is a crucial time in the boat's life. Getting to this stage does not guarantee it a future. It could still wind up on the scrap heap even after all is said and done. The odds are slim that this will happen since so much time and energy have been dedicated to the project so far, but if it’s not right for whatever reason, out it goes.

If all is well at this point, the mold is cast and it’s off to the manufacturing floor to begin assembly.

A special water tank awaits each new boat at the end of the line. Here, the boat undergoes a battery of tests to check for leaks, balance, and to ensure it is mechanically sound.

If it’s a trailer-able model, the crew will load it and send it out to be wrapped and prepped for shipment.

Three of the boat models we offer here at North Texas Marine—Glastron, Scarab and Four Winns—come from this one plant.

Each one is a quality craft with a design and purpose uniquely suited to their buyers’ needs and desires.

If you would like to view the finished product, stop by one of our showrooms for a personal tour of your own. With models to fit nearly every budget and taste, we are sure you won’t be disappointed with what the men and women of Cadillac, Michigan have in store.

And if you ever find yourself in that quaint village on the shores of Cadillac Lake, stop in and say, "Hello."

You’ll be glad you did.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day from Stem to Stern

Memorial Day kicks off Boating Season at the Lake! Check out these fun Memorial Day ideas for your weekend at the lake...


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spring Boat Pre-Launch Maintenance Checklist

Proper boat maintenance is key to a season of fun and safe boating. Print our free spring checklist to ensure your boat, trailer and equipment are safe and ready to go.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Don't Rock the Boat: A Guide for Guests | Discover Boating

On the receiving end of an invitation to head out on the water aboard a friend or relative's boat? Make the most of the opportunity and show off your nautical know-how with our tips on boating etiquette.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Is Boating Right for You?

Our friends over at Discover Boating have put together some great videos to help folks have more fun on the water.  This video does a great job of explaining why all of us boat lovers enjoy boating so much.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

It's New and Exciting Year for Boating

It's been a while since we last blogged about boating and it's driving me crazy! The holidays are always a slow time in the boating industry. They are a period to spend quality time with family/friends and reflect on the past year. I hope all of you had a great Holiday season and are off to a prosperous 2012. For us, 2012 started off with a good deal of anxiety. As everyone knows, the entire state of Texas has been in a drought for the last year or so. The impact of a drought has touched all parts of the State's economy and well being. Those of us that work in the boating industry, not only love the water for recreational purposes, but we count on it for our livelihood. If you listened to all of the doom and gloom on the news, North Texas was in for a very dry Winter, Spring, and Summer. It was looking like a very real possibility that some area lakes could be shut down to boating this year as they would be unsafe to use....A few rainy days in January changed all that! Proving that the only thing predictable about Texas weather is its unpredictability, North Texas experienced one of it's wettest Januarys on record. With over 6" of rain across all of North Texas, the ground and lakes received some much needed relief. All area lakes are now returning to their normal levels. Eagle Mountain is now only 1/2 a foot down, Lake Texoma has been re-opened as the fresh water reduced the blue-green algae levels, and we have more rain forecasted this weekend. Perhaps the best news is that with the drought maps that are released every Thursday, today's map reveals that the drought has officially been busted in North Texas! With our wettest months still ahead of us, it looks like we are going to be in great shape for the 2012 boating season.

The start of the new year also means Boat Show season for all of us in the boating industry! For us, the Dallas International Boat Show is the biggest show of the year. Our staff has been working tirelessly for the past week setting up our booth at the show. Dealers from all around D/FW are there doing the same thing, to show off all the latest models from the major boat manufacturers, display new technologies, and present fun seminars on how to get the most from your boating experience. We are particularly excited to debut some cool new models at the show this year including:

  • The Retro-styled Glastron GT 160 
  • The Glastron GT Sport Edition
  • The New Four Winns H210 and H210 SS  and
  • Our Exclusive South Bay Pontoons Texas Edition

The new year should be an exciting time for boating in North Texas.  We hope this blog can serve as a resource to help you stay informed and have a great time out on the water!  We plan to post articles about area lake conditions,  area boating / lake events, tips for getting more enjoyment from your time on the water, and interesting news from around the boating industry.  Please let us know how we are doing and please feel free to send us requests for information that you would like to see here.  

Unless the Mayans are correct, 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best boating seasons we have had around here in a long time.  We hope to see you out on the water!

Here are some pics of our boat show setup.  check out our facebook page for more pics and updates from the show!