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Message started by Wake man on Aug 19th, 2009 at 11:04am

Title: Where did you buy your boat?
Post by Wake man on Aug 19th, 2009 at 11:04am
I am currently boatless and am in the market. What dealer have people had good luck with? Any bad?

Title: Re: Where did you buy your boat?
Post by Shaka on Aug 20th, 2009 at 9:40am
I bought my boat at Wood's Fun Center back when they sold boats.   The salesman that sold me my boat now runs the Lakeway Sail & Ski.   Sail & Ski is an excellent dealership.  I don't know how much value you put into surveys, but they were recognized as being one of the top ten boat dealerships (all brands) in the country.  I think #4.

I didn't get along with the Ski Dock dealer when I was shopping.  I was looking at the Baja runabouts and they were very standoffish.

My brother in law bought a Malibu from Central Texas Watersports on IH35 and he has been very pleased with them.   I went with him when he was shopping and they were eager to do a water test for him.

I've heard good things about Boat Town and my buddy had a good experience with Austin Boats and Motors.

I've used Travis / Tracker for repair and they've done a good job with my maintenacne and repairs.

Whatever you do, insist on a test drive.  If they are too busy (which I can't imagine any dealership being with today's economy), walk away.

Title: Re: Where did you buy your boat?
Post by Captain YARRR on Aug 20th, 2009 at 5:23pm
I looked at Sail and Ski in Austin and had a great experience. The salesman took a lot of time to answer first time boater questions, he was super thorough and was very helpful. I would have bought from them if they had what I wanted. They were a little on the expensive side, but I imagine they would have some down in price on the used boat if I pressed them.

I bought from South Austin Marine, they were very helpful and happy to work with me. The salesman spent a lot of time with me and helped with all the basics. I feel like I got a fair deal and I am really enjoying the boat. There have been a few niggling things after buying it, but I can't really hold them responsible. The guy there who wired our Porsche for the trailer didn't do an awesome job, but admittedly he's not a Porsche guy.

Title: Re: Where did you buy your boat?
Post by Wake man on Sep 16th, 2009 at 2:28pm
I am guessing this is a good time of year to get serious about looking. Thanks for the info guys.

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