When it comes to replenishing your supplies for the weekend, or even for a lifetime on the lake, most people prefer the convenience of a “one stop shop”. Just off of Highway 63 in Hayward Wisconsin you’ll find an excellent example of one stop shopping. Hayward bait and tackle offers recreational boaters, fishermen, and waterfront property owners the full Northern Wisconsin experience, from their complete supply of bait and tackle, including their own farm raised bait direct from their 2300 square foot bait hatchery, to their full service Bottle Shoppe featuring a full selection of liquor, to their recently added premium ShoreMaster docks, boat lifts and accessories. Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe truly embraces all things waterfront in Northern Wisconsin.
The recent addition of ShoreMaster’s premium waterfront equipment makes Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe a destination for customers from Reed Lake, Mud Lake, Callahan Lake, Round Lake, Crane Lake, and Rice Lake and beyond. Now, lakeshore property owners looking for docks and lifts near Hayward, WI can find premium ShoreMaster docks and Lifts with the excellent customer service and friendly attitude that Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe has been known to consistently provide for over 50 years.
Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe recently completed an onsite training session with their ShoreMaster Sales Manager, Aaron Nyhus, which focused on product features and benefits training, assembly and installation, and a focus on the retail aspect of marketing a premium brand of waterfront equipment like ShoreMaster. On Saturday, May 10th, Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe held an open house, and from everyone at ShoreMaster, we’d like to congratulate them on the sale of their first dock system!
For more information on Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppe, please check out their website at www.haywardbait.com
As a member of the Tri-State Manufacturers Association (TSMA), ShoreMaster is proud to show off our industry leading facilities, equipment, people and products. On Tuesday, May 6th, ShoreMaster hosted a tour with the Tri-State Manufacturers Association as part of the association’s monthly meeting. The tour focused on ShoreMaster’s main plant, and was an opportunity for the association’s members to network with each other and with ShoreMaster’s executive and management teams, view ShoreMaster’s industry leading facilities, operations, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers today. The Tri-State Manufacturers Association may host another tour as part the association’s monthly meetings and will likely focus on ShoreMaster’s Rotational molding facilities.
Following the tour, Tri-State Manufacturing members attended an event featuring guest speaker Jennifer Byers, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, with topics including an overview of the important issues facing Minnesota manufacturers in the 2014 Legislative Session.
TSMA members noted that the ShoreMaster tour was one of the primary reasons for attending the meeting, along with the guest speaker event and the networking opportunities that the TSMA monthly meetings present.
The Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association (TSMA) is a membership-based organization serving manufacturers and related industries in west central Minnesota and eastern North and South Dakota.
When It Comes to Satisfying In-Season Demand, We Think Bigger
ShoreMaster’s Floor Plan Finance program means your authorized ShoreMaster dealer will always have the right amount of inventory in stock, at the right time so you’ll always be able to count on them to deliver the right ShoreMaster product when you need it.
No other waterfront equipment manufacturer offers a floor plan finance program that benefits its dealers and it’s users like ShoreMaster. Dealers get the benefit of flooring the right mix of products at the right times to satisfy their historic and forecasted inventory levels which translates to less waiting time and faster transaction times for customers looking to purchase a new, premium ShoreMaster dock or boat lift. ShoreMaster’s floor plan financing also means that dealers are able to stock a wider selection of ShoreMaster product options which is great news for the customer, because there is less potential that the customer will have to wait for the dealer’s next shipment from the factory to get the exact dock or boat lift with the exact options that they want. If, for some reason, your ShoreMaster dealer doesn’t have your exact model, or style of dock or boat lift in stock, you can always count on ShoreMaster to maintain appropriate levels of inventory at the factory. This means that even in-season, or late in the season, ShoreMaster can get your dealer exactly what you need quickly, even when other dock and boat lift manufacturers have stopped producing waterfront equipment for the summer.
ShoreMaster’s floor plan financing option for dealers is just another reason to trust ShoreMaster, because when it comes to satisfying in-season demand for dealers and customers, We Think Bigger.
As the weather warms up many PWC enthusiasts will be de-winterizing their PWC in preparation for the first ride of the season. Many times, these enthusiasts will install their PWC lifts prior to taking that first exhilarating ride. This is a friendly reminder that now is a good time to inspect your waterfront equipment for loose or missing components, and to really take a good look at the amount of wear on the bunks, cables, cradles, and / or guides. The best time to replace any components and serviceable parts on your boat or PWC lift, or your dock, for that matter, is before it is installed in the water for the season.
Many PWC lifts that are in service today utilize carpeted wood bunks to support the PWC on the lift. These are a great option and provide sufficient support for personal watercraft of all shapes and sizes. Over time, the carpet on any carpeted wood bunk can become worn, loose, or frayed which can create contact between the hull of the PWC and the raw wood. This is not a desirable condition and any loose, missing, or frayed carpet should be replaced or repaired to prevent potential problems. This is also a good time to inspect the wood structure of carpeted wood bunks, as wood, being a natural material, can become warped, cracked, or rotten. Before installing your PWC lift for the season, make sure to examine the carpeted wood bunks before installing the lift, and if you find any soft spots, or warping of the wood bunk material, inspect it further, even if it means removing the carpet covering, and repair or replace the bunk before using it.
If you are in the market for new bunks for your PWC lift, either because your existing carpeted wood bunks are past their useful service life and it’s time to replace them, or perhaps you’ve purchased a new PWC and want to make sure that the bunks on your PWC lift will accommodate your new purchase, you should consider ShoreMaster’s 8’ aluminum vinyl bunks for your PWC lift. ShoreMaster has used aluminum vinyl bunks for boats and pontoons for decades. ShoreMaster’s 8’ aluminum vinyl bunks for PWC lifts will save you time because it is easier, and faster to inspect the aluminum channel of the aluminum bunk than it is to inspect the wood on a wood bunk set up, and the aluminum channel will never rot like wood can. You’ll also save money in total cost of ownership with ShoreMaster’s 8’ aluminum vinyl bunks because the vinyl material is less prone to wear than carpet, and will not become loose, or torn. Put simply, vinyl covered aluminum bunks are far more durable than carpeted wood bunks. The vinyl material used on ShoreMaster’s 8’ aluminum vinyl bunks does not promote the adhesion of sand, and debris like carpet can which means your PWC will stay cleaner, longer.
Full length bunks are a better option than cradles when it comes to supporting your PWC because the weight of your personal watercraft is distributed along the full length of the bunk to prevent pressure points where your PWC’s hull contacts the bunk. When you have a choice between carpeted wood bunks, and aluminum vinyl bunks, remember that carpeted wood bunks are a great value option that will require more care, maintenance and inspection than vinyl covered aluminum bunks, and when it comes to total cost of ownership, vinyl covered aluminum bunks like ShoreMaster’s 8’ aluminum vinyl bunks are likely to be the true better value.
8’ aluminum vinyl bunks are available for ShoreMaster’s 1200 vertical and cantilever PWC lifts today, so if you are considering repairing or replacing a set of old, worn out, carpeted wood bunks, you would be smart to upgrade to ShoreMaster’s 8’ aluminum vinyl bunks. If you’re in a hurry to get that PWC on the water, but you need to repair or replace a bunk first, don’t worry, they can be shipped via UPS so you’ll be out on your PWC in no time.
ShoreMaster’s Customer Service team is now available from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM central time, Monday – Friday, and we are happily available to help you out from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays.
There’s more than one reason that ShoreMaster is the best business opportunity in the waterfront equipment industry, and it’s no coincidence that many thousands waterfront property owners consistently choose ShoreMaster brand docks, boat lifts, and accessories over any other brand. We like to think it’s because we care more than anyone else, but that’s just one of many reasons.
Who would have ever thought that a Dock and Lift Company would do so much for their customers?
There are are a lot of reasons why a predominantly welded dock or boat boat lift is superior to a predominantly bolted-together dock or boat lift. Below are 5 reasons why welded docks and boat lifts are better than bolt-together docks and boat lifts, most of them center around the reduced maintenance and superior durability of welded docks and lifts.
Less Maintenance. Why would you want to spend your first and last weekend of the summer, and at least a couple of days mid-summer checking and tightening all of the nuts and bolts on your boat lift and dock just to make sure everything was tight? We’re pretty sure you don’t. In that case, we strongly suggest that you purchase a high-quality welded boat lift or dock from ShoreMaster. ShoreMaster’s welded boat lifts and docks keep you from spending your entire summer tightening up hundreds of nuts and bolts after every storm or windy day. Welded boat lifts and docks save you time because they require less maintenance.
Welded Boat Lifts and Docks Stay as True and Square as The Day You Bought Them Because Welds do not become loose over time. A bolt together dock or boat lift will eventually become loose due to normal use, prolonged periods of heavy waves crashing into the frame, and corrosion of the hardware. If you neglect to tighten a loose bolt on your dock or boat lift, other parts of the dock or boat lift such as the cables, pulleys, winch, or other bolted on frame components can wear prematurely causing failure of not just one part but several parts at the same time. This can be costly to repair and can make it extremely difficult for you to discover the source of the failure.
Welded Docks and Lifts Can Save You Hours During Assembly. When it comes to assembling a dock, boat lift, boat lift canopy, or anything really, you’ll be glad that you choose a welded product over a bolt together product because welded products typically take far less time to assemble than a bolt together product. Consider for a moment that assembly of ShoreMaster’s canopy frame can be completed by just one person in as little as 20 minutes because the canopy frame includes just four welded components; two canopy ends and two canopy sides. Other manufacturers may have many dozens of components that you’ll need to bolt together.
Bolt Together Docks and Lifts Make It Easier To Replace Damaged Parts, But You May Be Less Likely to Need To Replace Parts With A Welded Dock or Lift. That’s right! It is easier to replace parts on a bolt together dock or lift. This seems like a benefit until you realize it is also more likely that most dock and boat lift parts can become bent and damaged simply by forgetting to tighten a loose bolt on your bolt together dock or lift. ShoreMaster’s welded docks and lifts do not require replacement of frame parts caused by unusual wear due to loose, missing, or corroded welds. The same can’t be said of bolt together docks and lifts.
Welded Docks and Lifts Offer Higher Resale Value. Because welds are permanent and require no maintenance, you may find that your welded-together dock and lift is more valuable at resale time because welds will not rust or corrode like hardware. Potential buyers will be wary of the impending costs to replace worn out or corroded hardware.
Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or are just looking for a way to escape winter for the day, the Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow is YOUR show! This annual 5-day event turns the Minneapolis Convention Center into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun— the best place to see and buy everything you need for your outdoor adventures! See and board hundreds of boats and explore the latest model RVs. Find gear and accessories for every outdoor activity imaginable, from boating, fishing and hunting to RVing, camping and more. Visit outfitters and resorts to plan your next trip or book a vacation, too. There’s really no better place to shop, compare and save!
Just for fun we thought we would share with you an interesting and perhaps slightly tongue-in-cheek infographic that shows the variations of the word dock by state or region. While it seems a dock is simply called a dock in much of the country, how about our friends on the Kentucky / Tennessee boarder, no doubt on the shores of Dale Hollow Lake, referring to a dock as “that thing where I park my houseboat”?
Some might argue that premium service is hard to find in the dock and lift industry. To that, we say that it’s likely you haven’t visited an authorized ShoreMaster dealer yet.
What Drives A ShoreMaster Dealer To Success?
There’s an underlying reason that ShoreMaster dealers are known to be among the best in the dock and lift industry. The common thread among every authorized ShoreMaster dealer is the resolute dedication to provide only the highest quality dock and lift products from a well known and trusted brand that also offers superior customer service. This common thread creates the fabric of the ShoreMaster Dealer network. It’s what drive many of our dealers to success and it’s also what they seek in a dock and lift manufacturer.
If you’ve considered adding an industry leading waterfront equipment brand to your business you can get more information by visiting our Become A Dealer Page Online.
“ShoreMaster essentially invented the floor plan program for the waterfront equipment industry back in 1985”
The best boat and marine dealerships are well versed in how dealer floor plan programs can work to help grow their business by ensuring that the dealership always has the right products in stock, and on the show floor at the right time. When managed properly, floor plan programs help marine dealerships manage their cash flow and grow their sales. ShoreMaster essentially invented the floor plan program for the waterfront equipment industry back in 1985, and today ShoreMaster continues to offer extremely competitive, and perhaps the only floor plan programs in the industry. ShoreMaster’s floor plan programs help our dealers grow their business, manage their cash flow, and make it extremely easy to have the right product mix on the showroom floor at the right time. ShoreMaster offers multiple discount structures and payment terms so that dealers can match their business needs with the right ShoreMaster dealer program.
ShoreMaster Customer Service Is Regarded As Industry Best
“Providing a premium experience for our dealers and consumers is critical to the success of ShoreMaster and its dealer network and is one of the reasons that we invest so heavily in both the human and technological aspects of customer service.”
To some dock and lift manufacturers, an investment in customer service means adding a part-time, temporary employee for a couple of months, in-season, to handle the increased call volume of their potentially unsatisfied customers. ShoreMaster, on the other hand, has consistently invested in both the human aspect, and the technological aspects of customer service through the retention of long-time employees in customer service, sales, and operations, and by implementing technological upgrades in telephony, software, and business intelligence. ShoreMaster’s investments in the human aspects of customer service mean that ShoreMaster’s dealers benefit from close contact with industry veterans within ShoreMaster’s call center. ShoreMaster’s investments in the technological aspects of customer service now allow a ShoreMaster Customer Service Agent to literally bring together a consumer prospect, and a local dealer to find the best ShoreMaster product for the consumer’s needs. This simple, yet sophisticated process improves the consumer experience with the ShoreMaster brand, and leads to more sales for ShoreMaster’s dealers. Not many dock and lift manufacturers have the capability, or the desire to be such an integral part of their dealer network’s success as ShoreMaster does. ShoreMaster is also in the process of further expanding its call center hours to further bolster services to its nationwide dealer network, and truly set the customer service expectations for the rest of the waterfront equipment industry. ShoreMaster’s expanded call center hours, ensure that a veteran call center staff member is available to assist our dealers from 7am to 6pm central time, Monday through Friday, and from 8am to 3pm on Saturdays, during the busy months of spring and summer. The additional Saturday coverage is to ensure that ShoreMaster dealers have access to a ShoreMaster representative on Saturday’s; a day in which nearly every ShoreMaster dealer remains open during the busy summer months. Providing a premium experience for our dealers and consumers is critical to the success of ShoreMaster and its dealer network and is one of the reasons that we invest so heavily in both the human and technological aspects of customer service. It’s no coincidence that customer service scores are incredibly high across all of the top 100 Marine Dealerships year after year, marine customers expect a high level of customer service from premium dealerships, and ShoreMaster fits that expectation very well. The addition of the ShoreMaster brand, and the high level of customer service that ShoreMaster provides to its dealers and it’s end users make ShoreMaster a perfect fit for premium marine dealerships looking to improve their bottom line and grow their business without sacrificing a high level of service by partnering with a dock and lift company other than ShoreMaster.
ShoreMaster Provides High Level Dealer Training
ShoreMaster offers the highest level of training in the waterfront equipment industry. Every year, ShoreMaster brings its dealers together for a comprehensive ShoreMaster University (or SMU for short) for an unparalleled level of training on everything from the best dock and lift sales practices, to distributor prospecting methods, to side-by-side competitive product comparisons, dealer awards, factory tours, and more. ShoreMaster is one of very few dock and lift companies that invest so heavily in the success of its dealer network. Then again, there are very few dock and lift companies that are as loyal to their dealer network as ShoreMaster. ShoreMaster helps to grow each dealer and distributor in its dealer network by offering unmatched, relevant and insightful training that positions each dealer for growth in the areas that they serve.
ShoreMaster Offers Only The Highest Quality Products
“Premium boat dealerships do not need to compromise on the positioning of their own brand to add revenue through the sales of docks, boat lifts”
ShoreMaster’s sales team is prepared to help you manage your dealership’s growth potential by sitting down with you to understand your business, your customers, your market, and your personal goals in both the short-term and the long-term. No other dock and lift manufacturer provides such quick and easy access to their customer service and sales team than ShoreMaster. Take one look at any other dock and lift brand and compare the difference in the accessibility of their sales and customer service team, and you’ll quickly see the ShoreMaster difference. We make it incredibly easy for you to find and contact our sales and customer service representatives, and they’ll make it easy for you to schedule an appointment with them so they can find out what your business is all about. If you determine that ShoreMaster fits within your dealership’s growth plans, we make it incredibly easy to understand our dealer and distributor programs, co-op marketing plans, place your first order, and more. Then, we’ll continue to follow up with you as you gain confidence and grow your business. In short, the ShoreMaster process that steps you through becoming a dealer is more informative and exploratory as you move through each step, and you’ll never feel rushed or pushed into becoming a dealer. We seek out partnerships that will be mutually beneficial in the long-term and we value quality over quantity, because our customers expect it from us. You’ll appreciate our consultative approach to selling as your business begins to grow and expand, and you’ll really like our industry best approach to dealer programs, customer service, training, and quality products.
Please feel free to schedule an appointment at any time with one of our Territory Sales Managers if you would like more information on whether or not your market, or your business, could benefit from the growth potential of becoming a ShoreMaster dealer or distributor. You can also fill out our contact form on the Become A ShoreMaster Dealer page.