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200,000 Boats – That’s A Lot!

Jul 21, 2009

Celebrating with Barry Bone and the Sail & Ski Team

Bob Fortin's sons inside his 1970 Correct Craft Separator

Over 84 years you can build a lot of boats. So, at Nautique we were excited to recently celebrate the 200,000th boat we produced!

The lucky owner of the 200,000th boat, an all-new 2010 Crossover Nautique 226, is Barry Bone of Austin, Texas. His local dealer, Sail & Ski, threw a party to help us celebrate the event. People from the Austin area joined us for a great evening. Congratulations Barry; we know you will love your boat!

Whenever I attend a Nautique event like this one I am always struck by the many people who come to tell me about, and show me pictures of, their boats. This event at Sail & Ski was no different with people bringing me pictures and beaming with pride as they told me their Nautique stories. Many times the story includes something about meeting Ralph Meloon, son of our founder, who is still showing up for work every day at 91!

One Nautique customer, Bob Fortin, who was there with his sons Matthew and Andy, is the owner of a 1970 Correct Craft Separator. Bob brought in a picture of his Separator to show me and I thought it was particularly interesting that, as we were celebrating our 200,000th boat, we were also celebrating how well our boats are built and how long they stay on the water. If you’re interested, a picture of Bob’s boat is to the right. (ALSO – I could tell that Bob’s son, Matthew, really wanted to win some of the SeaWorld tickets we were giving away and I was really rooting for him – I was disappointed he didn’t win but we found a couple more tickets, Matthew; so, when you read this Matthew, call Sail & Ski and ask them for a couple SeaWorld tickets – have fun!)

Finally, I knew Sail & Ski was a top dealer, but it was amazing to hear their customers rave about them. If you live in the Austin, San Antonio or Lakeway area you need to visit Sail & Ski; they will take incredible care of you – if you don’t believe me just ask one of their thousands of satisfied customers.

At Nautique we have a reputation for building the world’s best boats and providing unparalleled customer service. We know this reputation is a result of taking care of 200,000 customers in a way that no one else can. If you haven’t experienced the Nautique difference we encourage you to check out a Nautique dealer near you and learn what 200,000 customers before you have learned – once you join the Nautique family you won’t ever want to leave!

Enjoy the Nautique life!