Minneapolis Boat Show - January 11th - January 14th.

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Join us at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 11th - January 14th for the Minneapolis Boat Show.  As always we will have a host of Factory Representatives, and all of the new products from MasterCraft (XStar, X 23, XT 20, XT 21, XT 22, XT 23, XT 25, NXT 20 and NXT 22), Moomba (Craz, Max, and Mojo Pro) and Supra (SL and SE).

Come and meet Bob Soven, Eric Ruck and other pro riders as well as factory reps from all of the top wakesurf, water ski, and wakeboard brands in the industry.

If you are thinking of a new boat or accessories, do yourself a favor and come see us at the show for the seasons best deals.

Dates & Hours

Thursday January 11th  2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday  January 12th  12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  January 13th  10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday  January 14th  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Take Control In Tight Spots

MasterCraft Offers Dockstar a Revolutionary Steering Control

MasterCraft's new DockStar Handling System gives drivers of any ability a boost of confidence by making tight spots like docks and marinas easier to navigate. This is done by adding two smaller rudders in front of the prop to assist in maneuvering. 

This system works great on every model. Even when you have a boat with your crew of riders and full ballast enjoy the ease of full steering control while in reverse. 

How Many Hours are Too Many On A Used Inboard Boat?

When it comes to used Inboard boats (like MasterCraft, Supra, Or Moomba) after price, the second most common questions is, "How Many Hours are Too Many On A Used Inboard Boat?"  Most people are surprised at the answer to that question.

Buyers are probably much more comfortable answering the question, "how many miles are too many on a used vehicle?"  The final answer of this question will vary with experience and budget as will the ultimate answer to the same question on a boat.  We all have more automotive experience to draw our opinions from so lets start there.

It is safe to say most people will feel that a used vehicle with 60,000 miles has a lot of life left in it.  It is very common for vehicles to go double and triple that distance.  How about a 1000 hours on a boat?  Most people we talk to think that 1000 hour boat is something to be avoided.

What we need to do is find a common link from the auto to the marine world and the easiest way to do this is by using oil change intervals.  A 60,000 mile vehicle having its oil changed every 3,000 miles will have had 20 oil changes.

Most marine engine manufacturers recommend an oil change every 50 hours.  Our 1000 hour boat serviced every 50 hours would have had the same 20 oil changes.  Similar levels of wear can be assumed in this example.

Some newer vehicles have an engine hour meter.  Here is a picture of the hour meter on one of our shop vehicles.


Notice that this truck 26,132 miles which virtually everyone will agree is not "Too Many" but has 793.6 hours which is a number many boat buyers would seek to avoid!

It is not bad to have less hours but given the choice between a used higher boat in amazing condition with a strong service record and a lower hour boat with questionable service history and/or condition issues, we would recommend the higher boat every time.

Boat owners have drastically varied use patterns.  If you are like many users that put 50-75 hours per summer it will be virtually impossible to "wear out" a boat unless it is not cared for properly.

We purchased boats from MasterCraft that had been used at Cypress Gardens in Florida that had over 7000 hours on the original engine and they were still pulling ski shows every day!

The intention of this article its to help educate people to not rule out some good used boat options before they do a bit of research.  Engine hours on a boat are not as bad as many buyers assume!

Fall 2018 Test Drive Event

Join us at 6Smith in Wayzata Saturday September 30th from 10am to 4pm to check out new boats from MasterCraft, Supra, and Moomba.  Give us a call with questions @ 763-533-9666.

Come experience Gen2, the new 2018 Dual Screen Dash, and MasterCraft DockStar.  You can also see all of the new features in a 2018 Moomba Pro! 

If you are looking to drive a specific boat please call in advance.  See you at 6Smith!

New Minnetonka Location!

New Midwest Water Sports Location @ 17717 Hwy 7 in Minnetonka.  Opening Spring of 2018.

New Midwest Water Sports Location @ 17717 Hwy 7 in Minnetonka.  Opening Spring of 2018.

We have outgrown our Victoria location and are making a move closer to Lake Minnetonka for the Spring of 2018.  Our new location will be located at 17717 Hwy 7 in Minnetonka, will cover 13,232 square feet over two levels, and will have the same great selection of boats and water sports gear that customers of our Crystal location have come to expect.  Plan to see 12- 14 boats on display indoor year round.  With all of that room, also expect the world class selection of water skis, wakeboards, wake surf boards, wet suits, and life jackets that our Crystal location is famous for as well. 

Get ready for a heck of a grand opening party.  Construction starts this fall so stay tuned for more details! 

We will only be at our Victoria location after 11/25 by appointment as we prepare for the new location.

Our Crystal location will continue as normal during (and after) we make the transition to the new Minnetonka location.