Big Thunder Marine’s Doors Open, Service Shop Keeping Busy
Big Thunder Marine is open for business and keeping busy during these challenging times—while carefully following CDC guidelines and state-mandated rules.
The dealer of Fountain, Donzi, and Baja powerboating lines reports that its doors are open, and mechanics are keeping busy. In an open letter to the public, Big Thunder Marine general manager Jeremy Anderson said, “Service is busy de-winterizing boats for the upcoming season, and the schedule is filling quicker than usual! You can text service directly at 573-964-3450.”
In addition, Big Thunder has enhanced its online presence, and sales of Fountain, Donzi and Baja clothing has been spiking through the Internet at the following links:
“We have a great selection of boats in stock, and have been doing FaceTime videos, walk arounds, and been taking more specific photos for boat customers,” Anderson says. “All of our at-risk team members are working from home. We are practicing social distancing with both team members and clients—we aren’t allowing more than 10 people in the showrooms at any one time, and none in the shops. We have installed wall-mounted hand sanitizers at all building entrances, we’ve increased our building cleanings to twice a week, and we have some pretty potent wipes that are being used twice a day on all high-touch areas such as door handles, counters, and bathrooms.”
Big Thunder Marine is is fully committed to keeping all of its team members on staff and making sure they are paid during this time. During the past week, they’ve closed seven boat deals, delivered many previously closed boats, and sales in the pro shop are reportedly on the upswing.
“Phones ring daily with people wanting to de-winterize their boats to have them ready for the warm weather just around the corner,” Anderson continues. “Now, more than ever, boating continues to be a way to escape with friends and family as a get away from the stress of life. I truly believe that what’s happening in the world today will bring families closer together and when this is all behind us, we will end up having a huge year with many new people getting into boating, and many who have stopped because their lives became too ‘busy’ finding the time for what has given them some of their greatest memories. Our clients are looking to us to make sure they can escape from it all here at the lake.”