Big Thunder Marine, the mega marine retailer and full-service marina serving boaters on Lake Ozark, MO, is sending out positive vibes to the industry, and says it’s doing upbeat business during these challenging times.
“We’re open, and we’re doing really well,” says general manager Jeremy Anderson. “We’ve sold three new Fountains, including three of the new 34 and 38 Sport Consoles. And we are just about to deliver the one that sold at the Miami Boat Show, which is going down to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands next week.”
In addition, he says the crew has been on the water doing a video shoot of some of the new models they’re selling this year. “We’re taking drone footage of a Fountain 39 NX, Statement 35 and a Chris-Craft 34 Catalina. So we’re able to shoot video and practice social distancing at the same time.”
The dealership is adhering carefully to CDC guidelines and state-mandated rules. “We’re taking precautions,” Anderson says. “The showroom is open by appointment only. We are doing a lot of extra cleanings. Some of our employees are working from home, and everybody at the shop stays away from each other. We became proactive about all this from the beginning. We haven’t had anybody get sick. We’ve been very fortunate.”
Beyond that, Big Thunder Marine has been using this time to get some projects done, including the launching of our new website. “We’re doing very well. March was slow, but now that it’s warm and sunny at the lake, there are boats everywhere.”
Whether the staff is helping customers today or getting them prepared for the future, “We tell them, We’re ready when you’re ready,” Anderson says. “All of our inventory is online, so people can browse our website and check out our videos and online walk-throughs. When the summer hits, we’ll be ready for everyone to come back out to the lake and go boating.”