Thursday, December 20, 2007

Malibu Winterizing

We haven't had a hard freeze yet in Central Texas, but it's coming. We've had a ton of customers who have been very proactive and gotten their Malibu's in BEFORE the weathermen around here go crazy with the coming apocalypse of freezing temps.

We have also been helping customers over the phone with a do-it-yourself quick winterization. Doing one of these on a Malibu Wakesetter, V Ride or Sunscape is pretty easy. The most important thing is to get the water out of the engine block, exhaust manifolds and the internal circulating water pump. If not, this water may freeze if the temps drop into the low 20's for a prolonged period of time. When the water freezes, it expands and can crack the engine block or the manifolds. Big $$$.

If your season is over, bring your Malibu in and we will do the above, along with change your oil and stabilize the fuel. If your going to try to go all season, drain your block and manifolds!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Boat Show-Promotional Teams

Even though is over one month away, we are deep into our planning for the 2008 Austin Boat Show at the Austin Convention Center in downtown, ATX.

Plans are coming together to have about 20 Malibu boats in our 12,000 sq. ft. space. We are doing a few things different this year. We wanted to show the boating community how popular Malibu Boats areUniversity-San M with clubs, teams, etc. So this year we will showcase our Malibu/CTWS Promo Teams. The Water Ski Teams from the University of Texas-Austin and Texas State University-San Marcos will be there with their Response LXi's. To represent the wakeboarders, the Wakesetter VLX will be on site as well. These boats are used to pull tournaments, photo shoots, and all types of competition and promotional events.

No question, Malibu is the boat of choice for teams and clubs in Central Texas!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

V Ride

We are selling one of our last V Rides today. After this one we will have two 2007's left and one new 2008.

The V Ride leaving today is Rueben (dark red) with back accents. The other 2007 V Rides are yellow/black and dark blue/yellow. The 2008 V Ride is dark blue and black. I ordered one more 2008 V Ride the other day. It is vapor blue and black.

The customer wants to take a test ride before they sign. No problem, but it is about 47 degrees and VERY windy. They are trading up to a MALIBU from a Tracker pontoon boat. Talk about Movin on up!!!

I wish all customers were so insistant on riding before they buy. We'd hardly ever lose a sale if they drive our boats.

One of our competitors (Texas Ski Ranch-MasterCraft) had a 1/4 page ad in the Sports section of the Austin paper today. The are trying to blow out their 2007's. I hardly have any left. They have to sell at least 2 just to pay for that ad!!!

Wakesetters rule!!! Rob

Friday, December 14, 2007

New Malibu 23 Wakesetter

We got in a load of new Malibu Wakesetters yesterday. One was a new 2008 23 LSV Wakesetter. It's a little different than the ones we normally order.

Normally we do not do colored trailers and colored Illusion towers, but this boat will be on
display at the 2008 Austin Boat Show, so I wanted to make it a little special.

It is the Standard Classic color scheme with red hull and deck main panels and these are surrounded with small driftwood tan pinstripes. It will have a matching red Illusion XS tower and a matching red Extreme tandem axle trailer. It pretty sweet on the outside.
Then you get a look inside and it is even better. The tan carpet looks great and the interior is really just so comfortable looking. This boat will go quick.

Since then we have gotten a little bolder with the colored Illusion X and Illusion XS towers. We have a few more Wakesetter 23 and Wakesetter VLX with colored towers and trailers coming in over the next couple of months.

Keep checking the website. We'll have all our Wakesetter ans Sunscape inventory up with pictures before Christmas, hopefully.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The offseason is staying busy.

I'm just finishing my boat orders for next month. Twelve boats ordered and ready to be built. It's tough figureing out what models to order, even harder to decide the colors. You have to forget about what you like and concentrate on what other people like and what sells. There are just going to be boats that turn some people off and others that get people juiced up.

We are doing inventory in our Parts Department now, too. We waited too long to do this. The longer you put it off, the worse the problems get. But it has to be done before the end of the year, so no way to postpone any more.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Today is picture day at CTWS. We're putting some of our coolest looking boats lined up in front of our store for some new website pictures.

Our showroom is pretty full, so we'll take some pix in there, too.

They'll be up soon, so take a look!