EFFINGHAM – As the first signs of spring begin to appear across Effingham, the Sara Marina Lake Boat Show offered people in the Village Square shopping center last weekend a chance to boost their enjoyment of the warm weather to come s’ fun in the sun.
Dozens of boats and engines were displayed to the public, who got a first-hand look at all the latest boating technology.
Many companies brought sales reps who could show them around and get them used to their new boat before heading to Lake Sara or one of the other water bodies in the area.
Over the years the event continues to grow in popularity, with Lake Sara Marina General Manager/Owner Howard Janis noting that 2021 has been one of the best years for the show and that 2022 is going strong. is shaping up to be another solid year.
“We had our best year last year,” Janis said. “This year, we are off to a good start. We sold 38 (boats) before the start of the show.
The show is a great way for Janis and her staff to show off everything the store has to offer, with nine different boat brands, five different engine brands, accessories for everything from water skiing to wakeboarding and even new appliances. Garmin electronics recently added to the store. It’s all designed to promote good family fun wherever you want to take your boat.
“It’s good family entertainment,” Janis said. “(It’s) keeping everyone together, keeping your family on the water. Anything you can do to keep your family together is a good thing.
The show’s success is impressive given that supply chain issues affecting just about every sector of the economy have reduced the number of boats available for purchase in the showroom year-round. Janis said he had big problems getting everything the store sells, with wait times for stock to arrive ranging from eight weeks to even a full year.
“My problem is getting products,” Janis said. “It’s just very difficult to get speedboats, boats, engines and parts, like everyone else. We have sold a lot of things that we have here at the show and replacing them is very difficult. You only have a certain season to bring your boats here and sell them.
Even with these issues, they made up for it by supplementing their many new boats with used boats lining the halls of the Village Square Mall. Even with 12 fewer boats in the showroom, Janis is happy that people are buying what they have and have been able to fill the store with what they need.
“You do what you can,” Janis said. “You sell boats on consignment (and) we sell used boats. I have six full-time mechanics, so we keep those guys busy in the back. We just hope that we will have products to sell throughout the year. »