Alliance: Have you ever been to Santa Claus, IN? Have you ever seen any “elves” or evidence of a “workshop”?
Dry Dock Marine Center: No, we have never been to Santa Claus, IN. However, Captain Terry Archbold (owner/founder) has his own kind of workshop that is currently working on a 1959 Owens Cabin Cruiser (Chicago Girl), 1956 17’ Chris Craft, and a 1947 17’ Chris Craft. I have a feeling that the handful of guys that work for our Restoration Department would not like to be called elves.
A: This isn’t your first year in business. When did Dry Dock Marine open its doors?
DDMC: We opened our doors 26 years ago. In 1987, Dry Dock was a 3,200 square ft. showroom and carried Baja and Mercury. Now in 2013 we have expanded to over 32,000 square ft. spread out over 15 acres, which includes a fiberglass and wood restoration department, a service center that can accommodate up 16 boats at one time, a fully stocked pro shop, 71 dock slip rentals, six storage buildings and more than 20 full and part time employees.
A: You have a slogan, “Your Ultimate Family Boating Center.” What’s the meaning behind it?
DDMC: We are your ultimate family boating center; we carry inboards, outboards, pontoons, wakeboards, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and so much more. If you want something for your boat or something to complete your family vacation, more than likely you’ll find it on our shelves. If not, we can have it in your hands in a day or two. To us a boat is the best place to spend quality time with your family. We have a great sales staff; Cyndi Fremion, Chris Patton, Zach Lear, and Chris Archbold spend as much time on the water using the products and living the lake lifestyle as they can, so when they tell you about a product it’s believable because they are experienced water enthusiasts. Our service department is also certified, trained and time tested, so if your boat has midseason problems our quality service team has your back, Jack!
A: Your dealership has a high standard in boat lines. Which boats do you carry and how did they end up on your showroom floor?
DDMC: We carry Nautique and Moomba wakeboard boats, Harris Flotebote, Bennington Pontoons, and Chaparral Boats. We feel that Nautique sets the standard in performance and quality in wake boats and that Moomba provides a “no worries” experience with characteristics like value, performance and reliability. As for pontoons Harris FloteBote and Bennington are high end, well built and again the best products in their class and the same goes for Chaparral Boats. We are not K-Mart, we want to sell the best products on the market, so we made sure to pick up the best in class and provide our customer with first class treatment.
A: Boats aren’t your only focus. You have a pro shop as well. Which brands find room in your pro shop?
DDMC: We are constantly looking to grow our pro shop, but for now we carry Liquid Force, Slingshot, Straight Line, GoPro, Oakley, ATX, Hobie SUP and Hobie Kayaks, EMAD Skateboards, and we are one of Land ‘N’ Seas’ largest accessory dealers in the Midwest.
A: You claim to have 101 lakes in your county. Which lake is close to home?
DDMC: Crooked Lake is a stone’s throw away, but we consider Lake James our home. We have 71 dock rental slips and four acres of land right on the water that we host multiple events at, including an antique boat show, demo days and a car show. We reserve six dock slips for the public to access the several restaurants that are located within walking distance. We service all lakes in Steuben, Lagrange, and Noble counties in Indiana and Branch County in Michigan.
A: What about local support? Does the dealership sponsor any local wakeboarders?
DDMC: We sponsor Thomas Herman, a 10-year-old shredder that took 2nd at Wake Games, 2nd at WWA Nationals, 2nd at WWA Worlds and 1st on the Gravel Tour in 2012. There are a lot of people that wakeboard, surf and ski in our area. Most of them will never compete in a contest of any kind, so we are focused more on providing family friendly events for people to learn how to wakeboard and wakesurf. We are very involved with the Tri-State INT and we also help with a handful of wake related fundraisers that gear around raising money for different causes and promote the sports we love. This summer we plan on doing Girls Only Wake Sessions, a wakeboard camp with Chris Laske, demos and lessons with Adam Wensink (Nautique Rider/Rep), as well as clinics with Trevor Hansen.
A: Where do you see the dealership in the next 10 years?
DDMC: We have some big plans for the future of this Marina. There are a few things we ask our staff regularly – Are we working as efficiently as we can? Are we meeting customers’ needs and wants? What can we do today that will make us better tomorrow? So to answer your question, like us on Facebook @DRYDOCKMARINECENTER and we will let you know!
A: What’s the deal with Indy 500 winners dumping milk all over themselves? Do you guys do that every time you sell a boat?
DDMC: If you must know about the milk here you go… “The American Dairy Association of Indiana is proud of its long relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The traditional Victory Lane Bottle of Milk presentation represents a 70 year history between the dairy industry and the 500-mile race. The bottle of milk presented to the winner of the Indianapolis 500 mile race has been a traditional part of the victory lane ceremony for over half a century.” We on the other hand carry a line of Custom Shot Ski’s. You’ll have to ask one of the salesmen what’s in their shot.
Dry Dock Marine Center
2195 W 175 N
Angola, IN 46703