The Boats Are Back...

If Spring Fever has you dreaming of getting back onto our recently unfrozen lake – you are not alone.

Schroon Lake Marina co-owner Craig Kennedy is already receiving calls for docks to be installed, a stark contrast from this time last year when the lake was still frozen. Then there was that delay to the start of the boating season because of record flooding that had the Marina underwater.

“Last Spring was a worst case scenario with the floods. Today, I have the guys outside in shorts and t-shirts,” Craig told us when we caught up with him last Friday afternoon.

Craig and his crew were getting ready for this weekend’s annual Great Upstate Boat Show at the Adirondacks Sports Complex. It will be the Marina’s 6th appearance at the show.

“This is great exposure for us. We are located at a small pond north of a big lake and there is a huge population that loves boating.

“We are different from other Marinas. We are laid back and not high pressure.”

And Craig knows what he is talking about -- as a former professional wake-boarder, he knows boats and gear. He also teaches others how to board and ski at his Inverted Wakeboard and Waterski School located in Loon Lake. 

At this year's show Schroon Lake Marina will have four pontoon boats, and several models of Supras with towers, fishing boats and runabouts.

"One of the highlights for us is we have an  Evinrude E-Tech engine that you can try out in a test tank," Craig said.

The Marina will also have a dock display as well as selling wakeboards and accessories.

Craig and his crew will spend the early part of this week trailering boats to the show and setting up. He and six other staffers will be working the three day show when it opens on Friday.

The Great Upstate Boat Show. 326 Sherman Ave, Queensbury, NY, & minutes from Exit 18 on the Northway.