One Heck of A Ride. Rico’s Story

In the past year I have had the pleasure and privilege of being able to meet our customers, get to know them, and welcome them in to my network of friends. I have always been someone that can meet a total stranger and walk away as friends. While getting to know people, I am usually the one asking questions but I rarely open up about myself. Today seems like a good day to turn the tables and give you an inside look of who I am, where I come from, and the journey that has led me to where I am today.

It all starts with my parents. I am very lucky to have a mom and dad that have always supported any decision that I’ve made. My parents have helped guide me through each and every decision with wisdom, knowledge, and love, even if they didn’t agree with them in the first place.  One of the hardest things that I have ever had to do was leave home in 8th grade to attend a high school in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  I have not lived at home since that day.

IMG_2187 Processed with MoldivWhile attending St. Stanislaus College Prep, I was a boarder, meaning that I lived on the campus. While juggling baseball, soccer, and football, I met Dillon Shiyou, Scott Zimmerman, and Josh Chrisman, who on weekends would invite me to their houses to get me off campus.

Summer 2005 was spent on the water behind Dillon’s Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV and Scott’s 21 VLX. Looking back, these three guys were the reason that my passion for wakeboarding ever even started. The summer ended and we were back in school learning away. On Friday August 26th we were informed at the dorms that there was a storm in the gulf of mexico, and the school staff encouraged all the boarders that lived closed by to go home for the weekend. The rest of the students that lived far away, including myself, would pack a bag, grab a mattress and head to the main school building as a precaution. Being that the school was on the waters edge, we had gone through this drill often and didn’t think much of it. On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall taking everything I knew with it. (for that story click this link to my moms blog and click the translate button. http://chefmaca.com/huracan-katrina-empanadas-con-mision/)  I decided to continue my studies at St. Stanislaus and be a part of the rebuilding process. The following year I was injured during a soccer match that would put me on the sidelines the rest of the season and at the same time I saw my scholarships vanish. After a tough rebuilding process, I graduated from St. Stanislaus and headed up north to Mississippi State University where I would start my long, yet very exciting collegiate career.183503_1002322660062_4150_n184311_1002322740064_4237_n As a freshman, many students do not know exactly what they want to focus their studies on.  I was no exception, I had no clue what i wanted to study. All I knew is that I was enjoying the college life with my best friend Josh Cameron who I had been roommates with since 8th grade. After two years in school, a not so great GPA, and still no decision on what I wanted to do, I knew it was time to find a way to get motivated, re-energized and focused. That summer, the idea of starting a wakeboard team kept popping in my mind. I knew that wakeboarding could be a great way to manage the stress that school can bring on students. In 2012 the team was formed, what happened next, no one ever expected. 1265129_10152172231688066_751466747_o In the teams initial year, not only did the team find success and even made it to the national championships, but my grades made huge jump as well. I was making myself finish all the school work I had before being able to take the boat out with the team, or meet up with friends at the lake. Since I have such a deep love for the water, the school work got done in no time and I was out the door headed to the lake. The team became a family, and we even adopted Mrs. Kim Erickson as our official team mom, or you might say she adopted us.37061_2776063962618_305719803_nFor me, Wakeboarding is not just a sport. I found a happy place in wakeboarding where I could clear my mind in a way that the only thing that mattered at the moment was my board cutting through the water. No matter how stressed, angry, sad, or worried I was, I always felt free behind a boat. There was always a new trick that I wanted to learn, and I would keep getting up after every fall to achieve it. There is a sense of accomplishment when you land a trick that you have been working on for some time, that no matter what you do in life.  The day of or the day after you land that trick, you will do that job even better. Wakeboarding made me a better student, a better teacher, gave me more patience, and gave me a much needed family and support group that I hadn’t had in my life apart from my parents and sisters.1497671_10100345616568529_1260035216_n After graduating I knew that I wanted to be doing something that would make me happy no matter what was going on in my life outside of work. When approached about a possible job at Memphis Boat Center, I knew that it was something I had to do. Boats bring peace to me, they drive me, and they play the most important role in making incredible memories. A boat helped me overcome anger and sadness from losing everything I knew and scholarships I dreamed of. If it wasn’t for boats, I don’t know what path my life would have taken, all I know is that I would not have met the people that I hold close to my heart. I would not have had the chance to start a team and family at MSU, that was able to put me back on track with my studies. A boat is not just a toy, its not just a luxury, instead for me, it a part of life and the most important tool that I have to be who I am.

What does a boat mean to you?

For more background stories on Enrique check out the following links. (you might have to use the translator on some)

Finding a passion after injury- http://chefmaca.com/feliz-cumpleanos-enrique/

Mississippi State Student Highlight- http://www.msstate.edu/web/people/detail.php?id=262

The top 5 Riding Essentials for 2015

Here at Memphis Boat Center, we love water sports just as much as you do. Every year new gear comes out from top companies such as Hyperlite, Slingshot, Byerly and HO Skis. These companies promise all new features and comfort behind the boat or at the cable park, but is it worth upgrading from your current set up? We usually have our guys demo the boards to get a feel for the riding style and rider ability that each board is intended for, so that we can better match our customers to their perfect set up.  There has been a lot of change to the line ups this year, but here is our top 5 list of what we are most excited about for 2015 and what we think are the boards and tubes you should add to your arsenal this year!

 

wakesurfers-hi-fi-561-big1. Hyperlite Hi-Fi Surfboard: Noah Flegel’s signature model for 2015 looks as good as Noah does riding behind the boat. We have been waiting quite some time for Hyperlite to release a premier skim-style surfer to the wakesurf market.  We believe they knocked it out of the park with this awesome board. Some of the features this board offers include: Dura-Shell Construction, 360 ABS Sidewall, Carbon Composite Construction, EPS core, Traction pad, and much more. This board is set to take you to the highest level in wakesurfing, so come on by and get your hands on one today.

gear-buck-541-big2. Byerly Buck Wakeboard: Who Doesn’t love HUGE pop? A whole new shape for the Byerly line up in 2015, this board delivers explosive pop off the wake. The fiberglass rope construction creates twice the strength of a traditional wakeboard layup allowing this series to be thinner yet stronger. This board is going to be a board that will keep you smiling the whole time you are on it, but at the same time scaring you a bit with its enormous pop of the wake.

tubes-sunset-313.  HO Sports Softshell Tube Technology: One of our biggest pet peeves while riding tubes was the rash that you would get from the rough sections of the tube. Thanks to HO’s Softshell Technology, those day are long gone! Softshell Technology covers 100% of the tubes for a soft feel that wont leave your skin irritated even if you ride all day. The revolutionary Softshell Technology makes HO tubes the best on the market! We suggest everyone gets theirs hands on one of these!

nomad_web_icon4. Slingshot Nomad WakeboardNew for 2015, Slingshot announced a new product category that re-engages legacy participants in the sport of wakeboarding. The Nomad is being advertised as longboarding behind the boat. With its big sweet spot and increased surface area you can expect some of the following benefits: Increased stability, massive pop, softer landings, effortless water starts, and also the ability to cruise at lower speeds. The Nomad is the board that will make you feel young again and light the passion for wakeboarding that some may have lost over the years. Some side effects such as happy knees and stylish grabs were experienced by riders over the age of 25.

2015-slingshot-buepill-wakeboard-015. Slingshot Blue Pill WakeboardTrue to its name, this is Slingshots Stiffest board in it’s line up. Boat riders have been asking for a fast and aggressive board from Slingshot, and Slingshot delivered with the Blue Pill. The board has an aggressive 3-Stage Rocker that is ideal for riders that like to go huge off the wake, while carrying a lot of speed to take them out into the flats. Match this board with the new R.A.D boots and you will have one of the best looking set ups out there.

wakeboards-baseline1-bigBonus. Hyperlite Baseline: This user friendly shape is easy to ride, forgiving, and fun. Shaun says it has “laughing pop” because when you pop off the wake you always find yourself laughing. This board will help riders build a better foundation and will also grow with riders as they progress their skills. Take it from the pros, this is the best board to have if you want to become a better rider.

The First Ever Stern Drive Wakesurfing Boat!

Wake Surfing is a fast growing sport due to its friendliness for anyone at any age to enjoy surfing behind the boat. The Sport is popular for hundreds of reasons and is known to be safer and have less impact to your knees and body compared to wakeboarding.

In the past few years inboard boat companies have released surf technologies to make the sport bigger, better, and easier to achieve. Technologies such as Malibu Boat’s Surf-Gate that allows riders to completely customize the surf wake to their specifications. The only problem was, that all this push for wake surfing was focused in the inboard market and people who prefer bow-riders and stern drives were left without being able to surf. In the past we have always suggested that people do not surf behind an inboard/outboard stern drive boat due to the proximity the rider was to the propeller while surfing. This created a danger for riders behind stern drive boats.

Bryant Boats took it upon themselves to change the stern drive market for ever and releasing the all new 2015 233x Watersports edition bow-rider. This is the first ever stern drive boat that you can safely surf behind, and will change the industry for ever. By engineering the all new sport porch for the 233x, Bryant is able to keep surfers at a safe distance from the prop as well as creating an easy way for riders to get in and out of the water. Bryant has revolutionized the stern drive industry and has created a way to safely enjoy watersports behind stern drive boats without sacrificing the benefits of an I/O engine

The Bryant Watersports package includes: Speed control, trim tabs, plug and play ballast, underwater lighting, and many more features you have to see to believe!

Check out the video for yourself and become a believer in Bryant Boats

Not just a boat, A Bryant.

Memphis Boat Center’s Boat Of The Month!

Make: Malibu Boats              

Model: 2014 21 VLX               

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Purpose: Watersports and Family Fun

Max People: 13 People

Fuel Capasity: 48 Gallons

Our Comments: We love this family friendly machine. It is willing to tackle anything that you put it through. People usually have to decide if they want to buy a boat that creates a huge wakeboard wake, or a boat the creates an awesome slalom wake. Little do people know that it is possible to have both and then some with this boat. The 21 VLX allows you to have the most fun on the water no matter what sport you are into. One moment you can fill all the ballasts and plug and plays so you can go big on a wakeboard, the next you can drop the speed and engage Surf Gate and surf on either sides by just the touch of a button. Furthermore, you can drain the tanks and crank the speed to 30 mph and tear down the slalom course. The VLX is one of the best driving Malibus and also offers tons of room for you and 12 of your closest friends. Come in today and see why our 21 VLX is the perfect boat for you and your family! It is by far the best “Bang for your Buck” in this industry!

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Start Off The Right Way

Boating season is in full swing and everyone that we talk to is having such a great time out on the lake with their friends and family! One of the greatest parts about boating is your unlimited options of waters sports that you can learn behind a boat. Some of these options include: Two ski’s, Slalom Skiing, Trick Skiing, Ski Jumping, Wakeboarding, Wakeskating, Wakesurfing, Kneeboarding, Tubing, and many more!

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For many of our customers, trying water sports for the first time can be a little confusing or intimidating, but don’t worry, we are here to help!

The following are some suggestions that we would like you to try next time you are in the water learning a new sport!

-Wear A Life Jacket!: No mater what sport you are trying for the first time, make sure that you always wear a Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket. Life Jackets are designed to keep you afloat no matter the circumstance.

-Establish if you are a Regular or Goofy rider: For wakeboarding, you always want to make sure that you have the right riding stance before starting in order to make it easier on yourself. There is a quick easy way that you can find out what stance you are. While standing up straight with your feet together looking straight ahead, have some one gently push you backwards. The first foot to step back and stop your momentum will be your back leg on the board! Easy! If you are left foot back, you are a Goofy. If you are right foot back, that means you are Regular.

-Stay Relaxed: The point of water sports is to enjoy the water and the boating lifestyle. If you keep yourself relaxed and have fun, you will enjoy the experience much more. No one has become a professional after the first day of riding, so make sure not to let yourself get frustrated and keep trying!

Sometimes you will fall fantastically, but getting back up i worth it. you can laugh about it later

Sometimes you will fall fantastically, but getting back up is worth it. you can laugh about it later

-Let the boat do all the work!: Many people try to fight the boat to get up and as soon as the boat gets going, they try to pick themselves up by pulling their arms in and slowly getting up. I’m not sure about you guys, but a tug of war between me and a 350 horsepower engine will have the engine winning every time. Before the boat gets going, make sure to keep your arms straight and low, your legs bent and your back straight. Once the driver begins to pull you up, let the boat do all the work for you.  All you have to do is lean back and resist the boat’s pull and stand up with your back straight, arms straight while keeping them low, and keeping your hips over the board or ski, just like you would if you were doing the squats or one foot press at the gym.

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-Boat Speed and Rope Length: When learning any watersport, you want to make sure that you are going rather slow. 14-18 miles per hours are great speeds for a beginner. Make sure you have the rope set all the way in for a beginner as well.  Slower speed falls are a lot softer for beginners. 1001531_10151730948790513_967636026_n

Remember to always have a spotter on the boat and to always have enough jackets for everyone on board.

If you have any questions or want to talk to one of our guys about the best board set up for you or a few quick tips on riding make sure to call us at (901) 744-4444.

 

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The Checklist!

It happens to all of us… We are finally on the water and enjoying the lake, when suddenly we realize that we have forgotten to bring the snacks for the kids, waters for the coolers, or a first aid kit for any cuts or scrapes. “how could i have forgotten it!, i put it on the counter so that i would see it on my way out!”, says everyone in frustration when the one thing they need at that exact moment has been left behind!

Here at Memphis Boat Center we tend to be on the water a lot and we constantly leave things behind such as paddles, dock lines, towels, or first aid kits.  Some even ask us why we go out of our way to have some of the items in the list of intangibles that we are about to share with you, but the answer is plain and simple. 9 out of 10 times you will never have to use some of these items but on the 10th time if your stuck without it, the day can turn into a bad experience on the lake.

So we have gotten together and come up with a list of items you should always pack before leaving the house and double check that they are with you before putting the boat in the water.

  • Phone: Make sure that it has a full battery. Have one phone on the boat to be used only for emergencies.
  • Paddle: Trust us, if you run out of gas, or your boat doesn’t crank in the water, paddling back with wakeboards and ski’s is not a fun experience. Yes, we have done it.
  • Sunscreen: Its always a good idea to have extra sunscreen on the boat and to put it on multiple times a day. If not, all the alo vera in this world would not be enough for the pain that is sun burns.
  • Towels: When you come out of the water for the last time its always nice to have a dry towel to dry off so that you do not get cold from “air drying”.
  • Change of Clothes: At the end of the day it is always better when you get back in your car wearing dry clothes, avoiding a long ride home in a wet bathing suit or shorts. Along with the dry towel, a change of clothes are the best combination once you have come out of the water.
  • Sunglasses/Hats: Protecting your eyes is one of the most important things that you can do out on the lake. With sunglasses and hats, you do no not only protect your eyes but also avoid migraines or head aches that are caused from a full day out on the sun without eye protection.
  • Dock Lines/Bumpers: If you ever want to tie up to other boats or to a restaurant or marina, if you do not have dock lines you will find yourself sitting next to your boat holding it at all times. If you do not have bumpers, the possibility of your boat getting scratches increases significantly.
  • Water/Snacks: Water could be the most important item on this list. It is a good idea to have plenty of it and have it iced down. If the forecast is warmer than usual, bring more waters to avoid heat exhaustion or dehydration. Snacks are also important since because they will give you the energy and protein that you loose throughout the day.
  • First Aid Kit: Every once in a while an accident will happen that will require someone to clean up a scratch or cut. Lake water can be dirty and contain bacteria so by having a kit on the boat the chances of getting a cut infected decrease since you can clean the wound as soon as you come out of the water.
  • Tools: If you go to Lowes or any store like it you will see a 6 in 1 combination screw driver. This tool is awesome on the boat and will help you with any small fix that you need to do on the water.
  • Cash: Always make sure you have extra cash on you when you go to the lake. In case of an emergency cash is accepted anywhere, and some boat ramps do not take credit cards.

No matter where you are going, if you take everything on the list on the boat with you, you will be sure to have a great stress free and problem free day out on the water.

 

if you have any other items you would like us to add to this post feel free to comment below!!!

Catching up with Raimi Merritt before Memorial Day.

Here at Memphis Boat Center we have had very little time to stop and catch our breath with Memorial Day around the corner. We are so happy to see that everyone is excited about the holiday and coming in to the store and stocking up with the best products from our pro shop. Being an exclusive Hyperlite/Byerly dealer we are proud to carry the best boards in the industry designed by the best athletes in the world.

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One of these such athletes, Raimi Merritt, is hard at work getting ready for a summer full of competitions and events. Raimi has established herself as one of the best women wakeboarders in the world, but no matter her celebrity status and fame, she remains grounded and is one of the nicest people you could ever have a conversation with. She keeps her friends close and family closer. Enjoy our exclusive interview with Raimi as we find out a little about her and her plans for Memorial Day.


Q: What is your favorite part about spending a warm summer holiday out on the lake with friends and family? Do you have any plans for Memorial Day this year?

A: My favorite part is being able to make memories with the people you love and enjoy spending time with. I grew up on the lake and spending time with my family skiing and wake boarding, so I love being able to continue to do that throughout my life. I will be competing in the Nautique Masters this Memorial Day weekend!

Q: When did you start wakeboarding? Who was your biggest influence while learning how to ride?

A: I started wake boarding at the age of 9. My dad was definitely my biggest influence because he introduced me into wake boarding and was my drive and encouragement throughout my learning process. He also was a professional barefoot waterskier, so I wanted to follow his footsteps.

Q: With the Maiden being one of the best all around boards that we have seen, what would you tell a girl who is thinking about a new board but is not quite sure what to get? In your words why is your board a cut above the rest, but yet friendly for anyone to use?

A: All of the womens boards on the hyperlite line are made specially for women riders, which is one of the main reasons the maiden is such a great board to ride. My favorite part of the maiden board is the continuous rocker, which allows me to have a consistent edge up and through the wake and it also gives me the ability to have a big pop! The Brighton system boots that are a part of the maiden series and the only womens system boots out are also awesome because they have great ankle support and include the BOA system that helps fit to any ankle. On top of all the great technical stuff the maiden series LOOKS AWESOME & FUN!

Q: Everyone we talk to has their favorite location to take their friends and family out on the lake, where would you say your favorite place to ride is?

A: I would have to say my backyard here in Orlando, fl on Lake Conway!

Q:What do you see in your future in wakeboarding? How do you want to be remembered?

A: I see my riding to continue progressing and competing. I want to be remembered all around from my personality to my riding. The more I ride the more I learn and make my own style and that is a huge reason why I love wake boarding because I can do stuff in my own way.

Learn a Trick with Raimi.

Imagine being on the boat with Raimi Merritt. You have your boots strapped on and ready to hit the water. As a beginner, you are a little nervous, but you are excited to to get out there. You look up, and there you see Raimi, who tells you the secret of how to get better and more comfortable on your new Maiden. and the best trick to learn first on the water.

Raimi Merritt: First of all always have fun! Dont beat yourself up if you dont get something the first try because once you do get it, everything else becomes super easy. One of the best tricks to learn first is wake to wake jumps. The first invert I learned was a heel side backroll.

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Memphis Boat Center would like to say thank you to Raimi for taking the time with us and we wish her the best of luck this season. For a chance to meet Raimi or watch her ride make sure to go cheer her on at the following competitions.

 The masters. Memorial Day Weekend.
July 18-20 the Pan Am Olympic Sports Festival in Mexico.
July 24-27  Nautique nationals. August 21-24 Nautique wake open in Orlando.
September 11-14 Worlds in South Florida..

If you are looking for a new set up, make sure to contact your local Hyperlite/Byerly dealer or come on in to Memphis Boat Center and ask for Enrique.

Some things to consider when buying a pre-owned boat.

Are you thinking about buying a pre-owned boat? Are you worried your going to be lied to and sold a boat that doesn’t work? How do you know if the boat will run properly? How do you know your investment will not go to waste?

These are all questions many people ask themselves when buying a pre-owned boat. Sometimes, the cheapest deal is not the best deal. Here at Memphis Boat Center we go through a rigorous inspection process to be sure we are offering quality at a good value.  That being said, Today is your lucky day!

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In this weeks blog, we will share with you the things to look for in a used boat to make sure that your investment is worth every penny!

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We break our inspections into Six different categories; Exterior/Interior, Powertrain, Instrumentation, Compression Test, Trailer, and finally the Lake Test. Lets define each category for you and tell you what to look for. Lets break it down!

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR

  • Hull Gelcoat- check for cracks, scratches, flaws or any damage
  • Deck Gelcoat- check for cracks, scratches, and damage
  • Decals- are the decals in good shape? 
  • Hardware exterior- is the boat missing any bolts, screws, rivets, etc. 
  • Windshield- are there any cracks, missing parts, etc.
  • Platform- is the platform in good shape, will you have to replace it, or re-cover it. 
  • Underwater gear- is the underwater gear in good shape? Is the prop shaft straight?  Prop true? Any sign of impact? 
  • Carpet- Is the carpet clean, missing snaps, mildewed, or nasty?
  • Upholstery- any cuts or holes, cracks, rotten wood, failed stitching, etc
  • Bimini- any cuts or holes, broken pieces, missing parts, cover, etc

POWERTRAIN

  • Engine Model- is the boat properly powered for its size?
  • Belts/Hoses- are they tight? dry-rotted? in good shape?
  • Oil Level- is the oil level good? is it clean? Any leaks? Oil condition can be a good indication of how a boat has been maintained.
  • Alternator- check the volt gauge, is the system charging properly?
  • Starter – does the starter work properly every time?
  • Run at idle. make sure idle is a good constant RPM.  Do you hear any abnormal sounds in the engine?  All cylinders firing?  

INSTRUMENTATION

  • Steering- does the steering work properly and with the proper resistance?
  • Throttle-does the throttle advance smoothly?
  • Fire Ext- required equipment.  Is it present and charged?
  • Fuel Gauge- does the fuel gauge work, mark the proper amount of fuel?
  • Temp Gauge- does the temp gauge work? 
  • Volt Gauge- does the volt gauge display the proper voltage?
  • Blower- does the blower work? 
  • Bilge Pump- does the bilge work? can you hear it running?
  • Nav Lights- do both the navigation and anchor lights work properly?
  • Stereo/Speakers- does the unit power up?  does the remote(s) work? do the speakers work? tower speakers? are the speakers blown?

COMPRESSION TEST

  • A good indicator of the health of an engine is the cylinder compression.  It can indicate a problem that may not yet be noticeable under normal operation.  To perform this test the spark plugs are removed and a pressure gauge is hooked to each cylinder, one at a time.  The engine is turned over and the max pressure is marked.  While checking this, inspect the side of the block for cracks.  Do the same for the manifolds.  

LAKE TEST

  • Cruise Control- does your boat have cruise control? does it stay at a constant speed? Gps Test for accuracy
  • Heater- some boats have heaters, does it work properly without leaks?
  • Shower- some boats have shower hoses. does it work? is it a hot shower?
  • Ballast System- do the tanks fill and empty? no leaks? is the ballast hard or soft?
  • Speedo- does the speedo work properly?
  • Steering Gear- make sure steering is soft. If its really hard to turn, you could need a new cable
  • Oil level – Check the oil once again to be sure it is in the same condition and does not show evidence of water contamination

TRAILER

  • Bearings- is the trailer road ready? greased bearings?  Are they tightened to spec?
  • Lights- do all the lights work on the trailer? Is the light hook up in good shape?
  • Tires- how old are the tires? cracks? tread? 
  • Spare- does the trailer have one?  condition?
  • Winch- is the winch in good shape? Is the strap intact and strong? 

So now that you have finished checking every part of the boat, what did you find? Is that really cheap deal still worth the money, or are you going to have to invest more money into the boat. While not an all inclusive list, each one of these bullet points can require a repair and money out of your pocket. Are the fixes something that Mr. Fix it can do or are you going to have to take it in to get serviced?  Is this boat going to run right out on the water, give you peace of mind, or make awesome memories? Will it break down constantly, will have to keep fixing things on it? Whether from an individual or a dealer if you follow our rigorous checklist and get down and dirty, you will be able to see what is a great deal and what is just not worth your money.  If this sounds exhausting to you you can leave it to the experts.  We specialize in pre-owned boats and would love the opportunity to find the right fit for you and your family.

The Best and Closest Lakes from Memphis to go boating!

Here at Memphis Boat Center we are often asked, “where is a good place to go boating around here?”  Today we will tell you our favorite locations to take out our boats, and we will tell you some of our pros and cons of each lake. Hopefully they can become your favorite locations to go boating as well. Don’t have a boat? No worries!!! Which ever lake you chose, we have the boat for it!

Pickwick Lake, TN.**: A local favorite, this lake has it all! Its the perfect lake if you want to socialize with other boaters and enjoy its landmarks. Pickwick is a great lake to take the family for the weekend and holidays. Its has great local restaurants and great marinas to store your boat. If your looking for smooth water to wakeboard, ski, or wakesurf, the Tombigbee waterway is the perfect spot to find smooth water at all times. This lake is a great lake to celebrate the fourth of July with your family while watching the firework show over the lake.

Horseshoe Lake, AR.*: Located only 40 minutes from downtown Memphis, this lake is a great lake for a day trip out on the water. Being so close to Memphis, this lake is one of our top choices to take our boats out to film. Due to the shape of the lake, it can have rough waters, and since its a shallow lake (10-25ft), the wake will sometimes not develop completely for surfing and wakeboarding.  Horseshoe is a great lake for those warm sunny days where you decide to go to the lake last minute, but still be able to have a full day on the water.

Tunica Cutoff, MS.*: This hidden gem provides calm buttery water everyday, no matter the time or weather. The Tunica Cutoff is an old river oxbow lake, that not many people know about. Wakeboarding and skiing are awesome here and you will always enjoy the smooth water since not many ski boats are out there. To get to the cutoff, you do have to drive through a trailer park, but for smooth waters, we see it as worth it.

Arkabutla Lake,MS.*: Another Lake that is really close to Memphis, Arkabutla delivers a great “day” get-away lake. This lake is a Corps lake so you do have to wear life jackets at all times. The boat ramps at this lake are awesome, but there is very few docks, making it hard to load and unload passengers. Arkabutla Can get crowded and rough from time to time but in general it is a great lake to go out to for the day.  It’s important that you know the lake as it can be shallow and there are stumps.

Sardis Lake, MS. *: Sardis is a great for for any water activity that you might be into. Sardis is a big lake and welcomes fisherman, waterskiers and wakeboarders year round. The lake was built for flood water control purposes, but not many of the average 5 million people that visit each year know this. the lake has and abundance of bass and is great for watersports and camping. Sardis is located about an hour away from Memphis, making it one of the hot spots for the summer.  Smooth water can be a little bit harder to find.

Pin Oak Lake, TN.**: Pin Oak is part of the Natchez Trace State Park, which provides ample campsites for an amazing weekend outdoor getaway. The lake is small, but it is protected from the wind creating an awesome lake for fishing and water sports. The campgrounds are quiet and private which allow you to really have a peaceful and enjoyable getaway.  This is another of our hidden gems that we love to visit.

Moon Lake, MS.*: Relatively close, Moon Lake provides some beautiful surroundings. you may experience some rough water at Moon Lake, but you will always be able to find smooth water around the bend.  The cypress trees provide a beautiful backdrop to a day on the water.

The Tennessee River, TN.**: Being able to put your boat in the river and ride is one of our favorite things to do. The benefits about riding on the river, is that you don’t get as much choppy water from other boats around you. For water sports the river is always great, if you find your self in choppy waters, then just go around a bend or two and you will find the smooth buttery water again.

Greers Ferry, AR.***: Greers Ferry is a beautiful lake located in Arkansas. It is a bit of a drive to get there, but it is a beautiful lake on which to spend the weekend. During the summer this lake turns into an awesome hot spot for boaters. The clear water and awesome scenery make for a great weekend out on the water.

Smith Lake, AL.***: Another beautiful lake with clear water, Smith lake provides another weekend get-away location that will always put a smile on your family’s face. This lake can get crowded from time to time, but it is still one of the premier lakes in the south. Great for surfing and wakeboarding, take your boat down there for a weekend of progression in your riding.

This summer, make sure to create memories with your family and go visit one of these lakes that are close to our location. A boat is not just an asset, a boat makes memories to last a lifetime with your family. 99.9% of the time that your out on a boat on a nice summer day, your smiling….if you are not, you should be.

Distances:

  • *1.5 hours or less
  • **1.5-2.25 hours
  • ***3+ hours

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The Top 5 Wakeboard Boats as Voted by Memphis Boat Center

The Staff at Memphis Boat Center was asked a series of questions to determine which are the best wakeboarding, wakeskating, and wakesurfing boats in the industry. out of all the boats offered by Malibu and Axis, the following is a list of our top five favorite boats. Enjoy!

5. 2014 Malibu 21 VLX. One of our favorite things about this boat is its traditional, yet modern design. This boat has everything to make your experience in the water one to remember for a lifetime.  This incredible boat fits every riding style, from people learning how to wakeboard, to the seasoned veteran progressing each time he charges the wake. With the simplicity of the Surf Gate system in all the Wakesetters, allows for more time enjoying the surf instead of having to deal with switching weight back and forth.

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4. 2014 Malibu 22 MXZ. This boat has attitude, aggressive lines, and the looks that make people tweak their necks when you pass by them on the road. This is the official tow-boat of the Red Bull Wake Open for a reason, It packs one serious punch. With this boat you can set the wake up for any level rider from beginners to pro riders such as Raph Derome. Raph loves his 22 MXZ and so do we.

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3. 2014 Axis A22. Simplicity has never been more beautiful.  The 2014 Axis A22 delivers a premier wakeboard boat at an attainable price. The hull is designed to deliver the perfcet lip to the wake for riders to enjoy every time they hit it. The Axis is very roomy and allows you to bring all your friends and family out on the water for a Day of Fun.  Axis has made Surf Gate available in all of their models which adds value to this incredible proven warrior.

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2. 2014 Axis A24 Vandall. Commonly known as the G Killer (G23), this boat delivers everything you can imagine out of a 24 ft boat for a fraction of the price of its competitors. This boat provides you with pro-level wakes that can also be toned down for beginners. You have a big family? No problem!!! Bring 16 of your closest friends or family with you on this roomy boat that you will call your home this summer. This boat creates new limits of what a boat this size can do with the benefit of its price. Add the Available Vandall Option and you will create and eye-catching, tricked out monster to take you to the next level of riding.

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1. 2014 Malibu 23 LSV. It is no shock that our favorite boat is hands down the 23 LSV. This boat has been the best selling boat in its class, so when we heard that Malibu was going to complete re-design its flag ship boat we could only imagine what Malibu had hidden up their sleeve.  We thought to ourselves that it was going to be hard to make the best boat in the industry even better, but Malibu hit a grand slam with this beauty. this boat features a brand new innovative hull design that will boost your wakeboarding and wakesurfing experience to levels never thought possible. The 23 LSV delivers the perfect wake from the moment it first hits the water and is the boat of choice for Red Bulls number one wakeskater, Brian Grubb.

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Come By Memphis Boat Center to see and Experience the boat of your dreams!