harbor springs

Walstrom Open House! by admin

When we tell people about northern Michigan, we often tell them how perfect it is up here during the summer.  Today turned out to be a bit on the cool and cloudy side, but Walstrom's new sales showroom is the nicest showroom I have ever seen.  A big thanks to Walstrom's for hosting the event and being kind enough to extend an invitation to us!  The guest list included a lot of our customers and other influential members of the boating community.  Check out the pictures to see if you can spot any of them!

Walstrom's Opening Day BBQ! by admin

Just in case you forgot, Walstrom's opening day at their new showroom is fast approaching. Their new showroom in Harbor Springs is looking great and we are looking forward to the event. Time: Saturday, May 28 · 11:30am - 2:00pm Location:  Walstrom Marine New Sales Showroom and Yachting Center

500 Bay Street Harbor Springs, MI

If you want to let your friends know you are going, RSVP on their facebook page!

A Bit of Hatteras History by admin

We are currently getting a whole fleet of Hatteri washed, buffed, waxed, and detailed for their spring launch before they disperse to Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, and Charlevoix.  If you are not familiar with Hatteras, I suggest you read this great review of the company's history, "The Making of an Empire".  It is fascinating throughout.

Some of the highlights for me were:

Later, Jack Hargrave commented: "Willis had what he called the 'Hargrave Test.'  The production people would lay up a hull section to what the equations called for, then Willis and I would go out in the plant and kick the hell out of it.  If it didn't seem stiff enough, Willis would have the lamination people add some more layers."

"One day," Henshaw recalls, "I was doing some cabinet making in Station Six and along comes Willis with an older couple.  He came up to me where I was hanging cabinet doors and wanted to borrow my hammer.  I gave him a claw hammer and he walked over to the side of the boat I was working on and just whapped the hell out of it with the hammer.  Hit it so hard the hammer went flying out of his hands.  He then turns to the couple and said" 'Could I have done that to your wooden hull?' They said, 'No.' He sold that one right there."

Slane had added a very sporty 28-foot hull to the lineup and shortly was approached by the United States Navy [...] The Navy was impressed and wanted to order 200 of them.  The catch was they wanted to put government inspectors in different areas.  Willis told them he'd be glad to build them, but he wouldn't have the government tell him how to do it.  So, we lost the whole contract.  But, they bought those two Willis had prepared and made a mold off of them and built them in two other locations."

In 1984, a high-rolling investor named Irwin Jacobs appeared [...] "I [Jacobs] proceeded to try to buy it [Hatteras] from AMF and they not only weren't co-operative, they were downright rude.  So I bought AMF and sold off everything except Hatteras."

 

Photo credit HatterasYachts.com.

 

Mark Your Calendars - Walstrom BBQ! by admin

Didn't make it to the Newport, Norwalk, Annapolis, Ft. Lauderdale, or Chicago Boat shows?  Just dreaming of warmer weather and firing up the grill?  Well now you have a date this spring to break out the ink for!  On May 28th Walstrom's Harbor Springs will be hosting a BBQ at the NEW Walstrom Marine Showroom.  Event starts at 11:30 and goes until 2:00!  We're planning on being there!

Walstrom "Roe" Building Groundbreaking by Trevor

Now that the downtown Walstrom building is transitioning into The Boathouse of Harbor Springs, there needs to be a new place to sell boats! Not to mention the promise of a larger indoor showroom! The Roe building has previously been used for light storage, boats under 60ft. Construction has started immediately. Be sure to check back for more pictures and updates, in the meantime take a look at the video rendering of the new building.

Rendering