After owning Duffy electric boats in Newport Beach, California, where the company has its headquarters, the Textor family decided to introduce the fun-filled and stress-free world of electric boating to Lake Norman in 2010. Thanks to the electric motor and patented Power Rudder propulsion device, Duffy boats carry passengers over water with a remarkable speed and maneuverability and cost as little as $1 per day to maintain. Since 1970, Duffy shipwrights have constructed each vessel exactly to the client's specifications, outfitting crafts with Duff-Eze cabin enclosures that allow captains to pilot their ship in any climate and ensure that boats never have to be winterized, covered, or sent to Florida because of cold weather.
Customers can rent out 21-foot Avalon models that carry 10–12 passengers for brief lakefront voyages, dancing to tunes from the onboard mp3 and CD hookups, warming themselves with the heater on chilly nights, and sunbathing on the bow. Specialty cruises entertain guests with floating wine tastings, catered feasts from Lake Norman cottage, and movie nights, and a seasonal schedule of special events dazzles families with upcoming attractions such as electric-boat sleigh rides.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our boats are equipped with state of the art GPS navigation and all the amenities. From coolers to tubing the possibilities are endless. We do not sacrifice the amenities for the price. We want to blow the doors off the competition every single time. All of our customers come back to us .
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Our two owners have over 30 years experience and Captain Dave has a commercial captains license. He loves the water and the great state of North Carolina. Lake Norman and Lake Wylie are special places to us,
we want it to be special for you and your friends and family as well. See you on the Water.
What do you love most about your job?
Someone once said that if you dont like what you do for a living you work every day of your life... If you love what you do you never work at all. WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!!! Everyday is like turning the key and cruising off to paradise. It is our mission to make you feel that way as well. Lets go Boating
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
The best feedback we can get is our return customers. We take pride on the fact that we are not a one time wonder or just in it for the quick buck. Everyone has that special thing they do every year. We want that special thing to be done here at Destination Watersports year after year after year!!!!
Dustin Keith, a former paratrooper, police officer, and Learjet pilot, says that his favorite job has been owning and operating his boat-rental business with his wife, Andrea. Keith has loved water sports since he was young and wanted to open the business to help families build their own memories on the water. The Keiths maintain a consistently updated inventory of luxury pontoon boats, kayaks, bowriders, and cabin cruisers, and the low deposits they require for rental are returned to customers the same day. Boat-club memberships give customers unlimited access to the boats without the expense of buying and storing them or setting up mermaid traps along the shore.
The Keiths donate a portion of the profits from boat rentals to Compassion International to support impoverished children in Asia and Africa, and they hope to one day dedicate each boat to a child that its rental helps support.
When you rent a vessel from Wher-Rena Boatland in Cornelius, you'll be sailing in style.
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Whether you're a sailor, fisher, or just a pleasure-cruiser, West Marine in Cornelius has many vessels for rent that are sure to float your boat.
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