Fremont is a town known for its bodies of water.
The Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area, Platte River and many surrounding private lakes all fit into the fabric of the community.
Many residents take advantage of the open water by spending time at the lakes swimming, fishing, jet skiing and boating.
With lake season right around the corner, Victory Marine is giving those interested in purchasing a watercraft to cruise the lakes this summer a perfect opportunity this weekend.
The annual Victory Marine boat show began Friday and is being held through Sunday inside the main arena at Christensen Field.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the arena located on west 16th Street.
The show features approximately 50 boats from 10 different manufacturers, which include: Lund, Tige’, Nautique and Playcraft Pontoons.
On Friday, attendees maneuvered their way around the variety of boats within the arena taking in all of the new watercraft on display.
“We actually had some customers waiting when we opened which is a good sign,” T.J. Marsh, Victory Marine salesman said.
The boat show is open to the public with free admission and parking.
At the annual boat show, Marsh showed a new wakeboarding and wake surfing boat from Ski Nautique.
The Super Ski Nautique Wake Boat on display is styled more like a luxury car than a boat sporting a tan interior and black exterior.
The boat also includes a variety of new technology integrated into the design.
“Nautique is really up on the newest trends and the coolest things you can do with a boat,” Marsh said. “They have a thruster now on the back of the boat so if you are in a tight situation trying to get into a dock or a cove the boat will actually move directionally from side to side.”
Along with the new thruster to help with maneuverability, the Super Ski Nautique also includes a 12-inch touch screen on the dashboard, heated seats and heat ducts, as well as several new camera features.
“It has a Go Pro mode so can connect a Go Pro directly to the boat, as well as an awareness camera so when someone is down behind the boat you can see them back there without having to turn around or look in the mirror,” Marsh said.
Along with high end boats like the Super Ski Nautique, which retails at $140,000 and was sold by Victory Marine for $107,000, the show also includes pontoons and fishing boats.
According to Marsh, even some of the new pontoons available at the show include some impressive features.
“It’s not a lawn chair and a grandpa anymore we have pontoons that will do 50-60 miles per hour now,” he said.
He added that all of the boats at the show are being offered at sale prices.
Along with a bevy of brands and styles of boats, the show also includes docks, lifts and other accessories that are custom build by local company On The Water.
According to General Manager Kevin Lemmers, the company’s custom-made modular frames are made of steel, and vinyl tongue-and-groove decking almost never has to be replaced.
“I hate to say it but I just see my customers one time, because they last forever,” he said.” I don’t know if I have never had anything go bad and I’ve been around 20 some years, we take them to Valmont in West Point and they hot-dip galvanize them so that is the best seal you can use on that.”
Along with building docks for private buyers, On The Water also built six docks as part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Fisheries Division’s Angler Access Program that are currently used on several lakes at Fremont State Lakes SRA.
“We just delivered one out to Merritt Reservoir for the State of Nebraska, and we do work with Natural Resource District’s as well,” Lemmers said.
On The Water is located at 625 Treat Street in Fremont and more information about the company can be found on its website aeroonthewater.com.
All of the boats at the show are available for purchase through Victory Marine, located at 1500 W. Military Ave.