After slathering on sunscreen, packing a picnic and zipping up life jackets, the last thing you want to encounter at the dock is a problem with your boat that puts a halt to a day on the open water with your family.
But, if you’re one of the 11.9 million registered boat owners in the United States, then you know there’s a price to relaxing on the water. Boats require frequent maintenance and upkeep. Most boat owners find that annual maintenance costs add up to about 10 percent of the cost of the boat, according to Discover Boating, an online boating information source managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. In addition to the boat’s engine and electrical components, one of the top items to maintain on any watercraft is the canvas and upholstery. Creative Colors International Inc.’s on-site repair services offer a quick and convenient solution to get you out of the marina and back on the water before your sunscreen needs reapplied.
Convenient, on-site repair
CCI is the leader in mobile leather and vinyl repair. Their highly-trained technicians can repair or restore tears, burns, cuts, scratches and stains. The family-owned company opened its van doors in 1980 and offers its services nationwide.
“Almost every time we call Creative Colors, it is an emergency situation. We have a lot of clients who have a second home in the area and come in just for the weekend,” said Mark Scarborough, service manager with Legendary Marine in Destin, Florida. “We usually reach out to CCI when the boat owner is jumping up and down and wants the repair done yesterday. They are always able to take care of it while saving our customers a great deal of money.”
If you’ve got kids, you know they can destroy a room the minute your back is turned. Surprisingly, you can’t lay the blame for the drab appearance of your boat’s interior all on your offspring. The sun can damage and fade your boat’s upholstery, making it look worn and tired. CCI technicians are trained to expertly repair and re-dye tears. They can fix holes, scuffs and scratches, too. Their restoration techniques can refresh the appearance of your boat and make it look like it did when you took it on its maiden voyage.
“Creative Colors fixes damage to seats and other areas of the boat to make it look brand-new and like there was never any damage in the first place. They provide a great service and a low-cost solution for our customers rather than replacing the entire upholstery sets,” said David Kramer, service manager with Marine Max in Gulf Shores, Alabama. “In the eight months we have partnered with CCI, they have easily saved our customers thousands of dollars by fixing the damages to the upholstery of their boats.”
Making repairs to cut maintenance costs
With the average price of a boat well into six figures, many owners have scrimped and saved to invest in this luxury item, and they want to make sure their prized possession is in top form when they head out for a boat ride with their family. Unfortunately, it can cost hundreds of dollars to replace a single cushion, and thousands to purchase a whole new set. CCI’s proprietary techniques help save boat owners money in seat replacements by repairing these surfaces so they look new.
“About any way people can tear up a seat, we see it. The great thing about Creative Colors is they can come fix things that I would normally have to send back to the manufacturer,” said Jimmy Oswalt, service desk manager with Paradise Marine Center in Gulf Shores, Alabama. “Some of the older dealers here were initially resistant to change, but they started coming around after realizing it was much more convenient and it could save them a lot of money.”
If you’d like to learn more about how CCI can ensure your family has fun in the sun and that you fish from a boat in high form, give us a call at 800-933-2656 or request a quote directly at www.wecanfixthat.com.