Two Dreams—One Team.
Come take a peek as to what is behind the new sign on Walden Road. After 2 years of partnership Rinker’s Boat World and Lakeshore Sports are combining their names. No need for alarm or confusion, water sports enthusiasts are now benefiting from two of the top names in the Houston boating world coming together as one. This exciting collaboration offers seventy-five years of boating experience and superb customer service. With two locations to serve South Texas [the whole greater Houston area and on the shores of Lake Conroe] people from all areas will get the best service, selections and lineup of quality boats.
Owner, Chris Rinker is more than a casual boat enthusiast. His family has been in the boat manufacturing business for over 40 years. If the name Rinker rings a bell, it is because Chris’ grandfather, Lossie “LE” Rinker, built fishing and racing boats in the 1930’s and his uncle John, founded Rinker Boats. In 1978, Chris’ father, Jerry, launched his own boat dealership in Houston known as Rinker’s Boat World. Following in his father’s footsteps, Chris, has been working in the family business for 25 years to continue making Rinker’s Boat World of Houston, a premier boat dealership.
“We’re not competitor obsessed, but customer obsessed”, states Chris Rinker. “We start with what the customer needs and work backwards”. Rinker’s Boat World was founded in Houston in 1978.
Chris shares his excitement and enthusiasm of the opportunity to combine the two dealerships. For more than 3 decades Lakeshore Sports has earned the reputation of being one of the sought-out dealers on Lake Conroe due to the attention they provide their customers and for being one of the three exclusive Cobalt dealers in the State of Texas. The partnership was created with both owners and staff in mind.
Chris Rinker was fortunate to have Melanie Clement, General Manager, stay on board as part of the deal. Melanie has been with Lakeshore Sports for 31 years. The same dedication and loyalty that Melanie brings to the table can be seen with some members of her staff, who have been employed at Lakeshore Sports for over 10 years. “We have the same award-winning sales teams and then some, that continue to create such a favorable reputation and experience with boating on Lake Conroe,” states Melanie.
“I love customizing the boat to fit the family,” Melanie passionately said. “We take people from an inexperienced novice to a greater comfort level with both the purchasing process AND boating. Come try out the boat in the water before you consider any purchase. Who buys a car before they test it out? Boats are the same way, test it out on the water! These test drive demos help take the intimidation factor out of purchasing a boat, as well as, confirm your purchasing decision. We pride ourselves in our exceptional service before and after the sell. We keep very organized records of all purchases and offer a better boating experience for all. We have families who have come here over and over for generations, and in turn have become our extended family on the water.”
After the perfect model is picked for the family, the staff at Rinker’s Boat World at Lakeshore will go through a total walk through on the shore and in the water. The “Captain Delivery Program” goes through all controls, features, in-water training, parking at the dock/slip, even loading onto a trailer (if one is part of the deal) and every operational detail you want to know BEFORE YOU TAKE DELIVERY!
Rinker’s Boat World caters to all boat enthusiasts with unique services. As an “on the water” boat dealer with concierge service available to pick up your boat for service and have it ready and delivered for you when finished. We make boating fun and easy is the motto they go by! If you need assistance while on the lake, a first response team can assist your needs anytime during store hours, just drop by the dock or pull into the dealership!
The success of this collaboration and all of Lakeshore’s hard work was rewarded this year when they were honored to have earned one of four 2018 Customer Service Awards from Cobalt among all the top dealerships in the U.S.!
One customer had a great review: “The dealership is fantastic. I have been a customer since the mid 90’s when I purchased my first Cobalt. Their team matches the exceptional high quality of the Cobalt boats they sell”. Thanks for your input, Carter.
Rinker’s Boat World at Lakeshore still continues to offer the top of the line Cobalt Boats. “A Cobalt boat is simply the best family runabout money can buy,” said Melanie. “The quality of construction is superb; the warranty is the longest in the industry and the resale value remains strong. It’s the perfect combination. It is the Mercedes Benz of the boat world.”
If you would like a different style of boating, now, due to the joining of forces, Rinker’s Boat World is also an authorized dealer for South Bay Pontoons, Supra & Moomba inboards and Sea Hunt Center Console Boats. And you can always upgrade and trade your boat in for another style that meets your current family needs. There is a vast selection of both new and pre-owned inventory.
Wake Surfing is the newest trend on the water. It is a unique experience where you can ride the wave behind the boat on a surf board. You get up with a short rope and once experienced, you can toss the rope back in the boat and surf away! “We offer several boats that are made specifically for this sport,” says Clement. “The Supras, Moombas and even Cobalt’s new surf series all have amazing wakes!” Professional wakeboarder and surfer, Cole Clement, is available for lessons during the summer to help people increase their skill levels, confidence and even learn new tricks.
Speaking of wake boarding, the exciting Supra Boats World Class Pro Wakeboard Tour will be making its first of only four stops with us on Saturday, May 18th in Katy, TX. This world class tour showcases the top athletes in the wakeboard/surf industry from Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. Follow us on our website site and/or Facebook page for more details on this and the other events Rinkers Boat World at Lakeshore is hosting. www.Facebook.com/LakeshoreBoats
Join us for fun upcoming events on the water, such as: Monthly Ride-N-Drive Demo Days, In-The-Water Boat Show on Lake Conroe, Digital Scavenger Hunt on the Lake, Mother’s Day Gift Event, FREE Fishing Day, Steak Night at Papa’s on the Lake, The Christmas Boat Parade of Lights and Water Safety classes to name a few. Contact the shop or follow their Facebook page for more details.
Melanie Clement had this to say about her tenure with Rinker’s Boat World:
“Building long lasting relationships with our partners and employees while serving the recreational and travel community with honesty, integrity, and service is our pledge to the community. We are a 5-star rated Boat Dealership serving the Greater Houston Metroplex, Lake Livingston, and the Gulf Coast area. After all these years and there is no other comparable place where I would rather be working.”
Learn more about Rinker’s Boat World at Lakeshore at www.LakeShoreSports.com. Lake Conroe location is at 15225 Walden Road Montgomery, 77356. (936) 448-2628.