Skeeter Boats revives annual dealer meeting

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Skeeter Boats recently held its first dealer meeting following a three-year hiatus.

The four-day affair welcomed dealers from across the United States and other countries, including Canada, Argentina and Mexico. Also on hand were professional anglers — 2008 Bassmaster Classic world champion Alton Jones, of Waco, Texas, and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Kelly Jordon — to help promote Skeeter’s new boat models to dealers, the Longview News-Journal reported.

When the recession hit in 2008 and 2009, Skeeter put its annual dealer meeting on indefinite hiatus and decided to make investments in its top-of-the-line FX and I-class models, projects manager JoAnne O’Bryant said.

“When the economy was bad we strategically came out with a boat that costs more because the middle-class guy wasn’t buying, but the guy that has got money, he’s going to buy,” O’Bryant told the newspaper.

Skeeter has been in business for more than 60 years; it built its first fiberglass-constructed bass boat in 1961, according to its website. Yamaha owns the company.

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