Why Buy a Crownline?

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The Perfect Blend of Form and Function

Not only are Crownline boats beautiful to look at, they are engineered to perform unlike any other bowrider on the market.

Industry Leading Hull Design

The F.A.S.T. tabs hull increases stability, improves time-to-plane acceleration, and adds better fuel economy than any other boat in its class.

Experience Customer Service

Our  friendly customer service department is here to answer any question you have about your Crownline—bow to stern.

Dedicate Dealer Network

The Boat Dock  has 15 plus years experience selling Crownline. We know our models top to bottom and are dedicated to finding the right boat to fit your family’s unique outdoor lifestyle.

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Ways To Contact Us

As you are all aware, Illinois is currently under a stay at home order until April 7th. We are taking this matter seriously and following guidelines to ensure our employees and customers are safe in every way. We understand many people rely on us to provide services for their boats which is why we want you to know that we have our sales team available to meet by a private appointment, text, video calls, and of course email. As we continue to practice and maintain guidelines set from health professionals, we are determined to ensure that our customers receive the high level of service you have come to expect from The Boat Dock.

For any service or sales needs, please feel free to call or text us at our normal business number (217) 793-7300 as we are manning the phones to answer your questions.You can also text your questions to Kevin (217) 306-1796 and email questions to the following:
kevin@theboatdock.com—sales
dave@theboatdock.com—service

Again, we are here for you and your family, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us because we look forward to getting you out into the great outdoors as soon as possible.

 

                                  Warmest Regards,

                                                                   The Boat Dock

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COVID-19 Company Action

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Don’t let social distancing keep you from getting your social distance!

We understand that most purchases of boats are to get onto the lake, away from crowds (sometimes), and spend time with those we are closest to.  We want the buying process to be enjoyable and safe.

In these unprecedented times, The Boat Dock is committed to providing you with your Boating needs while keeping you and our staff as safe as possible.  We are implementing plans and processes that will minimize exposure and responsibly respect social distancing guidelines.

  • If you are interested in a product that you see online, feel free to communicate via email, text, or phone.  Our sales staff is eager to help you through this process remotely.
  • We will take videos to answer your questions, or live video chat from the unit that you have an interest in.
  • We will accept video walk throughs of your trade to get trade in numbers as close as possible.
  • We may be able to pick up your trade-in to bring it in to the dealership.
  • If you’d prefer, we can schedule a single visit purchase.  We will prep the boat and have it ready before you ever see it in person.  If you love it then you can take it home with you!
  • We may be able to deliver your unit to your home and sign paperwork on site, having only one social contact.

Please let us know if there is anything that we could possibly do to assist you!

The Boat Dock Family

CDC Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Protect Your Boat with NanoCure

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You picked a real beauty. Keep it that way.

Your water craft will age, and no matter what wave you ride, you’ll face hazards that are sure to test you. Overcome the elements and keep your boat or jet-ski in top condition with NanoCure Protection.

Beauty fades and the big waves will take their toll. Cruise protected.

Our proprietary, state-of-the art NanoCure with Nanoxide protectants are formulated with industry-leading nanotechnology to fill uneven surface areas to form a weather- and hazard-resistant shield.

Strong molecular bonding

  • Galvanizing polymers
  • Protective UV absorbers

Harnessing the Power of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a key driving element to making NanoCure Protective Coatings as effective and cutting-edge as they are. By forming a molecular bond with a vehicle’s surface, nanotechnology enables our protectants are able to more effectively battle the elements that can harm its appearance. We employ such innovation into our offerings for the auto, RV, powersports and marine markets we serve. Call us today to learn more or stop in and see us to get protected today!

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Cobalt Boats are Here!

YOUR COBALT. MAKE IT YOUR OWN.

Enjoy the entire boating experience with an array of optional equipment and lifestyle accessories designed to give you everything you need for the way you live your life. The Boat Dock can assist you with a selection of Cobalt factory original options. And while you’re outfitting your boat for the season, take care of the crew with lifestyle sportswear and accessories, available online anytime at CobaltSports.com.

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Since its first day on the water over 50 years ago, Cobalt’s commitment to performance, luxury and innovation has continued to set the standard for boating excellence. Only a Cobalt offers:

  1. Patented Swim Step for easy water access
  2. Maximum interior space
  3. 16-layer hand-laid fiberglass at keel
  4. Deep-V hull design for smooth ride
  5. Double French-stitched interiors
  6. Molded-in gelcoat graphics on exterior
  7. Extended running surface
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Cobalt Boats Coming Soon!

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We are super excited to announce our new line of boats at our dealership: Cobalt Boats. Since its first day on the water over 50 years ago, Cobalt’s commitment to performance, luxury and innovation has continued to set the standard for boating excellence. Only the easy-to-operate Cobalt Surf Series offers a full day of fun and family on the water – from dawn to dusk and beyond. We will have in stock the R3, R5, CS23, and more! Be sure to follow us to get the latest updates on these beautiful boats.

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Best Industry Pricing

NO HAGGLE NO HASSLE value pricing Coast to CoastAt SUN TRACKER® Boats, we strive to ensure your boat-buying experience is just as enjoyable and relaxing as your ownership experience will be.That’s why we employ the industry-exclusive NO HAGGLE NO HASSLE® pricing policy.Whether you shop in our stores, websites, brochures or ads, you’ll find our prices are consistent everywhere, every day.

Plus, we set our nationally published prices at after-negotiation levels, so you never have to worry about haggling to get the best possible price.

Instead, you’ll receive the industry’s best value anywhere, and any time, you shop for and pick out your new SUN TRACKER pontoon boat.

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Buying Your Off Road Vehicle Advice

Where To Start and What To Consider

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Size : ATV’s, UTV’s, and All Purpose Carts come in various shapes and sizes. Size needs to be a priority focus when determining which off road vehicle to purchase. For example: riders, trail size, storage, and work load. The last thing you want is to purchase an off road vehicle and realize you undermined certain aspects of it. In addition, every buyer should find a product line which offers a variety of options: youth, adults, single rider, multiple riders, off road, and street legal.

Power : Don’t confuse size with power. These two do relate in specific off road vehicles, however; they don’t always go together. Other manufacturers may appear to provide the buyer with a workhorse simply due to size, but when it requires a heavy work load and tow capacity; it will not deliver the power needed to perform the task. Also, the buyer should know that sometimes with more power comes more noise. Make sure to inquire about the engine noise levels if wildlife and neighbors don’t want to be bothered.

Warranty : Our customers have told us that warranties do matter. Several off road riders are only seasonal riders which means when they purchase an off road vehicle, the warranty expires before their next riding season. Most standard warranties on the market today are only six to twelve months. The best standard warranties we can find are from TRACKER Off Road vehicles which offer twelve months on all ATV’s, eighteen months on UTV’s, and up to twenty four months on All Purpose Carts. Furthermore, extended service contracts are also available.

Service : Where should you service your off road vehicle? We recommend finding a well established local company with a proven track record of service and certified technicians. By doing this, the buyer has peace of mind knowing their purchase is protected by professionals. Better yet, most service departments will have access to those hard to find parts the buyer needs to keep their off road vehicle running at top performance. Lastly, if the buyers warranty is still active, the service department will contact the manufactures directly to cover all costs for repairs.

Price : Pricing is a key factor when purchasing an off road vehicle. When shopping for your next off road vehicle and optional equipment, make certain the brand and dealer offer straight forward pricing with no hidden fees. Some might be sold with kits included and others might be just a base model with no options installed. Sometimes there may be a higher cost upfront, but the buyer will save money on repairs in the long run. So consider the upfront cost vs. a lower sale price and thinking you are saving money.

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How to Dock a Boat

 

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#1 You’ve probably already heard the cardinal rule of docking a boat: Never approach the pier any faster than you’re willing to hit it. In other words, you never know when a sudden “oopsie” will cause your precious fiberglass chariot to do the opposite of what you had intended. Just in case, always approach solid objects slowly enough that if your docking job turns into a ramming, the results won’t be tragic.

 

#2: Use enough juice to get the job done. When it comes to causes of disastrous docking, applying insufficient power comes in a close second to applying too much. You need to counter and overcome momentum, wind, and current. If you don’t tell your boat what to do—with authority—one or more of these other factors is likely to take over.

 

#3: Always look before you leap. Give your slip a hairy eyeball, even if you’ve backed into it 100 times before. The biggest issue here is mooring lines. If any lines of yours or a neighboring slip fell off a piling and into the water, current could stretch it out across your path. Tangle a mooring line in your propeller, and that docking job will go south in a hurry.

 

#4: With twin inboards, don’t touch the wheel. Ever. You’ll be tempted, but you have more control if you leave the wheel centered and use only the engines. If you do turn the wheel, then when you try to use the engines and the prop-wash hits a cockeyed rudder, the boat may take an unexpected path.

 

#5: In heavy winds, reduce your windage. Particularly in a small boat, this can have a dramatic effect on how easy or how hard it is to dock. A Bimini top or an Isinglass enclosure can act like a sail on a powerboat, and throw you out of kilter. On a sailboat, a sail lazily left unfurled can have the same effect.

 

#6: Never kill the engines until all the lines are secure. Many people who don’t know how to dock a boat well make the mistake of shutting down as soon as the boat is in the slip, but you never know if a crewmember is going to drop his or her line(s), or when a piling will slip out of reach. Keep the powerplants on, so you can maneuver as necessary.

 

#7: Don’t be afraid to abort. This is especially important for sailboats, single-screw inboards, and other boats with a limited ability to maneuver. If the approach doesn’t seem to be going well don’t try to force the issue; instead, circle back for another try.

 

# 8: Learn how to dock a boat using fenders that are placed with precision. There’s more to this than merely hanging the fenders over the side; you need to judge where the boat will kiss a piling, and how to orient the fenders so they don’t get caught under the pier or swing freely above it. Position them properly and you’ll find that even the best boaters in the world can do a better job of damage-free docking, with the pressure-points protected.

 

#9: When docking any type of single-engine boat, always turn the wheel before applying power—not during or after. That way, you won’t get a blast of forward or reverse before the blast of port or starboard kicks in.

 

#10: Always apply short bursts of power, instead of steady power. This allows you to maneuver without building up a lot of momentum, which can quickly get out of control.

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Mercury Outboards

VERADO- SMOOTH, QUIET, AND POWERFUL
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Mercury Verado® is the pinnacle of superior outboard design and performance. Created to power the largest boats for the boldest adventures, Verado delivers advanced engineering and refined operation to boat owners who don’t compromise; every feature is designed to deliver the ultimate on-water experience, greatest confidence and supreme comfort. If you’re looking at Verado outboards, you expect your engines to provide the finest, most enjoyable boating experience possible.

Verado V8 outboards deliver superior fuel economy at cruising speed and wide-open throttle. Advanced Range Optimization (ARO) calibration precisely adjusts the fuel mixture and delivers the best possible efficiency at any speed. Verado V8 outboards are calibrated to deliver full performance on 87-octane fuel. Whether you’re heading up a swell or into a tight turn, Adaptive Speed Control on V8 Verado outboards automatically maintains the set rpm even as load or conditions change. That means you make far fewer throttle adjustments.

 

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