For Lake Arrowhead boat owners, Inland Boat Center's Lake Arrowhead Marina is not only a full- service center for meeting all their boating needs, it's also in their own backyard.
“We are the only (boating) service on the lake,” said Mark Dakan, owner of Inland Boat Center. “There are others that are off the lake, but we're the only service on the lake. Inland Boat Center has been servicing Lake Arrowhead residents for years and we truly understand their recreational boating needs.”
On May 20, 2012, Inland Boat Center's owners, Mark and Janie Dakan, took over operations of the Lake Arrowhead Marina and the snack bar, reopening it as Jake's On The Lake Cruisin' Cuisine.
With October rapidly approaching, Lake Arrowhead boaters need to consider winterizing and storage options, and Dakan said Inland Boat Center is offering a great package.
The company's winter storage special—from September 2013 through May 2014—includes pickup and delivery to your dock, mechanical inspection, bottom cleaning, a thorough interior cleaning and winterization.
“We winterize every boat we store, including draining the exhaust manifolds, the heater, and anything that has potential for a freeze problem,” Dakan said. “We don't drain the fuel, but we add a fuel stabilizer. We clean the bottom, and if the customer wants (the boat) buffed, we do that, and we vacuum the compartments.”
Inland Boat Center also shrink wraps every boat it stores, Dakan said.
“Yes, I like to shrink wrap a boat,” he added. “And I always put a vent in the shrink wrap. It keeps any dust from entering the boat, and it keeps it that much cleaner.”
Dakan also places moisture absorbing material in the boat to help inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. “We don't want mold,” he said. “And we don't shrink wrap the boat when it's wet. We let it thoroughly dry. After we clean the boat, we do the annual service, and empeller change, then put it to bed for the winter.”
Boats at the Lake Arrowhead Marina are stored inside the stacker building, also known as the boat barn.
“It's pretty big,” he said. “It has five levels of storage for boats.”
Inland Boat Center's winterizing and storage rate is $1,800, Dakan said. For pontoon boats and boats with towers, add $100. Dakan also has what he calls a “Whaler special” for Boston whalers up to 14 feet. The rate is $800.
“That includes everything, including winterizing,” he said. “There's no other charge. And with our storage (service), we do not charge late fees or penalties if the amount is not paid at any given date, and we will do payment plans at no additional charge, if the customer needs that service.”
At Lake Arrowhead, the boat barn can only accommodate boats up to 22 feet, but at Inland Boat Center's Perris location it can handle boats up to 26 feet, or larger.
“Every boat that (customers) want stored inside is stored inside,” Dakan said. “We are the largest indoor storage facility in Southern California.”
Inland Boat Center also services, buys and sells boats.
“We have seven mechanics on duty, between both facilities, and we can handle any type of repair that a boat owner might need, and we don't have to (subcontract) it out,” he said. Mechanics are Volvo Penta and MerCruiser certified.
“We are a full-service shop at both locations, and we have in-house upholstery, fiberglass and gelcoat repair services,” he said.
Inland Boat Center also has a large selection of new and pre-owned boats for sale, with the largest selection at its Perris location where they have a 2.5-acre indoor showroom. “We have between 250 to 350 boats for sale in our inventory,” he said. They also offer consignment sales, and will buy boats.
The Lake Arrowhead Marina also offers a marine parts and clothing store, offering everything from ski vests, life jackets, water skis and wake boards, to ropes, hats, Coozies, flags and anchors.