Some of Heidi Moore’s fondest memories were spent on Lake Lanier.
As the general manager of the new Gainesville business, Skier’s Marine Atlanta, she aims to share her passion for boating and inspire families to spend more time on the water.
“One of the reasons I love what I do is because I had somebody tell me that you only get 18 summers with your kids,” Moore said. “I want people to know that some of the best memories you can make with children are on the water.”
Skier’s Marine Atlanta became operational in March. Now that it has gained a customer base and has packed boats and pontoons on its 3-acre property, Moore said the business is ready for a grand opening.
The grand opening will take place Friday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 3 at 1209 Hillside Gardens Lane in Gainesville next to Gainesville Exploration Academy. Moore said Skier’s Marine Atlanta will offer incentives for boat gear and discounts on its boats during this time.
Rett Tyler started the first Skier’s Marine Inc. as a family-owned business in 1995. Since then he has opened three locations in Alabama, one in Chattanooga and the newest in Gainesville with his sons Ryan and Chad.
Skier’s Marine Atlanta sells and purchases ski and wake boats, in addition to providing maintenance and repairs. The business offers boats from MasterCraft, Supra, Moomba and Chapparal, as well as pontoons from Sylvan. The Gainesville location currently has a staff of nine and plans to hire more.
Moore got her start in the industry at 16, selling boating accessories at West Marine. She now has 19 years of boating business experience under her belt, and is looking forward to make an impact in Hall County with Skier’s Marine Atlanta.
Like Moore, its employees all take part in the boating lifestyle.
“We want people to obtain a boat at a price that we’re willing to pay,” she said. “But more importantly, we want to give them a place that’s customer centered and focused. We care about building our relationships, not just about selling boats.”
For more information about Skier’s Marine Atlanta, visit skiersmarine.com or call the Gainesville location at 470-228-5001. Its hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday.
Skier’s Marine Atlanta grand opening
When: Friday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 3 during hours of operation
Where: 1209 Hillside Gardens Lane, Gainesville