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Providing some electricity at the Minneapolis Boat Show

Posted: January 27, 2012 - 8:49pm
Brainerd Dispatch/Brian S. Peterson The Go Float Electric Boat booth proved to be a popular stop last week at the Minneapolis Boat Show.
Brainerd Dispatch/Brian S. Peterson The Go Float Electric Boat booth proved to be a popular stop last week at the Minneapolis Boat Show.

MINNEAPOLIS — It didn’t necessarily have the location. And it most certainly didn’t have the glitz of other boat-related companies at the Minneapolis Boat Show.

But the Go-Float Electric Boat booth did have the attention of a lot of show-goers.

Exhibitors included.

Jeremiah Mick, general manager of Bertha Boatworks of Pequot Lakes, had a front-row seat to all the show had to offer. From his location in Isle 1400 in the heart of the Minneapolis Convention Center, he surveyed the goings-on last Saturday afternoon at what was being touted as a bigger and better show than in recent years.

Then he pointed out a must-see at the show.

Go-Float out of Hopkins.

Turns out, sales reps from D.H. Docks & Tracks in Nisswa were running the booth as D.H. has made an initial order of six Go-Flow Electric Boats.

“It’s something different and new,” Chris Helsene of D.H. said of the electric-powered lake loungers. “They’re electric boats with a 30-pound thrust motor that run on 12-volt batteries and go 4 miles per hour. They’re a power paddle boat.”

Helsene said they were especially popular with kids and women at the show.

“All the kids like them. They’re like a bike — (the kids) are no longer locked into just hanging out with their parents,” Helsene said. “And the ladies like to get out and cruise. It’s an easy boat to work with.”

The boats are environmentally friendly and come in three main models, with a choice of one-seaters and two-seaters, retailing for $1,895 to $2,895.

“There’s a lot of different things you can do with them,” Helsene said. “They’re powered loungers. And you can get rod-holders so anyone can fish on them. They’re great for environmental lakes and small lakes. They’re not making any noise, they’re electric and they’re easy to transport — they’re light. The single-seater is about 125 pounds and the two-seater about 185 pounds.

“It gets you away from the dock so you’re not limited in how far you can cast. For kids that’s kind of nice. And once you paddle (a regular paddle boat) out and the wind picks up, you’re in trouble.”

D.H. will start writing orders for the boats during the Lake Home and Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Feb. 10-12.

“They’re pretty versatile. I think they’ll be fairly popular,” Helsene said. “They sold a few at the show — more than I would have thought. I would imagine they’ll sell pretty fast and we’ll get more.”

BRIAN S. PETERSON may be reached at brian.peterson@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5864. To follow him on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/brian_speterson. For his blogs, go to www.brainerddispatch.com.