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#5192424 - 08/12/10 06:55 PM Skeeter Factory Tour- lots of pictures
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Registered: 01/09/04
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Loc: Haslet, Texas
I had the pleasure of getting a Skeeter Factory Tour this past Tuesday and it was a fun experience. These tours are open to the public and are free. They offer them Monday thru Friday from 10:00AM till 2:00PM. Expect to spend about an hour minimum and they walk you through all phases of the boat building process. The Skeeter plant is located just off I-20 in Kilgore and I would call ahead to make a reservation. One thing that really stood out is how nice and friendly the people are that work there. I saw at least 80-100 employess and all I came in contact with treated me great. I also noticed how much them were seeming to have in building the boats and each one seemed to care about the quality they put out. I came away even more impressed than I already was about the brand. You always hear how the "big" boat companies do not build as quality a boat as the smaller ones but from what I saw I have no doubts the Skeeter folks care about what they build.
Right now they are putting out close to 40 boats per week with about 5 of those being bay boats and fish/ski models. The rest are bass models. The plant is climate controlled so they cam manipulate the curing process of the fiberglass and let me tell you it is a HUGE facility. As you can see from the pictures they had no qualms almost to the point of insisting I take pictures of some of their trademaerk type builds. Anyway here are the pictures. Enjoy.

http://s318.photobucket.com/al...0Tour/
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#5192510 - 08/12/10 07:35 PM Re: Skeeter Factory Tour- lots of pictures [Re: Mark Perry]
GarySHO Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
Posts: 10373
Loc: Haworth, Ok
bouncyI took one a few years ago also. It is very interesting. You can get some first hand knowledge on what and why they do certain things that make Skeeter a great boat.
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#5192515 - 08/12/10 07:36 PM Re: Skeeter Factory Tour- lots of pictures [Re: Mark Perry]
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Registered: 06/13/09
Posts: 823
Great pics-impressive factory. Don't you think they should slip a motor in your vehicle just for taking the tour? Yeah right

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#5192597 - 08/12/10 08:10 PM Re: Skeeter Factory Tour- lots of pictures [Re: capnbeak]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 35930
Loc: Houston, TX
banana

That last boat in the photos is my new rig. Wait til you see it without the wrap. We'll be at the TFF/Champs Slam later this month thumb
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#5192618 - 08/12/10 08:16 PM Re: Skeeter Factory Tour- lots of pictures [Re: fouzman]
David Lee Offline
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Registered: 03/25/02
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Loc: burleson, tx.
Cool pics.thumb
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#5193226 - 08/12/10 11:54 PM Re: Skeeter Factory Tour- lots of pictures [Re: David Lee]
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Registered: 01/29/08
Posts: 17462
Loc: Flower Mound, Texas
I grew up in Kilgore and have made the tour numerous times. It is very cool and if you are ever out that way stop in a take the tour. Nice pics.
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