Pontoon & Deck Boat

April 2018

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www.pdbmagazine.com Pontoon & Deck Boat April 2018 28 We've been fortunate enough to meet several entrepreneurs over the years as we witness firsthand innovative and game-changing products come into the boating industry. One of our favorite couples has to be Corey and Ann Schaub from LilliPad Marine. This hard-working duo are regulars on the boat show circuit and they arguably have the strongest calf muscles in the industry from bouncing on their LilliPad Diving Boards for hours and hours while displaying durability – both the boards and their own. Being hard-working is important, but if you don't have a quality product you won't last in any industry much less in the boating market. LilliPad Marine, who also manufactures other great products like its Marine Funnel, has never had a problem finding customers to endorse its products. In fact, it would probably be easier to find a brownie at a Weight Watchers convention than to find someone who doesn't absolutely love these diving boards. After being involved in many installs over the years on other boats I decided to see for myself what all the fuss was about and install a diving board on my own pontoon. I was already sold on the benefits, yet the journalist in me wanted to get some feedback from actual owners who have installed LilliPad diving boards on their own boats just to help confirm what I already know: if you own a boat you really should have one of these on it. "I think most people thought the concept of our diving board was cool when we first launched it, but most consumers are cautious of a new product," explains Ann. "Now that we've been in business for over four years it's satisfying to see just how popular these diving boards have become." A Must-Have Option When Chris Christensen purchased his 2016 South Bay 522RS his sales rep Brad Knebel suggested the LilliPad diving board, so it was installed before his boat ever hit the water. "Munson Marine in Fox Lake, Ill., installed it and I'm sure any person not named Chris Christensen could install it fairly easily," says the pontoon owner with a smile. "We're Chain of Lakes boaters and if the water temperature is above 65 degrees, somebody will be jumping off that diving board. Without hesitation I would recommend this diving board. It has exceeded every expectation from safety and durability to fun." DIY Project Mary and Craig Chase from Collinsville, Okla., have had a similar experience, except they installed the LilliPad board themselves on their 2015 Lowe SS230 pontoon. "My husband and brother-in-law installed our LilliPad and it was very easy to install and took them only about an hour to do it," recalls Mary, who started using the board back in 2015. Even though their home lake is Lake Oologah, they trailer their Lowe all over Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas while going to different lakes, so being able to stow it is a key feature. "It is quick to set up and take down LilliPad Diving Boards By Brady L. Kay What every boat needs…and don't just take our word for it Photo by Mike Skaff

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