It has been said that a family that “boats together stays together.” That sentiment has been evidenced over the past three generations by the family behind Fort Worth’s North Texas Marine.
Since the 1954 founding of North Texas Marine in Gainesville by Richard F. Wallace, the business of boating has been Wallace family tradition, passed from one generation to another. Part of that plan included the expansion to Fort Worth in 2001. Boating has served not only as a business for the Wallaces to serve boaters across North Texas and Southern Oklahoma, but also as a way to keep the family ties strong.
Brad Wallace, grandson of Richard F. Wallace, recalls, “My brother and I grew up going to the lake most every weekend during the summer with our family. Whether it was to go fishing, skiing, tubing or just enjoying time in the sun, we were on the lake together as a family. The great part about boating as a family is that it’s enjoyable for parents and children of all ages. Even independent teenagers can't resist the draw of heading out to the lake with their family.”
Bron Beal, executive Director of Fort Worth Boat Expo, says, “It is well-known that recreational boating gets people out of the house. Boating helps create a sense of community on the water. It promotes family fun time, forms bonds and creates memories that can be shared across generations.”
He continues, “There are numerous activities associated with boating (fishing, water skiing), skills that can be learned (knot tying, driving) and responsibilities involved (safety, mechanics). The Fort Worth Boat Expo is the place this spring to find out more about what’s happening on our 42 area lakes.”
The Expo will have hundreds of all new 2016 boat and watercraft models on display including the most elite bands of luxury pontoons, jet boats and sport boats in the industry. These boats are available for purchase from over 20 North Texas boat dealers.
Local Dealers include:
- North Texas Marine: Fort Worth
- Eagle Marine: Fort Worth
- Texas Mastercraft: Fort Worth
- Carey and Sons Marine: Granbury
- Fun-n-sun Boats: Cleburne, Hurst
- Freedom Powersports: Hurst
Thursday, March 17 3 – 8 p.m. (Free Admission)
Friday, March 18 3 – 8 p.m. (Free Admission)
Saturday, March 19 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall
3400 Burnett Tandy Dr.
Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
Cost & Ticket Information:
Children 16 and under are FREE
Tickets for the show are only available at the door
Parking is free of charge
Boating Brands Represented:
Bennington, Regal, Yamaha, South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba, Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Skeeter, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Clearwater, Veranda, Supreme, Starcraft, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White and more.
About The United Boat Dealers of North Texas:
The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produces boat shows to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area; bring together people with a common interest in boating; promote, further and encourage boating through education and outreach programs; and provide exhibitors with a fair and equal opportunity to conduct business with the general public.
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