Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gateway News - February 2013

- Seattle and Vancouver Shows Huge Success. Though overall traffic at both shows was down incrementally, sales and sales leads were up strongly for both Aspen and Gateway. The combined energy and marketing technique were quite evident in the Seattle display which had a much larger presence this year than last thanks to the combination of Aspen, Gateway, and input from investors and all who contributed. The power of sharing and working together was evident, it is a cornerstone of Gateway’s philosophy.

The Vancouver show was a test for Gateway to see if Canadians are willing to make the trip across the border and that was received quite positively. Again thank you to Aspen for the effort and for being open to the power of cooperation. We have many contacts to follow-up with and will be in touch shortly…

Gateway’s summer schedule is beginning to fill up, so if your goal is boating this season then acting soon is advisable. Demo rides are occuring now in the C90, and will begin shortly in Gateway’s new C100.


Through a massive combined effort, the Gateway/Aspen booth this year held a 100% full scale wood mockup with a picture display “How To Build a Boat 101,” an innovative Aspen C90, the Prototype Aspen C100 “Gateway II,” and nearly 300 square feet of custom wood decking made just for the show. Gateway played a large role in the C100, C110 investor relations, C110 mockup, and in setting up the display.

We believe this independently judged award substantiated the most innovative booth at the largest show on the west coast. Innovative way to build a boat, innovative boat, and innovative way to own a boat!

Thank you to all who contributed, a lot of long hours went into this year’s display.

- Aspen 32’ C100 Progress. Remarkably, the boat hasn’t even hit the water, yet Aspen has already taken seven firm orders for this tremendous new boat. That’s quite a feat in this economy, a real testimony to the innovation that Larry brings to his designs.
This boat will generate a lot of publicity… industry reporters are already calling this “The Perfect Boat” and are lining up to do test rides. Look for a flurry of activity in the coming months.

Gateway II is nearly complete, initial sea trials will begin within the next week or so. We’ll be scheduling demo rides after March 1st. I guarantee that this boat will be booked out for the summer, and Aspen’s production is already booked into summer, so if you want a shot at it this year, the time to act is now.
As a reminder, it is possible for current C90 owners to upgrade their share to this boat, either their whole share or as part of a Blendshare – please inquire if you’re interested. It may also be possible to use the C100 either in Open Time or by trading your Hard Schedule time on it. I’ll be checking out program owners as they have time. This is THE boat for fishing or crabbing, and converts into a clean and beautiful cruiser in minutes that has plenty of aft cockpit space for entertaining or Bar-B-Queuing with our new stainless Burnewiin mounts.

-Aspen 36’ C110 Progress: With another presale in the bag and a lot of interest from the recent shows, Aspen is just a couple more presales away from starting the large tooling project necessary to turn this mock-up into the real thing (can’t tell you how many jokes we heard regarding whether or not that type of construction will float).
Of course Gateway is the launch customer for the 36’ as well, and we also need presales to keep our commitment. Keep in mind that those who buy prior to construction will receive a large discount on their share price as then we don’t need to finance that portion of the acquisition and can pass that savings on.

The C110 is a very fun and exciting project. Nowhere else will you get the chance to have input into such a new and innovative design. This coming Monday my daughter Taylor, Scott Stoner, and myself will head over to Nordic Tugs to put the mockup back together. After that it will be available for showing Monday – Thursdays. I encourage everyone interested to make an appointment and come see it while there’s time to make input.

On Monday, March 11th, at Nordic Tugs we’re holding a C110 input session for investors and potential buyers. Please contact me if you are interested and able to make it. For those who miss it, let us know of your interest and we’ll schedule another date that works for you.

Upcoming Events

36’ C110 Input Session – Monday, March 11, Nordic Tugs, Burlington, WA.

Anacortes Spring Boat Show – April 5 -7. C90 & C100 on the water, come see them both and take them for a ride that will forever change the way you think about boating!

Trawler Fest – Anacortes, May 14 – 19. Largest show in Anacortes, includes many boating classes and other activities.