NEWS AND EVENTS
I am pleased to announce that Ultraskiff Inc. will be exhibiting in it's very first trade show at the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Florida on Sept 12th - 13th 2015!! We will be selling our floor samples, let us know if you
want to reserve a boat before the show!
Well we just had our first month as an operating business. We sold about 40 boats this month so far. Not too shabby since I have YET to spend a single dollar on advertising since day one. But obviouly now that I finally have a manufacturer I am confidant in and excellent quality control I can now start promoting and getting the word out. So far our customers all love their boats and I have been posting their pics they send me on Facebook and on the customer pictures page in our gallery. It;s exciting and really nice to actually have money coming into my business account instead of out for the first time in 5 years!
Ready, Set, Go! This is the start and first Email of our mailing list!
We are finally ready to start selling boats!
It has been a while since I have updated everyone. I know that people started emailing me last June and I apologize for not keeping everyone up to date on the Ultraskiff but I really have not had any great news to announce until now. I noticed a lot of people were frustrated that they couldn't get product after our production runs failed last year so I decided to stop promoting online and lay low until we knew we were ready. We are now basically picking up exactly where we left off. I am sure many of you bought something else or don't have the budget this year for it, but that doesn't mean that you can’t follow us into next year.
The creative process and complexity of successfully manufacturing this unique design has been the biggest challenge so far. These problems are common with new products and you have to have the determination and resolve to work through them towards the goal. We ended up with a 33% scrap rate last year and just could not get consistent plastic thicknesses during production runs. After our third run and exhausting all available options we decided to shut things down last fall. We had to bring in outside manufacturing experts and move our molds from FL to GA and then to TX. Our manufacturing base is now in Gainesville TX, about an hour north of Dallas. The boats now mold perfect just how we always hoped they would.
There is a lot of new information on the website. The F.A.Q. page has been a project of mine ever since I was flooded with questions about the boat last year. I think I have covered all the bases. One of my main focuses in writing the FAQ is to give you a really honest portrayal of the boat. I read every email and I think I have all the information on the page now to help people make a good educated decision whether or not this boat is right for them.
I made a new main instructional video and added several new demonstration and customization videos. Now that I am going to start promoting and marketing again, I will begin to post new fishing videos from my ever growing collection of footage.
I know a lot of people want to actually see one in person first or try one on the water first before buying, which is very understandable. But we don't have dealers yet or samples out there for trial. So I would say wait until we build our dealer network in the off-season and keep track of our progress as we grow.
Its been a long winter and spring as we moved operations and made mold alterations. We were successful in fixing all the problems and are finally ready for a re-launch!
10/14/14 After selling 25 prototypes it has become evident that we have an unsustainable scrap rate and need to find a new manufacture and manufacturing process.
9/24/14 The Ultraskiff 360 will be in it;s very first saltawater fishing tournament this saturday 9/27/14. The weigh-in is at 3 p.m. at The Getaway bar at 13090 Gandy Blvd N, St Petersburg, FL 33702. We will be doing demos as well after the weigh in!
9/21/14 Wew! The first 13 Ultraskiffs have been sold. There are now 4 in TX, 3 in LA, 2 in TN and 4 in FL. Thanks to all the road warrior who drove all the way to FL to pick up the first boats. I know alot of you are waiting and I am working hard to ramp up production. Waiting to get my next 13 any day now. Check out our new Customer Pics and Testimonials page to see how everyone is enjoying their boats. We also just shipped our first boat direct from the factory. Packaging and shipping has been a challenge but the finish line is near!
9/1/2014 Good morning! I have not been inshore fishing on the skiff since May, I decided to take the summer off so I could focus on getting these boats on the market. I have been planning to start fishing again Sept 1st. So yesterday I decided to skip all the labor day/opening of snook season crowds and do a little relaxing Bass Fishing at Walsingham Reservior in Largo FL. I couldn't of been more impressed, hats off to Pinellas county for doing a great job managing the health of this lake and park. There were bait schools, minimal vegetation and excellent water quality. I was catching 2 to 4 lb bass consistently throughout the heat of the afternoon. The Ultraskiff was a blast throwing crank baits off the casting stool, it took me back to the first summer fishing off this concept in NJ tearing up small lakes and ponds: An application the Ultraskiff 360 really excels at. As the temperatures start to drop I'll be out their fishing more frequently. Anyway, hope everyone had a great labor day and a fun summer!
7/11/2014 Wew what a crazy month it has been. The new main introductory video went viral and is currently at 275,000 views! Orders and inquiries for boats came pouring in and the phone rang for about two weeks straight. To say I was not expecting that kind of reaction would be an understatement. At the same time I'm trying to service everyone who is contacting me and explain why I do not have enough inventory. Things look like they are going to get rolling very soon, I can't wait to kick it into high gear!
I recently had a professional fisherman (Glen Pla) demo the boat for the first time on The Average Angler television program and website. This program is featured on Baynews9 and Brighthouse Networks Channel 47. There website is awesome and you can always access their programming, informative segments and fishing trips by visiting http://www.baynews9.com/sports/fishing.html.
I though it was an important part of market testing this product to have someone accredited use the boat. I couldn't be more thrilled at how it went. Make sure you tune in to Brighthouse sports networks channel 47 HD 1147 exclusively on brighthouse networks at 8pm Sunday July 20th to see the episode air live!
6/7/2014 Come and test drive an Ultraskiff and see for yourself! We are offering free demonstrations and demos of the Ultraskiff 360 at a Marina/Restaurant in Tarpon Springs Florida. Simply message us through our contact form indicating you are interested in seeing and using the boat for yourself and we will email or call you back and schedule the demo. Boats are already being reserved for those you have left a deposit, so hurry up and get on board to get an Ultraskiff 360 at a great price direct from the manufacturer.
6/7/2014 Here we are, its time to finally have a product launch! After spending over a year working the kinks out of our molding process and tweaking some boat features the Ultraskiff 360 is finally launching and inventory should be readily available in before the start of July 2014. We have completed a new Demo and instruction video and have a collection of high quality Go Pro fishing videos. After releasing these videos the response has been phenomenal! People are really excited about this new design of watercraft! We are getting calls and emails every day from people wanting to purchase boats, we are now offering free demonstrations of the boat to anyone willing to come to a location here in Tampa Bay Florida.
We had a long delay due to some manufacturing issues but we are back on track for production going into 2014. Reserve your Ultraskiff 360 and lock in discounted prices direct from us before they hit stores! Thanks to everyone who is waiting for boats for your patience!
10/25/13 First Website launch!!
Here we go!! After years of work the Ultraskiff 360 is finally released! Hope you all enjoy! Please give us feedback and help us evolve!