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    Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures!

    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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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Mark Perry)

    Very cool pics Mark!

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Mark Perry)

    Wow thats a real eye opener. Great pics

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Mark Perry)

    Mark, I always enjoy your posts but this was extra special. Thanks.

    Jake

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Jake Grey)

    Did you put your order in for a FX21 with a SHO while you were there?

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Mark Perry)

    Nice thanks for the post

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Mark Perry)

    Ditto what Mark says...I toured back in 2003. I was treated very well, met many people. The people who worked there are very nice and many of them have been working for Skeeter for a long, long time. My opinion based on what I saw is that it's a Big/Small company.

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Teamskeeter2005)

    <table width="90%" cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 align=center><tr><td>Quote, originally posted by Teamskeeter2005 &raquo;</td></tr><tr><td class="quote">Did you put your order in for a FX21 with a SHO while you were there? </td></tr></table>

    No, pretty happy with my 20i. That FX20 in the last few pics with the Lucky Craft wrap now belongs to a friend of mine. He bought it from KJ and they are taking the wrap off and giving it a once over before he picks it up.

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (5 keepers)

    <table width="90%" cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 align=center><tr><td>Quote, originally posted by 5 keepers &raquo;</td></tr><tr><td class="quote">Ditto what Mark says...I toured back in 2003. I was treated very well, met many people. The people who worked there are very nice and many of them have been working for Skeeter for a long, long time. My opinion based on what I saw is that it's a Big/Small company.</td></tr></table>

    Just good East Texas folks.

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Ky Z21)

    Nice. That's on the my list of things along with fishing Fork. One day i'll make it.
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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (fishin couillon)

    No doubt one of the best boats built and a great fishing platform....and also a good looking boat...that is what I like about them....



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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Mark Perry)

    Thanks Mark, I feel like I just spent an hour at the plant. The aluminum deck and supports and the rear tank placement is very smart!

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Duane Harper)

    thanks for the pics....was expecting to see some huge state of the art facility. seems quite a bit smaller than my expectations

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (blackknife)

    Awesome pics...




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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (wildkat7)

    That is a great Picture Documentary...Anybody gets near Kilgore, Texas needs to take a tour...Awesome people and want to show people how they build a boat with advanced engineering....

    Mark can I use some images on my website?

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Doug Vahrenberg)

    <table width="90%" cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 align=center><tr><td>Quote, originally posted by Doug Vahrenberg &raquo;</td></tr><tr><td class="quote">That is a great Picture Documentary...Anybody gets near Kilgore, Texas needs to take a tour...Awesome people and want to show people how they build a boat with advanced engineering....

    Mark can I use some images on my website?

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    Use all that you wamt. I know some owners will not get the chance to visit in person so maybe they can get to see it on your site.

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    Re: Skeeter Factory Tour-lots of pictures! (Mark Perry)

    Awesome photos Thanks for sharing.

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    COOL pictures, thank you for sharing

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