In Memory

A couple of months ago, we said goodbye to a great man. On June 7, 2018, Louis “Kayo” Erwin Sr. passed away from this world into the next. He was a friend to all who knew him, a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was also one of the last remaining U.S.S. Indianapolis Survivors.
Mr. Erwin lived most of his life in East Ridge, Tennessee. This month, the city of East Ridge named a portion of Ringgold Road after him to honor his memory.
Mr. Erwin’s Daughter, Sandy points at the road sign that reads ‘Louis “Kayo” Erwin Highway’

Now, every time we drive down this stretch of road, we will think of Mr. Erwin and his friendly, gentle nature, his smile, and his brave service for our country. We will never forget him.

Chattanooga Area 4th of July Fireworks

CHATTANOOGA FIREWORKS – All times shown are local (Eastern) time zone.

This list is provided for informational purposes only.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Huntsville Area 4th of July Fireworks

HUNTSVILLE FIREWORKS – All times shown are local (Central) time zone.

This list is provided for informational purposes only.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

#SeaRaySummer Open House

Experience our #SeaRaySummer Open House as we celebrate the Summer Boating Season!

Friday, June 29th, 9a-6p (EST) and Saturday, June 30th, 9a-4p (EST) at Erwin Marine Sales, Chattanooga.

Get ready for your best Summer ever!

  • Several models to choose from

  • Sea Ray incentives

  • Low interest rates

  • We want your trade

PLUS

  • A wide variety of new pontoons, sport boats, cruisers, & yachts in the water & our showroom

  • New wake boats on display

  • A huge selection of pre-owned boats available

  • In-house financing & insurance

  • Ask our Certified Sales Team about manufacturer’s incentives

  • On-site dry storage at Chickamauga Marina

  • On-site Service & Parts department

Don’t wait – #SeaRaySummer is already underway!


AND it’s the final week to save up to $8k on HeyDay Wake Boats!

Heyday Summer Sales Event
Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out Sale Extended
*Offer good through July 6, 2018, and is available only at participating dealers. Savings cannot be used as a down payment or combined with other offers. Offer excludes WT-Surf. See Sales for details.

Browse our inventory at erwinmarine.com.

For details, call or text us at 423-622-1978.

Sail on, Sailor

Today, we lost a true hero and one of the kindest, most loving people.
This morning, Louis “Kayo” Erwin Sr. passed away peacefully at home with his son, Kayo Erwin Jr. and daughter Sandy Erwin. He was 93-years-old.

 

He was known to many around Erwin Marine Sales and Chickamauga Marina and was always quick with a smile and a kind word.
Mr. Erwin survived one of the most tragic events in American Naval history with bravery and courage. He loved telling his story and sharing first-hand with those who wanted to learn more about his survival of the historic event. But if there was one thing he could pass along to others, it was the importance of grasping the moment with happiness and a smile. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
The family will be accepting friends for visitation at the Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN on Monday, June 11, from 2-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 12,  from 2-4 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12that Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel.
Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

more information


“Sail on Sailor into your unaccompanied tour,
we salute you.
What greater honor, when a man moves forward,
he leaves behind in each of us
the best of what he was.
Those of us who remain behind
will continue to remember,
because he now resides forever in our hearts.”*

*Passages from “The Old Salt” poem by Mac McGovern

 

Louis Kayo Erwin Obituary

Chattanooga’s FIRST-EVER Surf Competition

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Erwin Marine was excited to host the FIRST Surf Competition in Chattanooga!

Sponsored by HeyDay and Phase 5, the competition was a huge success with competitors from all over Chattanooga and surrounding areas.

The event was held on a beautiful, busy Saturday on Chickamauga Lake. We started with a kids’ competition. They had a blast and wow, these kids can shred it! We have amazing talent here in Chattanooga!
First place of the Youth Division went to this awesome surfer girl, Kate Rogers. Here she is with her brand new Phase 5 surfboard! Congratulations, Kate!
The HeyDay WT-Surf was busy all day with beginner and intermediate surfers. Some of them made it look so easy and effortless. Even the wipe-outs looked like fun!
Did we mention this is the FIRST surf competition in Chattanooga?
Our driver, Ben Dorton of HeyDay, did a killer job through the heat of the day and the sometimes crazy traffic in the lake. And we couldn’t have asked for a better team of judges than Keisha Bentley of HeyDay and Drew Danielo of Phase 5. They had a really tough job. In fact, they really had to put their heads together to chose the winners.
In the “Beginners” Division, First Place went to Robert Kirby.
The First Place Winner of the “Intermediate” Division was Kevin Cook.
At the end of the day, win or lose, new friends were made, everyone had big smiles on their faces, and had a little fun on the water. All-in-all, the day was a big success!
If you missed the competition this year, don’t worry. We are already working on next year’s event! If you want to be sure not to miss out on it, keep up to date by filling out the form here.
We would like to offer a huge “Thank You” to all who made this event happen, especially Keisha Bentley and Benjamin Dorton of HeyDay, Drew Danielo of Phase 5, Michael Porter and Bryan Summers of Erwin Marine. And thank you to all of the competitors and spectators for showing up and being patient with us for our first run of this surf competition. We had fun and we hope you did too. Next year will be even better and we welcome your suggestions to make it so. Thank you!

Erwin Marine Sales Recognized in the Marine Industry CSI Dealership Award Program

We are so excited to announce that Erwin Marine Sales was a recipient of 2017 Marine Industry CSI Dealer Awards for the following:

In Tennessee – for boat brand(s):

Bayliner  |  Sea Ray  |  Harris  |

In Alabama – for boat brand(s):

Sea Ray  |

 

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who for allowing Erwin Marine Sales to be your boat dealer and giving us the best reviews in the industry. And we are thankful to our dedicated employees who love living the boating lifestyle every day.

To learn more about this program by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), visit boatsatisfaction.com.

 

Welcome the boating season at our 2018 Spring Boat Show!

April 20-22, 2018 at Chickamauga Marina by the Dam

Erwin Marine invites you to join us for our Spring Boat Show to welcome the boating season!

Friday & Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (EST)
Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)

What to expect at the show:
– A wide variety of New pontoons, sport boats, cruisers, & yachts in the water & our showroom
– New Wake Boat Brands on display
– A huge selection of pre-owned boats available
– In-house financing & insurance
– Ask our Certified Sales Team about manufacturer’s incentives
– On-site dry storage at Chickamauga Marina
– On-site Service & Parts department

Browse our inventory at erwinmarine.com.

Check out other boating events coming soon!

Safe Boating Events

We also know that boating safety is the most important part of making sure your day on the water stays stress-free and fun. Erwin Marine Sales offers boating instruction and education classes throughout the year. Details can be found on our event calendar at erwinmarine.com.
We would like to make you aware of these upcoming safety classes designed to educate and make you more comfortable at the helm and be the best (and safest) boater you can be.

 

FREE Locking Class

Our Spring Locking Class (originally scheduled for March 24) is coming up on Saturday, April 7th.
At this free event, you will learn all about locking through the Chickamauga Dam Locks…. what to do and what not to do.
Come Boaters, one and all! The class is Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon EST
This is a FREE event but you must REGISTER!
What to expect: Meet @ 9:00 a.m. at the Erwin Marine Sales (Showroom) located at Chickamauga Marina.
The class is all about locking through and is taught by the Lockmaster of Chickamauga Dam and our seasoned Captains here at Erwin Marine.

This class is perfect for the new boater and an excellent refresher course for the more experienced. There will also be plenty of chances for Q & A.
Space is very limited.

Register today by calling (423) 622-1978 or email amoreland@erwinmarinesales.com.


America’s Boating Course

The Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron (CSPS) will be teaching the United States Power Squadron America’s Boating Course on Saturday, Apil 7, 2018, and again on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The cost is $40.

America’s Boating Course includes:
  • types of boats and their uses
  • boating laws, both federal and state
  • safety equipment, both required and recommended
  • finding your way, and adverse conditions
  • communications
  • trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics

 

The class includes a final examination that satisfies the TWRA Boating Safety Class requirements.  If you need a TWRA issued boating safety education card, you must purchase a $10 boat safety Type 600 Exam Permit from any business (licensed agent) that sells hunting and fishing licenses (Wal-Mart, Academy Sports, bait stores, marinas, etc.). The receipt from this transaction is your “ticket” to take the exam, and you must bring the exam “ticket” to the examination administrator (required only if you want to obtain a TWRA boating safety education card).  The exam permit fee is in addition to the class fee.  The permit will not be available for purchase at the class site.

For additional information or to sign up for a class, e-mail Bob at csps.signup@gmail.com

THE LAW – Tennessee residents born after January 1, 1989, must have in their possession, a TWRA issued boating safety education card showing proof of successful completion of the TWRA administered boating safety exam if operating a boat or personal watercraft alone.  Non-Tennessee residents, born after January 1, 1989, must show a certificate from any course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Sea Ray ® named Boat of the Year and Wins Big at Miami International Boat Show

Reposted from: Sea Ray

You know the name. You know what it means in the industry. Now it’s being honored by one of the most influential names in the business. Sea Ray is proud to announce the Sea Ray SLX 400 won the most prestigious award in the sport boat industry: Boating Magazine’s Boat of the Year. This award is the latest in a long line of accolades awarded to Sea Ray by the most prominent members of the global boating industry.

“We tested more than 130 boats during 2017, assessing their safety, performance, innovation, and place in their categories,” said Kevin Falvey, editorial director, Boating Magazine. “This ‘cruiser’ handles nimbly at 40 knots, makes a great weekender, and boasts many design innovations, not the least of which is the expandable swim platform known as the swim terrace. Dedicated stowage for a stand-up paddleboard is just one example that reflects a builder in touch with the current wishes of many boaters. Boatings Boat of the Year is the most prestigious honor awarded to recreational boat builders. For 2017, the Sea Ray SLX 400 joins the pantheon of great boats that can claim the title of Boat of the Year.”
“We are thrilled, and honored Boating Magazine awarded the Sea Ray SLX 400 Boat of the Year,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “We are dedicated to quality, craftsmanship and inspiring families and the next generation to love and appreciate boating as much as we do here at Sea Ray.”
In addition to being recognized for Boat of the Year, Sea Ray received multiple additional awards at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious boat shows. Additional awards include:
  • Inboard Express Cruiser – Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award
  • Best Sales Promotion, #SeaRaySummer – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
  • Best Website, New Configurator, Design Your Sea Ray – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
  • Best Video, SLX-W 230, in partnership with MarineMax – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
With the recent wins in Miami and the prestigious Boat of the Year award, Sea Ray, the most awarded boat brand in the world, continues their reign as top in class. Sea Ray is proud to have won the most editor’s choice awards and the most product quality awards in the industry, including the following accolades in the last 12 months:
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer CSI Awards (Sales)
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer Marine Industry CSI Awards (Customer Satisfaction)
  • SLX-W 230 Wake Sports Boat, Top Product Award – Boating Industry
  • SLX 400, Innovation Award – National Marine Manufacturers Association
  • Retail Marketing Initiative Award, Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement
  • Brunswick Distinguished Safety Award

“Not only have our boats been awarded year-after-year, but the industry also continuously recognizes our customer service and customer experience, as our recent wins at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show prove,” said Scott Ward, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts. “Sea Ray is proud to have won the coveted National Marine Manufacturers Association award for excellence in customer service. Our dedication to customer experience, along with our focus on providing boaters with the best boating experience available on the water today, is our focus in 2018 and will continue to be as we grow in the future.”
Sea Ray is continually recognized for its dedication to delivering a superior boating experience to every member of the family every time they are on the water. Sea Ray’s goal of building a lifestyle that redefines the boating experience is made obvious through each model’s premier craftsmanship and richness of finishes, combined with decades of expertise building the most sophisticated sport boats, cruisers and yachts on the water, and the company’s unwavering dedication to customer service and community. Sea Ray truly is more than a boat, and industry insiders continue to notice.

Check out the presentation here:

For more information about Sea Ray, and to view the complete lineup of award-winning models, please visit searay.com.

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ABOUT SEA RAY 
Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world’s leading manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 19 to 65 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle — each built with a unique commitment to quality, 
craftsmanship and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at http://www2.searay.com/e/47872/2018-02-28/6krwgf/317892514.

ABOUT BRUNSWICK 
Headquartered in Mettawa, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s leading consumer brands include Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land ‘N’ Sea, Kellogg Marine, Lankhorst Taselaar, Payne’s Marine and BLA parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern boats; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group and SCIFIT fitness equipment; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit http://www2.searay.com/e/47872/2018-02-28/6krwgk/317892514