Vortex End of the Season Sale

posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:27 PM by Magnum Boating   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 6:27 PM ]

          • 2016 models only
          • 5 YEAR EXTENDED ROTAX ENGINE PROTECTION COVERAGE
          • 5 YEAR COMPONENT COVERAGE 
          • on the spot REBATE
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In-Water Show

posted Apr 3, 2016, 9:59 AM by Magnum Boating

Drive and Decide

New generation jet boat helps family make freshwater family memories at SML -by Jerry Hale

posted Jun 19, 2015, 6:46 AM by Magnum Boating


This family’s love affair with Smith Mountain Lake has been brewing for some time, but it got really intense just a year or so ago.

Mollie Ledford had enjoyed family boating on Long Island Sound off the coast of Connecticut during her childhood years. But in ’74 she left home to enroll as an education major at Lynchburg College and, she says, “…soon decided Lynchburg was where I wanted to stay.” 

Now a preschool teacher at Peakland United Methodist, she spent 11 years with Lynchburg city schools prior to the birth of son Brice Mayhew, who has since become another Lynchburg College alum and now works for a financial planning firm in AltaVista.

“Brice began coming to SML with his father and sister when he was 10, visiting family and friends who had weekend places,” she said. “Later, we came on our own; it was so much closer than going back to my old family vacation haunts in Maine.”

Last summer, she asked Brice to find a place where they could spend a week together enjoying a relaxing vacation. A water sports lover eager to get into wakeboarding and wake surfing, Brice chose a condo at Bayside on Becky’s Creek.

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“We rented a boat,” Mary said, “and got to experience the lake as pals just hanging out together. It was magical…and I saw potential to create a lifetime of wonderful memories here for me and Brice and the rest of my family.”

So some condo shopping got inserted into that vacation and turned up a ground level unit at Mariner’s Village that was fully furnished and offered a nice view. “We could do this,” Mary concluded after running a few numbers and discussing with husband Tom.  

With an offer on the condo made and accepted, a new lake property owner was created—as well as a prime prospect for a boat purchase.

Finding the right boat

Eager to help with the boat-buying decision, Brice began on-line boat shopping--evaluating various boat designs, checking prices, reading reviews. Hearing of the approaching 2015 Roanoke Boat show, he and his mom decided to meet in Roanoke to check it out.   

Much of what they saw at the show was out of their price range, so they subsequently visited some marinas looking for used boats. Tim and Caroline Wray at Magnum Marine showed them some nice I/O bow riders, but Mary had some reservations about used boats.  Then Tim suggested they consider the Vortex, Chaparral’s new-for-2015 line of water sport tow boats designed around modern jet-drive technology and priced well below towing-purposed inboards and IOs.

“The Vortex line (20, 22 and 24 footers) is designed for the enjoyment of wake sports,” Brice said. “New hull design, great seating for observers, cool colors and graphics, awesome sound system, digital speed control and wakeboard tower included.”

Brice’s further research vindicated the Vortex design. “These Chaparral jets are altogether different from the early jet boats,” he learned. “Gas consumption is down; they create decent wakes, handle better around the dock.  The digital speed control is even pre-programmed with different acceleration curves for skiing, wakeboarding and surfing pull-ups.”

“Chaparral did a lot of consumer research to design the Vortex line,” noted Tim Wray, owner and principal of Magnum Boating, Inc. on Morewood Road near Westlake Corner. “The goal was to put as many premium towboat features as possible into a mid-priced line of boats and they did it.  Plus, jet drives are simple, easy to maintain and relatively inexpensive. They offer a lot of handling plusses and the safety advantage of no exposed prop to threaten riders. No-haggle pricing is published in the brochure, and there’s a standard 3-year warranty included.”

A nicely-equipped 20-footer is quoted at $34,456; the tricked-out 224VRX with twin jet drives is up around $60,000—still less than half the sticker price of 23-foot inboard towboat.

But while the money part made sense to Mary Ledford, it’s the memories part that thrills her most.

“On our first day as boat owners, we did dinner-by-boat at Chopsticks,” she said. I posted a photo of Brice and me with the caption, ‘The tradition continues on fresh water with this generation!’ Having fun on the water is in our blood—a ‘Blast from the Past’ and a ‘New Beginning,’ all in one!  It doesn’t get any better than that!”

June 12-14 DRIVE and Decide

posted May 16, 2015, 9:39 AM by Magnum Boating   [ updated May 16, 2015, 2:26 PM ]

June 12-14, Magnum's In-Water Show
All brands in the water including the new Chaparral Vortex.   
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ONE stop shopping at Magnum Boating! 

Opening soon at IP...DockIT Grille and Bar...Indian Pointe Marina

posted Apr 7, 2015, 6:41 PM by Magnum Boating   [ updated Apr 11, 2015, 8:36 AM ]

DockIt Grille and Bar will open at IP this season.  We are super excited about the great new family place with family ideals.  Details on exact dates will be provided.  It's an all American cuisine.  I've seen the menu and it's going to MORE than FLOAT your boats......Late April/Early May soft opening.  Stay tuned for details...logo...and menu.........................next post 4.14.2015.  Dock It's Facebook Page

Baby it's cold outside, but the Chaparral Vortex is HOT!

posted Feb 13, 2015, 4:47 PM by Magnum Boating

Chaparral NEW Surf NMMA Innovation Award
....And The NMMA Innovation Award Winner Is Chaparral's New Vortex Aerial Surf Platform. 
Watersports will never be the same. Get Behind Us. Watch in HD.
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Zero Down: 50th Anniversary Warranty: Click on picture to get details!

posted Jan 31, 2015, 11:51 AM by Magnum Boating

Zero Down

Gen 2 Surf system

posted Jan 31, 2015, 11:44 AM by Magnum Boating

Gen 2 Surf System Video

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A SYSTEM IS BETTER THAN A SINGLE DEVICE

THE GEN 2 SURF SYSTEM IS THE INDUSTRY'S FIRST CUSTOMIZABLE SURF SYSTEM. WE ARE THE ONLY COMPANY THAT DOESN'T HAVE A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL SOLUTION (WE'RE LOOKING AT YOU, SURF GATE. AND YOU TOO, NSS).

THE GEN 2 SURF SYSTEM CONSISTS OF 4 PILLARS:

  • The individual boat hull
  • The ballast system (including tanks, plumbing and placement)
  • Software to control it all
  • A wake shaping device beneath the transom that sculpts the wave

Each Gen 2 Surf System is designed for the individual boat model it’s paired to, so it works far better and creates waves that are cleaner, larger, longer, and have more push at all lengths.

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