There are many boat, dock and pontoon ladder manufacturers and distributors in the USA. We will list some of the more well known brands below. Our sister company produces ladders in Foshan China, imports to the USA and distributes directly to the OEM boat builders such as Forest River Marine, South Bay, Berkshire, Xcursion, Smokercraft, Sylvan, Crest, Apex, Manitou, Avalon and more. We take the quality and knowledge we have learned from supplying the OEM builders and applied it to our aftermarket line of boat, dock and pontoon ladders. Our goal is to bring the highest quality ladders directly to the end user without middle men or drop shipping. We are not afraid to tell you our ladders are made in Asia. Almost every ladder from every brand has it's roots in Asia. If the ladder wasn't fabricated in China there is a good chance the tubing came from South Korea or China, many USA manufacturers will fabricate the handrails or other large components in the USA and import the stainless steel telescoping portions and do final assembly in the states.
62 YEARS MADE IN THE U.S.A.
2014 marks the 62 year anniversary of the founding of Garelick Mfg. Co. Now a national leader in innovation - our founding principles have remained the same. Our company was built on the principles of offering quality products backed by integrity, innovation and service, today, we take great pride in the fact these strong principles remain at the foundation of our mission.
DON'T SQUEEZE IN, EEz - In!
Our trade name EEz-In is derived from the expression "Don't squeeze in, EEz-In" It refers to how much easier it was to board a boat from the water with use of our original product. This was the concept when we developed the first lightweight double hook boarding ladder for the recreational marine industry.
In 1978, the Windline brand began as a small garage operation with one patented product. Building on that success, today the Windline brand of products is designed, manufactured and sold by Lobostar Inc., from its 75,000 square foot facility in Southern California.
Windline’s real explosion into the marine market came with the first telescoping boarding ladder. This transformation propelled Windline onto the specification sheets of every major boat manufacturer. The superior engineering and clean design quickly replaced 95% of all the former designs, creating a new industry standard that continues today.
Our main asset is our ability to custom fabricate your ideas into a product that is superior in quality and performance. We encourage your engineering team to call upon our professional staff to customize products that will make your boat stand above the rest.
All of our standard products come with a lifetime warranty and are made in the USA. This allows us to gain an advantage on importers with lead times and specification changes. In addition, buying from a domestic supplier helps with the “Green Initiative”. Stainless Steel is a natural, non-toxic and 100% recyclable material. Carbon emissions are greatly reduced when avoiding container shipping. We employ 304 and 316 stainless steel that is electro polished to attain a spectacular buffed finish.
Boats have always had the power to inspire people. They have been the impetus behind countless songs, paintings, works of literature and early retirements. West Marine’s founder and chairman, Randy Repass took his passion for boating, channeled it into a prosperous business and revolutionized the way people shop for boating supplies.
What has become the world’s largest boating supply retailer started modestly enough in a garage in Sunnyvale, CA. Mr. Repass saw an opportunity to improve the way people shopped for boating supplies. According to Mr. Repass, he was frustrated by the experience of shopping in local chandleries for the parts he needed to outfit his modest daysailer. “Boat supply stores in those days were usually dark, disorganized places staffed by a couple of salty, but indifferent clerks who preferred swapping sea stories with one another to helping customers find what they came in to buy.” In 1968 he began selling nylon rope by mail order under the name West Coast Ropes. Occasionally, adventuresome customers would even drop by to pick up their orders in person.
“I decided from the beginning that I wanted to take care of people,” says Mr. Repass. “The high-tech industry I had been working in didn’t provide me with an effective way to do that. But the boating industry gave me the opportunity to really enjoy my work and interact with customers who shared my interests. I was having a blast and building a business at the same time.”
The first West Coast Ropes store opened in Palo Alto, CA in 1975. Besides carrying the quality rope the business was built on, the original store stocked a small selection of basic boat supplies including anchors and fenders. Though the selection was meager at first, the service was outstanding. “We were, and continue to be, a company of boaters helping fellow boaters. From salespeople to top-level management, our associates are intimately familiar with the boating needs of our customers,” says Mr. Repass. “We believe that it’s just as important to offer knowledgeable service and support as it is to offer top-flight products.”
West Coast Ropes
As more and more customers discovered the store, they asked for a wider variety of products: antifouling paint, cleaners, electronics, safety equipment, foul weather gear and the like. The staff listened and the product line grew. In 1977, the company acquired some of the assets of Boston-based West Products, a well-known mail-order business, and changed its name from West Coast Ropes to West Marine Products to reflect its expanding selection. In 1978, West Marine introduced its own wholesale division, Port Supply. This allowed the company to sell products directly to boat yards, charter fleets, boat dealers and government agencies.
Buoyed by the success of the first store, West Marine began adding others all over the West Coast, both through acquisition and expansion. By 1987, there were 15 stores with a growing assortment of marine products.
To better represent West Marine’s growing product line, it was decided to present the Company’s entire selection in one comprehensive, easy-to-reference volume. In 1987, the Company introduced its first master catalog— 330 black-and-white pages packed with boating gear.
In the fall of 1991, West Marine opened its first stores on the East Coast in Florida and Maryland. More stores followed in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Then in 1993 the company went public under the symbol WMAR on the NASDAQ exchange.
In 1996, West Marine merged with one of its oldest and most respected competitors; E&B Marine. West Marine marked another milestone in 2003, by acquiring the retail and catalog divisions of long-time competitor BoatU.S. Dynamic expansion continued and West Marine opened their first of five franchised stores in Istanbul, Turkey in 2008.
West Marine opened the biggest boating store in the U.S. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2011. This 50,000 sq. ft. store, not only had an expanded selection of core boating products, but it offered a large selection of footwear, casual and technical apparel for those who enjoy being out and on the water. Customers’ responded positively to the larger store format where they could get everything they needed for a great day out on the water, in one location.
Today, West Marine is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with over 300 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The company now carries more than 75,000 products, ranging from the rope that started it all, to the latest in marine electronics, technical apparel, footwear and accessories. In addition to its retail stores and Port Supply wholesale divisions, the company serves water lovers in more than 150 countries worldwide through its mail order and Internet divisions.
Throughout the years, West Marine has continued to rely on outstanding customer service, selection and quality as its anchor and that’s been the secret of its success.