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What are your hours?
Summer hours are Monday-Friday 8-5. Saturday 9-1
Winter hours are Tuesday-Friday 8-5, Saturday - Sales by appt only
What engines do you work on?
- Mercruiser (2000 and newer)
- Volvo Penta (2000 and newer)
- Crusaders, Raptors, Indmar, Ilmor (2005 and newer)
- Suzuki (4 strokes only)
- 4 strokes
- 2 strokes newer than 2000
- 4 strokes
- Verados are maintenance only, no major repairs. Visit your servicing dealer for all major repairs.
- 2 strokes - 2000 and newer
- Optimax - 2003 and newer
- We do not service Evinrudes or the older engines with a Ford block.
Do you work on jet skis or PWC's?
Yes! We do basic maintenance, winterize, impellers and wear rings on four strokes. We do not look at electrical. We would recommend you take it to an OEM dealer for any electrical repairs. Services are limited to winterize only for two stroke jet skis.
Do you sell boats?
Yes!! We proudly sell Centurion and Supreme wake boats, Manitou pontoons with patented V-toon technology, Landau pontoons, as well as Suzuki engines - The Ultimate 4 stroke. We also take trades and a great selection of used inventory.
Do you have consignment sales?
Yes! We require the boat to be at least 2005 or newer (some exceptions made), checked over by our shop, personal belongings removed, and cleaned up. Our consignment fee is 10%.
Do you sell/service docks and lifts?
We do not sell or service docks and/or lifts. We also do not have parts available for docks or lifts.
Do you store boats?
We do! However current available storage spaces are limited and reserved only for customers who have purchased a new/used boat from Sodak's Marina.
Do you store trailers?
Yes, in the summer we store trailers inside for $100 for the entire summer. If you need your trailer out, we ask for at least a 24 hour notice. Trailers requested on Saturday will be out on Monday. You do not need to have a winter storage spot with us to store your trailer in the summer.
Do you detail boats?
Detailing is limited only to new/used boats purchased at Sodak's Marina.
How much is a tune up?
A tune up varies greatly from engine to engine. A complete can consist of plugs, cap and rotor, timing, impeller, oil change, and more. Most of the time when people request a tune up it is because the engine is running rough. That does not mean we need to do a complete tune up. We'll look at the fuel, plugs, battery connections, cap/rotor, etc. It is very important to have engine information (year, model, serial number, and problem) readily available when you call to schedule an appointment.
Do you sell parts?
We do have parts on hand to sell over the counter for Mercury/Mecruiser, Suzuki and a limited selection of parts for Volvo Penta, Yamaha, Indmar, PCM, and Ilmor. Serial number is required before we can look up any parts. We do not give installation advice on parts sold over the counter. If you are uncertain about doing it yourself, I would highly recommend scheduling an appointment with the service department. All electrical or opened parts are non-returnable.
Do you perform warranty repairs?
Yes! We do warranty work for any unit we have sold at Sodak's Marina. If you purchased your unit elsewhere we would suggest calling your servicing dealer first for any warranty repairs.
Do you make lake calls?
We only do lake calls for units we have sold at Sodak's Marina. In the occasion that your boat was just in the shop and having the same issue, we may make an exception. We always stand behind the work we provide and try to resolve the issue in the most effective way possible.
Do you have a towing service?
We do not have towing available. If you break down on the water, first call your servicing dealer, as they know your boat/engine best. Next, find a neighbor/friend who can tow you to load your boat on trailer. Try not to tow boat back to lift if at all possible. Repairs are always done more effectively and efficiently when the boat is at service shop.
Do you sell accessories?
Yes! We have many accessories on hand! Tubes, life vests, surfboards, kneeboards, ropes, fenders, props, cleaners and much more!
Do you have boat rentals?
We do not have any rentals. Unfortunately, there are currently no private/operate yourself boat rentals on Lake Madison.
Do you have financing available?
Yes! We are able to get the best interest rates with up to a 15 year loan.
Are there any hidden fees when purchasing a boat?
We like to be transparent about everything. The only fee we have is a $40 documentation fee. No setup fees. No hassles. We want everything to be simple.
Do you do vinyl or canvas repair?
We do not do seat or vinyl repair. We also do not repair bimini tops or covers.
Do you work on trailers or tires?
We do trailer repair such as lights, pack wheel bearings, replace bunks, etc. We do not do tire repair, we would suggest going to a tire shop for any tire repair.
How do I find the value of my boat?
There are several tools available online such as, NADA or Kelly Blue Book to assist you in finding the value of your boat. You can also check Craigslist or marketplace to check your areas market value.
How do I summerize my boat?
If your boat was winterized at Sodak's Marina, we make it as simple as possible.
- Hook up negative side of battery or turn on battery switch
- Before going out the first time we suggest firing up on the trailer in the water or with water muffs on.
- Install hull plug if applicable. We put them on the keychain in a baggie.
Do I need to winterize my boat?
Yes! Sterndrives, inboards, and jet skis definitely need to be winterized. There is a lot of damage that can be done to the engine if not winterized properly. If you are unsure how to winterize yourself, I highly recommend taking it to a professional. It's an average of $5,000 if not winterized properly.
Outboards should also be winterized. The lake water can be very corrosive on the internal components. This is also a great time to get the oils changed to ensure all maintenance is up to date.
Do you install troll motors and depth finders?
We do. Price depends on location, wiring, and mounting of transducer. However, we do not fix depth finders or Minn Kota troll motors. We install only.
Do you do fiberglass repair?
We do not have fiberglass repair in our shop. We would recommend going to a body shop who is competent in gel coat/fiberglass repair.
My windshield broke. Do you replace the glass?
We do not. If the straight piece broken, you could have a glass specialist fit and replace. If the curved portion broke you need to contact a dealer for your boat. Most companies do not have windshields for more than 7-10 years prior.
Do you do transom or floor replacement?
We do not replace the wood in transoms or floors.
What do I need to be legal on the water?
In South Dakota you need to have your boat properly licensed and registered as well as:
- A life jacket for each person on board
- Throw cushion
- Fire extinguisher
- Horn or whistle