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News, events & info to enhance your boating lifestyle... June 2011


Join Us this Weekend for Holiday Fun in Starved Rock Country…

If you’re looking for a fun-filled Independence Day weekend in or near the water, join us on the river here in Ottawa!  A holiday weekend full of activities is planned – the more the merrier! 
Launch your boat from premium boat ramps at Heritage Harbor Ottawa located about a mile from Quest’s facility. From there you'll find easy, uncrowded access to 12+ miles of beautiful, wide-open boating. Whether cruising or kayaking, make a day or a weekend of enjoying beautiful shoreline, sand beaches, rock cliffs (including Starved Rock and Buffalo Rock State Parks), hideaways and multiple food & beverage destinations. Special weekend activities include:
Saturday, July 2
  • Quest Watersports Dock Days of Summer, 10am-4pm at HHO Marina.  See new & pre-owned boats from 20’-40’ on display & take a test ride in our selection of Hobie Kayaks.
  • USCG Vessel Safety Inspections, 10am-4pm at HHO Marina
  • Live entertainment by Bag Shot Row, 5-8pm at Tracy’s Boat House, HHO Marina
Monday, July 4
  • Ottawa’s 4th of July Christmas in July, 4:30-8:30pm downtown Ottawa.  Enjoy food & live entertainment, benefitting kids in need at Christmastime. 
  • Ottawa’s Fireworks Display, 9pm/dusk.  Plenty of seating at Ottawa High School…or even better from your boat! 
Click here for more details on these activities, or call us at 815/433-2200. 
Quest Watersports is a full-service boat dealer offering new, used & brokered sales as well a a full lineup of boating services.  We're located in the heart of Starved Rock Country, only ninety minutes from downtown Chicago…much less from many suburbs!  Consider this your personal invitation; call or drop in at Quest Watersports anytime and we'll be happy to guide you to the best spots along the river and throughout Starved Rock Country…
Jeff Heimsoth, Owner 

Quest Express Adds Chaparral SSi models to Fleet...Unlimited Usage for Boat Club Members!

Quest Express is proud to have expanded its fleet of Member Boats by two!  We’ve just launched two brand new, 2011 Chaparral 206 SSi models for unlimited usage by Quest Express Boat Club Members.  Strikingly styled & engineered to perform, these beautiful runabouts will amplify the fun enjoyed by Club Members.  Complete with wakeboard towers, both boats are fully capable for boarding, tubing & skiing.  And rated for 10 passengers, they offer plenty of room for friends & family.    
Discover Quest Express Boat Club's the newest & easiest way to boat!  Quest Express is a membership-based boating program, providing members with unlimited access to a fleet of club boats launching from Heritage Harbor Marina.  It’s a great option for new boaters, those looking to try different types of boats, or those seeking a predictable boating budget or just a simpler boating experience.  It’s easy…book a boat online and we’ll have it ready & waiting at the scheduled time.  You drive the boat...we do the rest!!!
Why join Quest Express?
  • Unlimited boat usage for a low annual membership fee
  • 24-hour online reservation system
  • Freedom to entertain family, friends or clients
  • No boat loan, slip/storage fees, insurance or maintenance costs 
  • No per-use charge; pay only for the fuel you use
Quest Express Memberships NOW AVAILABLE!   Find out more...see our FAQs and email Linda or call 815/433-2200. 

Fishermen, Check this Out - Hobie Pro Angler!

Functional, maneuverable…and stealthy!  Simply put, the Pro Angler is a no-nonsense fishing boat. Powered by Hobie’s exclusive Mirage Drive pedaling system, you can “go shallow” to reach places other boats can’t.  And whether you power up using Hobie’s optional Torqueedo eVolve drive, or rely on the standard Turbo Fins, you simply won’t find a quieter way to sneak up on the fish. 
The boat’s fishing specific hull form offers great stability, and its deck design is packed with the essentials – from an easy-to-reach cutting board, to the adjustable Cool Ride Seat, to space for 13 Plano® tackle boxes – for hundreds of perfect days afloat. The Pro Angler carries six of your rods in its horizontal rod stowage area, and its voluminous bow and stern lockers and on-deck storage provide an impressive 600-pound payload.  All this, and the Pro Angler is super-easy to transport - in the back of a truck, on top of your car, or even down the trail with its optional built in cart system. The perfect boat for all fishing environments, from farm ponds to lakes to the open ocean.
Test drive a Pro Angler or other Hobie Kayak at Quest Watersports’ “Dock Days of Summer” event this Saturday, July 2, from 10am-4pm at Heritage Harbor Marina in Ottawa, Illinois.  Or visit our Ottawa showroom, click to compare Hobie models, email Jeff, or call us at 815/433-2200 to learn more or to schedule a private showing or demo!  

Featured Boat: 2009 Four Winns 358V

This boat is immaculate, and with only 15 hours it's a shame we can't call it "NEW".  MerCruiser Twin 377 MPI (2x320HP), Bravo III with AXIUS System / DTS.  Other Four Winns options include central vacuum, upgraded & factory installed E series Navigation Package w/radar, plotter, depth, sirius weather, large swim platform, deck sunpads, heat/AC, 5kw generator and much more...priced to sell quickly at $199,900!
You'll be the envy of all on this 358 Vista.  Even at rest, this beauty looks like it's in motion. The driver will feel right at home at the dual adjustable helm seat with flip-up bolsters and passengers will enjoy the U-shaped stern seating ideal for friendly conversation and watching TV from the mounted flat screen around the removable cockpit table.  The 358 cabin features the same detail, quality and luxury as the cockpit.  A screened companionway door leads you to the spacious cabin below complete with cherrywood cabinetry in the galley.  The two elegantly designed doors lead to a private aft stateroom for guests and a  spacious tiled head with separate shower. 
Click here to learn more, email Linda, or call Quest Watersports at 815/433-2200.


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