About BoaterRated
June 1, 2011

It's a common quandary...you need work done on your boat but don't know who to trust with your pride & joy. Where do you turn? - BoaterRated.com - Where Boaters Speak is a "Virtual Dockside" where boating enthusiasts gather to share and rate their experiences using local boating businesses. Fellow boaters can then use this information to make informed decisions when selecting businesses to help them buy, sell, maintain or repair their boats.

"There are lots of companies and individuals offering quality services to boaters, and we've personally found it challenging to find quality providers," said Carl Schellbach, Partner of BoaterRated LLC. "You can walk down any dock, ask boaters you see 'Who does a good job?' and you're likely to get several completely different answers. So how do you choose? The investment made in people's boats, both in time and money, deserves better research tools. Until now, there hasn't been an easy-to-use, objective, no-cost source where boaters could turn to find consensus. BoaterRated.com's 'Virtual Dockside,' with its one- to five-star ratings and reviews, is just that place."

BoaterRated.com also offers marine businesses the opportunity to expand the reach of their customer referrals. Successful businesses recognize the importance of recommendations to generating new business. Many companies are posting testimonials on their own websites. BoaterRated.com offers an easily searchable, objective option for boating businesses to get their services in front of customers ready to commit.

"What has more credibility?" Mr. Schellbach asks. "A testimonial posted on a company's website, or a helpful boater's review posted on BoaterRated.com, a completely independent and objective site? We don't make judgments about businesses - businesses can't buy a favorable rating from us, they'll earn it from their customers. We simply offer boaters a vehicle to share with and learn from the experiences of other boaters. Marine businesses can leverage our platform to get that 'dockside buzz' by asking their customers to post their reviews to BoaterRated.com using tools we provide at no cost. As the site grows to include more areas covered, more users, more businesses listed and claimed, the value for everybody on the Dockside will grow too."