Platter Boat Shop on Platter Dike Road in Platter helps keep boats in tip top shape and safe for the lake.
Lake Texoma is full of all kinds of boats from all types of people from all over the United States.
Those boats must be kept in safe working order to keep boaters happy and safe.
Roger Hair and his apprentice Billy Derryberry work 5 days a week to keep boats running.
They take Sunday and Monday off to enjoy the lake themselves with their family.
Hair started his boat shop as a labor of love.
His wife Jennifer is happy he’s doing something he loves.
She said, “We have fun and he has fun working on boats.”
Hair said his typical customer is the outboard or inboard boat owner.
There are so many types of boats, each requires a special skill and experience to keep it working.
There are speedboats, fishing boats, pontoon party boats among others.
Jet skis aren’t as popular as they once were.
Hair said, “We don’t service Jet Skis anymore. We do service 1980 and up boats.”
Many boat shops will not service anything older than 2000 models and won’t service boats they aren’t dealers for.
Hair can fix them all.
He said, “We like to service inboards and we like to be 1985 and up. It’s easier to get parts. We stay away from international engines, and service mostly American brands. Mercury, Yamaha, Johnson/Evninrude are our specialty.”
Hair said, “We will always try to help out anyone restoring an old boat. But, a lot of times parts aren’t’ available so we have to go to a machine shop to make parts. We do look at other alternatives too. There are ways to get around that but it’s more expensive to repair a boat from the 1960s or 1970s.”
But Hair said they can do it.
They can get any job done.
Hair’s apprentice is Billy Derryberry and is learning the trade from his mentor.
Hair has boats in his blood.
He said, “I’m 39 and my first boat I worked on as an apprentice, I was 19 years old. I’ve been working on them ever since.”
He’s decided he liked the Platter area so that’s where he settled in his business.
Hair said, “We’ve been here going on 6 years. We started in 2012, we worked on a few before then, but we became an authorized dealer to work on boats then.”
He said everyone has a specific need when they pull up to his business.
Hair said, “They need quick and easy fixes. If a water pump is out, they need an impeller and we stock most of the impellers to get them going. Most owners find themselves in a pinch with just simple fixes. They left a boat plug out. They need a plug. They may need and fitting from last years winterization. They need fuel additives.”
In August, many don’t think about winterizing, but it must be done later in he year to keep your boat in prime condition.
Hair said typically the time of year to winterize your boat is last week of October.
He said, “Bring it in, we’ll winterize it for about $150 dollars.”
He said that way, you’ll be ready next year.
That can be something many boat owners forget to do and when it’s time to go out the next year, there can be problems.
Hair said, “You need to change fluids on your boats. Bring it here and we will get it well taken care of.”
Hair has a family of entrepreneurs like himself.
One of his daughters Kayla Hair, creates sweet masterpieces in the line of specialty cakes.
She has her own business Sweet Tooth Bakery, also at Platter.
The Hair’s are putting Platter back on the map with their family businesses.
Keeping a boat safe is most important for families on the lake.
Hair says about safety and taking routine precaution, “Make sure your plug is in your boat. Make sure you have life jackets. Make sure e you have an oar. Make sure your fire extinguisher is charged.”
Hair said “keep a good one on board, it could save your life.”
“If you don’t have a horn, get a whistle. You may need that,” he said.
Generally people forget about the square life preserver.
It’s the one needed if someone falls in the water, and you throw it out to them.
Hair said, “A lot of folks remember their life jackets, but forget that life preserver.”
He said he loves Lake Texoma and that’s why he set up here.
He’d tell anyone to come visit the lake.
He said, “It’s a huge lake. Stay away from the banks 200 feet to be safe. You don’t want to hit anything underwater. If the water is below 615, get a depth finder. Play it safe and have fun on Texoma.”
Crappie on Texoma are world famous.
Fishing tournaments are held every year on what used to be one of the biggest lakes in the country.
Hair said, “The Striper fishing is phenomenal. My brother’s been a fishing guide here for over 30 years. Brian Hair Striper Guide does really well. He always catches fish. He guarantees fish.”
Anytime of year works for fishing on Texoma Hair said. “Fishing fires back up in mid November.”
Hair said, “If you come to Texoma from anywhere, you’ll find fun things to do on the lake.”
Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or email@example.com