It’s been a little more than two weeks since the team at CTS Custom Trailers in Iowa rolled into town with several trailers to display at the Shootout on the Strip along Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark, Mo., and that roll has yet to slow since that rather warm Wednesday evening when thousands in town for the 35th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout gathered to get a glimpse of some of the coolest boats on the planet.
Jon Smiley, left, and Jason Curry put in a full day—and then some—representing CTS Custom Trailers during the Shootout on the Strip at the end of August in Central Missouri. Photo courtesy David Dilks/Lake Shots Photography
The amount of new CTS trailers on the street carrying center consoles and catamarans, including the company’s first tilt trailer it built for FASS Motorsports Fuel System owner Brad Ekstam’s 42-foot cat (pictured in the slideshow below), was a significant jump beyond last year’s Shootout on the Strip when CTS had a single trailer competing for attention along Bagnell Dam Boulevard.
“We were lucky to have one trailer there last year and it ended up being off to the side, but this year we were right down the main drag and the attention never stopped,” said Jason Curry, whose MTI 390X powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R engines was one of the boats in the CTS display. Curry added that the increase in business has led the company to expand its workforce and production capabilities, in turn leading to improved options not to mention patent-pending product designs.
Along with Curry, CTS vice president of sales Jon Smiley was proud to have a CTS trailer riding underneath the fastest electric-powered boat at the Shootout, the Vision Marine Technologies-powered S2 Power Boats catamaran that set a new record a few days later when Shaun Torrente drove it up to 116 mph on the three-quarter-mile course.
Check out the slideshow above for more examples of the variety of trailers available from CTS Custom Trailers.
Of course Smiley was indeed just as proud of the company’s other aluminum c-channel trailers on hand, including several built for MTI customers and one for a 38-foot Fountain Powerboats center console ordered by Big Thunder Marine.
Although they admit they needed a day or two to recover from the week of extreme heat and nonstop deal making in Central Missouri, Curry, Smiley and the rest of the CTS team was back at it taking orders and rolling out new trailers before it was time to break for Labor Day weekend. In fact, the company recently wrapped up trailers for Concept Boats, DCB Performance Marine, Formula Boats, Fountain Powerboats, MTI, Nor-Tech, Sunsation Powerboats and more. And just this week, CTS delivered a beauty for a Nor-Tech 390 Sport that features triple 7,000-pound axles from Dexter and Hydrastar USA brakes.
Curry also shared a few other notable trailer projects in the works, several of which will make for good speedonthewater.com stories in the near future.
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