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Performance Boat Center ‘Keeping People Working’

Though it’s far from the busiest time of the year at the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri, Brett Manire, who co-owns Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach with Mark Waddington, said it’s “in some ways business as usual” for the full-service multi-brand powerboat dealership. But business as usual has taken on new meaning for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for Manire and company that means adhering to all state-and-federal-prescribed safety precautions.

“We are very, very sensitive to this issue,” Manire said during a telephone interview this morning. “Of course, we want to keep our folks working but we are taking things extremely seriously.”

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Performance Boat Center is open for business—within defined safety guidelines and restrictions—and the team there is getting ready for a busy week. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

They’re also ramping up to-go food service from the Redhead Lakeside Grill which they’ve always offered but are particularly focused on given the social-distancing guidelines in place to battle the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Customers who wish to order ahead can reach the restaurant at 573-693-1525).

“People can order pizzas and wings or whatever by phone and pick them up dockside or curbside, and even stop by the outdoor Tiki Bar for a drink,” said Manire. “It’s 38 degrees here now, but it’s supposed to be in the 70s by mid-week.

“Folks are already getting out on the water,” he continued. “We had two service calls this morning. We have a couple of demos to do later today. Tyler Miller is out right now testing the new M-Con raceboat raceboat with (PBC staffer) Myrick Coil. All the shop guys are working. Life goes on.”

Manire said the entire Performance Boat Center team has been briefed and re-briefed on proper personal hygiene practices such as vigorous and frequent hand-washing with soap and hot water and distancing protocols in the workplace in the wake of the hyper-contagious virus. He also said they’ve “Lysol-ed every surface in the shop” and will continue to.

“We’re keeping our people working,” said Manire. “We’re a small, close-knit group. If we weren’t working, we’d be hanging out with each other anyway.”

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