In the Spotlight: FunTime Watersports
Last Updated on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:01am | Tourism & Recreation
"In The Spotlight" is a regular feature of The Lake-Front magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue.
Summer at Deep Creek often means one thing – enjoying the beautiful, clean waters of Deep Creek Lake. FunTime Watersports
offers a variety of ways for families to do that…with rentals of personal watercraft, pontoons, boat sales and service, along with Lake Tours to discover more of what our area has to offer.
Owner Bill Meagher opened FunTime in the summer of 2012 to fill a need he saw in the community. He started just renting personal watercraft (Jet Skis), but with the addition of sales and service, has slowly expanded to become a full service marina.
When Bill decided to offer pontoon rentals as an option for customers, he did a lot of research. He purchased some Godfrey Sweetwater Pontoons, the number one manufacturer of pontoon boats, to offer for Lake Tours and client rental. Last year, Bill was approached by them to become their area representative. He now offers a full line of Godfrey Boats, including Sweetwater, Aqua Patio, and SanPan pontoon boats for sale.
Godfrey has been manufacturing boats for over 50 years. “What I love about these boats is that even after 3,000 hours of use, they still look amazing. They are so well built and rock solid…they offer a high level of customer satisfaction. We are so excited to offer this service to our customers, to give them even more choices for boat sales and rentals,” explains Bill.
FunTime offers three full size pontoon boats (seating up to 12 people) and 13 WaveRunner jet skis (seating up to 3) for rental. They also offer lake tours by either pontoon or jet ski and are happy to customize the trip to the needs of each client. Customers can choose from “fast and furious to smooth sailing”. Rentals are available for one, two, three, four or eight hour increments and although walk-ins are welcome, reservations are suggested and appreciated.
In addition to sales and rentals, FunTime Watersports can service any style boat or personal watercraft you may own, regardless of where it was purchased. With Yamaha Certified mechanics and two service centers to choose from, FunTime offers reliable service and quick turnaround. They will even pick up and return your boat or watercraft directly to your dock!
Bill is also the owner of some of Deep Creek Lake’s favorite sweet treats – the ever popular Lakeside Creamery
, Copper Kettle Popcorn Factory
and the newly opened Deep Creek Donuts
. “I do things that I enjoy,” says Bill. “Renting boats and jet skis is fun. My goal is to make our property a destination – a place for families to have fun while vacationing at Deep Creek Lake.”
All of their boats are maintained weekly to offer a clean and safe experience for their customers. Pontoon boats offer comfortable seating and easy to use controls. And because safety is an important concern at FunTime Watersports, all renters are trained before being allowed to handle a boat or jet ski to help ensure proper usage of the water craft.
FunTime Watersports is open daily during the summer at 8 AM. They are located along Route 219 next to Lakeside Creamery. Be sure to check out their website at www. funtimewatersports.com for special offers. Call (301) 387-0725 for daily tour times and Rainy Day specials.