When people want to ride, all they need to do is call and their boat will be moved via forklift from storage to the water. When boaters arrive, keys are in the boat.
This option allows people to boat solo. Loading and unloading boats onto to trailers for traveling takes two people.
"We have single women who come by themselves as well as single men," said Graham. "They'll come get their boat, go for a ride and when it's over they drop their keys in the mailbox and go home. No sweat."
Since carrying the Chaparral line, they have sold about 25 new boats. In the last three years, they sold about 105 new and used boats all together.
"It's done pretty well for us," said Philip Mullins, who's worked at Trojan for about six years. He added the storage facility really helps the resell value of boats by about 15 percent.
Graham agreed, "As odd as it may seem, water and sunshine are kind of the enemy of your boat. If it's in our building, in the shade, high and dry, it lives longer."
Technology has helped Trojan Landing reach customers farther away.
"What's really doing well for us is online sales," Mullins said.
Right now, though, the boating business is gearing up for winter.
"These boats are water cooled like a car motor," Mullins said. "We've got to get all the water out of your engine block or else water freezes and expands, and that's not food for the inside of your motor."
Last year they winterized about 250 boats. From start to finish, smaller boats take about two days to do a full service winterization. Bigger boats take about three to four days.
Both Charleston Marina and Trojan Landing provide boat transportation. Mullins said more people kept their boats at places like Summersville Lake, where water levels are more consistent, this year.
Mullins and Graham would like to see more local boating events like Live on the Levee.
"Before fuel became so expensive people would gather in groups and take trips up the Ohio River for a weekend," Graham said. "That doesn't happen so much anymore. Boaters still want to go but they're not willing to spend the fuel it takes."
Graham added, "We're going to have a great summer next year. I'll be there every weekend."Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.