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To build boat houses, most lakeside homeowners turn to just one man

By J.J. Smith. Now that the Cities of Rowlett, Rockwall, Garland and, most recently, Heath have been allowing lakeside homeowners to build boat docks on their property, dozens of docks have been built all around Lake Ray Hubbard.

About 75 percent of them have been built by one person, Sam Jones, General Manager of Texas Marine Technologies. Jones said over his career he’s built over 300 of them, plus dozens more waterfront-related projects.

According to Rockwall resident Kevin A. Taylor, who was the project architect with HKS Inc. for the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, there are two main reasons.

“Sam has the best product and quality out there.”

“He’s also true to his word. If Sam says he’ll get it done, then he gets it done.”

The architect said because owning a home with a boathouse on Lake Ray Hubbard had always been his lifelong dream to create a great family atmosphere, when it came time to find the right person to build his boat house and a retaining wall with neighbors, he wanted to be sure he chose the right builder.

“Sam has a very high standard of quality,” he said. “He has a real good welding staff and they do a real good job of driving pilings down into a hard surface.”

He recalled that even when several of his neighbors who had their boat docks built by someone else needed warranty work done, they ended up calling Sam.

“Sam has been real helpful to my neighbors to make adjustments,” he said. “None except Sam responded quickly.”

Another Rockwall resident who knows something about construction, Cullen Pools owner Greg Cullen, agreed with Taylor about Jones.

“I’ve been building pools since 1972 and, as many people know, Cullen pools are top-quality and top-of-the-line here in the Metroplex.”

“Even though I’m pretty picky myself when it comes to construction, and work very hard to provide homeowners with exactly what they want, Sam has actually exceeded my expectations for building my boat dock.”

“His work, like mine, is based on superior construction and turns out very attractive.”

Since 1996, Jones has been known for setting the standard for building turnkey boat houses, complete boat lift systems, bulkheads and retaining walls on lakes across Northeast Texas.

He got his start building a boat house on Lake Brownwood for himself, next for his dad and then several neighbors. At that point he decided to build them professionally.

“I’ve always been very high on quality,” he said. “Although I build them the way my customers want, I take a lot of pride in them, treating them like they’re going to be mine, so I build them right.”

“When I finish a job I ask myself what else I would do if the job were for me and my family. Then I do whatever still needs to be done.”

“Before I built my first boat house, I must have looked at, under and above 40-50 of them on Lake Brownwood, talked to other boat house owners, plus several builders.

“When I compare those first boat houses I built with what we do now, I think there’s always room for improvement and I just keep looking.”

“I’ve just always tried to treat people the way that I like to be treated,” he concluded.

Judging from his sheer numbers and reputation, he’s done an excellent job of it.

According to Texas Marine Technologies president Eric Jones (no relation), Sam’s expertise and experience is what has propelled the Rockwall-based company to the top of the ladder of boathouse builders, offering a complete line of waterfront construction solutions. They build about 20 projects each year and focus exclusively on Lake Ray Hubbard and Possum Kingdom Lake.

He added that it’s Sam’s pride in his work that is the essence of their top-quality workmanship.

“We take great pride in the fact that we are the only company to guarantee that every project is built to the specifications in the professional engineer-stamped drawings, including pier depth and architectural-grade standing seam roofs.”

“That’s just the way that Sam works and has earned such an outstanding reputation,” he continued.

“We work closely with our customers throughout the planning, permitting and construction phases of the project, providing close supervision to ensure each job is being carried out properly and to the complete satisfaction for our waterfront clients.”

“Our quality engineering and proprietary design insures that our boat lifts will perform safely, quickly, and quietly while protecting your investment. Since each overhead boat lift and boat cradle is custom fit to your boat or pwc, you can rest easy knowing that your boat is safe and secure.”

Specializing in design and quality workmanship, Jones said he believes that Texas Marine Technologies offers the best quality products on the market today.

“All components are custom-fabricated to your boat or PWC lifts, factory-built in Rockwall and installed on site,” he said. “That means installation time and hassle are minimized and the whole process, from quote to completion, takes just three to four weeks.”

“Whether you are building new or renovating what is already in place, every project is customized to meet each customer’s complete needs.”

In addition to boatlift systems, Jones said the company offers a complete line of marine and dock accessories including PWC lifts from Demco and Tidetamer, EZ dock floating pier systems, Taylor made products, dock cleats and ladders, remote controls from TEC and Gem, cradle bunks from Snap Traxx and much more.

Architect Taylor and pool-builder Cullen said that Jones’ prices were also always in line with his quality.

“His prices are always very competitive,” said Taylor. “Of course, with boat houses and everything else, you get what you pay for.”

For more information, call Sam Jones at 214-681-1381 or visit www.texas-marine.com.

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