Apex Marine

  • Manufacturer

    Apex Marine

  • Category

    Pontoon Boats

  • Company Location

    Saint Louis, MI, United States


  • apexmarineinc.com

  • Apex Marine is the world's leading manufacturer of compact and electric powered pontoon boats with innovative designs that offer an uncompromising blend of quality and comfort. Our boats are ideal for use on smaller lakes, electric only lakes, horsepower restricted lakes and ponds. They are easy to trailer, easy to maneuver, and uniquely adapted to small outbaords or electric drives. Consider the luxury of a Qwest LS model or explore the features and affordability of our Qwest Adventure and GillGetter models. With the widest selection of floor plans and options, we are certain to have a compact pontoon boat to suit your lifestyle. START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY- COMPANY HISTORY The original Gillgetter compact pontoon boat was manufactured in the summer of 1990 by Mellinger Boats, and consisted of a pair of 15" diameter pontoons with a 4' x 8' deck that was furnished with two swivel fishing seats. The vessel was originally designed as an affordable two person fishing boat with tiller steering that could be easily trailered and possessed the characteristics of a pontoon boat. As demand developed for the compact pontoon concept, the Gillgetter line expanded to include several models with 6' and 7' widths and lengths ranging from 10 to 20 feet. Gillgetter pontoons quickly earned a reputation for sound construction. In February of 2003, Apex Marine acquired the assets of Mellinger Boats. Mark Dupuie, owner and president of Apex Marine, helped develop the original dealer network for Mellinger and was anxious for the opportunity to acquire the company. Dupuie also owns American Soft Trim, Inc., a company that manufactures OEM and aftermarket marine seating products. With Apex Marine at the wheel, the goal was to build on the solid reputation Gillgetter had earned, expand the dealer network, and explore new markets for compact pontoon boats. While the overall construction of the Gillgetter line remained the same, immediate enhancements were made to improve the cosmetic appeal and incorporate the upholstery products and experience of American Soft Trim. Apex set out to build the best "Little" pontoon boats on the market. Apex Marine realized significant growth justifying the acquisition of a larger manufacturing facility in March of 2005. The new facility not only allowed Apex to double their manufacturing square footage but it also provided space to integrate the operations of American Soft Trim. Eventually, it provided room for additional support staff and automated production equipment including a water jet cutting system and full time engineer. Apex Marine remains unique by focusing solely on the compact pontoon boat market. In 2006, Apex pioneered this market with the introduction of the Qwest line. The Qwest line was designed for those who need or want a smaller pontoon boat but desire high end furnishings. This was the first and remains the only luxury compact pontoon boat. In the future, look for Apex to continue its focus on the compact pontoon market. Plans for new markets and new products are already in the works.

  • THE WORLD LEADER FOR COMPACT PONTOON BOATS Exceptional Quality We believe that quality is value. Meticulous fits and finish, the best welds, exceptional customer service — in our world, these are not options. We listen to our customers so that we can design and build better pontoon boats. Boats that are practical, user-friendly, aesthetically appealing and meant to last. We are proud of our partnership with vendors such as JBL, Infinity, Humminbird and Shaw. But we're happiest when we can share our quality with you. Advanced Manufacturing Using the latest technology and attention to detail, we are able to focus on quality control and accurate production. All upholstery, tubes, walls and components are designed and manufactured in-house — part of the reason Apex outperforms the competition. Progressive Ideas We believe that innovation is our identity. Our vision continues to position Apex as a pioneer of progress in the recreational boating industry with unique products like our Qwest line of luxury compact pontoon boats, Paddle Qwest ponton paddle boat and our new Fusion high-performance, triple tube package. Innovation is part of who we are. Exclusive Features Apex boats feature a unique, light-weight design that promotes easier towing and maneuvering without sacrifice to safety or stability in the water. We are the only manufacturer to build and incorporate components that are proportionally sized to offer the maximum amount of usable space in a smaller pontoon. We believe every boat is important and build all models using only superior components such as fiberglass helm stands, extruded aluminum C-channels and M-brackets, Deutsch waterproof wiring connectors and deluxe upholstery with our exclusive Ultra-Flow seat bases.

  • Qwest LS Qwest Adventure Qwest Edge GillGetter Angler Qwest Paddle Qwest

Manufacturer Information


Business Phone

(877) 463-0356

Business Address

300 Woodside Dr
Saint Louis, MI, United States