Mike Hood has built quite a reputation in Houston as the man to see about a boat propeller. He is well known to both sal*****er and freshwater fishermen and boaters.
Mike has been repairing boat propellers for 30 years. He opened Mike Hood’s Marine Propeller Service, located in Houston near Hobby Airport, in 1971. Here he can service the sal*****er boaters from the Galveston area and the freshwater boaters from Lakes Clear Lake, Fayette County, Conroe and Livingston. In fact, through boat shows and word-of-mouth advertising he has attracted customers from all around the country.
In the late 1970’s, Mike tried to bring his famous boat service a little bit closer to the North Houston/Conroe area by opening a second shop in Spring. The timing couldn’t have been worse, he says, and the energy crisis and the general recession that followed forced him to close his doors. “People didn’t have time or the money to enjoy themselves then. It was a hard time for all of us.”
Nineteen-eighty found the Hoods, Mike, his wife Pat and their son, Michael, living on Lake Conroe. They lived near Highway 830 for 14 years until last year when they moved to the Hobby Airport area. All three would brave the Houston traffic every day to go to work at their Telephone Road store.
Mike and his staff of 12 mechanics, salespeople and service technicians provide complete propeller repair, sales and service. They sell and service outboard, inboard and outdrive props in aluminum, bronze and stainless steel. They are a factory authorized dealer and repair station for Volvo, Mercury Marine and OMC Corporation boat propellers. They also sell and service Alumacraft, Tracker and OMC Corporation’s Starcraft and Monarch boats under factory authorization.
The shop also does aluminum welding and repair of aluminum boats and lower units. They straighten shafts on inboard and outboard motors, rudders and struts.
Mike is a distributor of Michigan Wheel, Power Tech and Sierra engine parts. He formed his own distributing company three years ago called Marine Parts Unlimited. Sales Manager John Yager was very instrumental in directing the creation of this company. His wife, Pat, is the President of this company, which is located at the recently purchased property next door. This distributorship does wholesale business only.
Mike helped create the National Marine Propellers Association two years ago. This association was formed to try to improve the quality of boat propeller repair by providing repair certification. A boater in need of prop repair should always look for this certification before dealing with a prop repairperson. Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors of this group.
Mike is also President of the Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston. This group was formed in 1950 and puts on three boat shows in the Houston area each year: the Summer Boat Show held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Watergate Boat Show held in Galveston Bay and the January Boat Show held at the Astrohall/Astroarena, which is by far the largest. Representatives of the BTAMH can be found in Austin lobbying for boating issues.
Ken Lovell, the Executive Director of this organization, describes the group: “Our goal is to promote the boating industry in the Houston area. We’re always concerned with safe boating issues along with legislative and regulatory issues that affect our industry.”
I met Mike and Pat at Houston’s January Boat Show. They both were very busy and full of information. I think the show will prove to be a great success for them. According to Pat, “Boat shows are our best form of advertisement.”
Looking back on ‘94, Mike says it was a very good year. “In 1994, I really saw the economy take a turn for the better. And, unfortunately, it has been so bad for so long.”
As for 1995, Mike foresees a great year. “People are happier this year and want to start enjoying their lives. I can see only good things happening for the boating and fishing industries, and our shop in particular.”
– Lake Mohave
– Lake Mohave