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SEMINOLE, OKLAHOMA -- Looking for all the world like perfect boat customers themselves, Pam and Roger Parks look over a set of shiny brochures with some pride.

"Our plan is to visit every lake in Oklahoma," states Pam.

They already own a boat, and the business that makes them.

"It started with an idea," she says. "Just Roger and myself."

The Parks built their first bay boat in a back yard shed in Checotah, OK.

"Our office was our of our mobile home forever."

One of the new features they came up with at the time were fishing rod holders recessed into the fiberglass mold.

They actually got that idea from looking at a church ceiling.

"He was looking at the recessed lighting," recalls Pam

Roger says, "We got back home and I didn't go to the drawing board. I went straight to an engine box and and started drawing on that, and said 'I believe I can make this work'."

Step into their 135,000 square foot factory now and you might see as many as 70 boats in various stages of construction.

"We have the number one selling bay boat in the state of Texas," says Richard Parks.

The descendants of their first Blue Wave boat still come off the line with new ideas like swivel driving seats and custom colors.

Richard continues, "We have one of the toughest boats on the market."

One of Blue Wave's chief designers also happens to be the Park's eldest son.

He says, "I'm real proud of my parents teaching me how to build boats for the past 20 years."

The Parks moved into this plant in 2006.

These days their bay boats share space with Silver Wave pontoon boats.

The Parks' youngest son Steven sells as many of these as he does the Blue Wave line.

Pointing out a few of the Silver Wave's unique design features Steven says, "It's got a wake board tower with a great sound system,"

He opens a panel hidden in the side of a new boat and pulls out a cooler.

"You just slide out your ice chest here, suspended over the water and get anything you might want."

Steven continues, "It just made sense, when the opportunity came up, to start building pontoon boats we could sell right here in our back yard."

On a day in early March when most people were thinking more about skiing than boating, one Oklahoma family still had floating in mind, just like they have for most of the last quarter century.

If you're interested in learning more about Blue Wave or Silver Wave boats and the family that builds them go to http://www.bluewaveboats.com or http://www.facebook.com/bluewaveboats