Our origin in the recreation powersports business began in the spring of 1994 when Shawn started SK Jet Ski Rentals by renting two personal watercraft to a fraternity at Oregon State University.
The business grew from just one fraternity to include all the fraternities of both Oregon State and U of O, and then onto the general public. Our fleet went from two, to six, to 11, to 17, to over 30. By 1998, we were the largest rental operation in the State of Oregon with three locations around the Portland Area (Columbia River, Hagg Lake, and Wilsonville). SK Watercraft Rentals, as the business is now known, is still in operation on the Columbia River today.
In the spring of 1999, SK Northwest was created as a grass-roots company carrying at first just Sea-Doo personal watercraft; we then added Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Bombardier ATVs, and Sea-Doo sport boats. By 2001, SK Northwest was the largest Sea-Doo dealer in Oregon. In 2003, we were one of the top three dealers in the Northwest for all BRP Products. In the early fall of 2004 we became a dealer for Segway, the two-wheel self balancing personal transporter. Segway Inc refers to us as Segway of Portland.
The Oregonian noted our entry into the market with the front page of the Oregonian Business section on 11/12/04. SK Watercraft Rentals began renting snowmobiles and doing Segway tours along the Portland Waterfront.
In 2005, we began working on relocating our dealership. Plans began for a new 28,000-square-foot facility on the Willamette River in Portland. July 13, 2006, SK Northwest was on the front page of the Oregonian about our proposed new facility. In 2007 we started Polaris of Portland representing the full line of Polaris recreational vehicles (Polaris snowmobiles, ATVs, Rangers, RZRs, and Victory Motorcycles).
Today, we sell more Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) than any other single dealer in Oregon and Washington. The BRP line consists of Can-Am, Sea-Doo, and Ski-Doo. Our Polaris of Portland store is growing every year and is one of the top two dealers in Oregon.
Our new facility was completed in August of 2011 at our new home at 250 SE Division Place in Portland.
Recently we added a great new website to our family of online powersports resources. Source Powersports has a huge selection and availability of genuine OEM Sea-Doo and Ski-Doo factory parts and accessories – another great option for your online shopping.