Company history: a bit about us

Compeau's has had a simple business philosophy since Bob Compeau Sr. opened the doors back in 1945.

If you treat people well, they'll tell four or five others. But if you treat them badly, they'll tell hundreds. Bob Compeau Sr. understood that, and so do the three generations of Compeau's that follow him.


After selling thousands of boats and over 10,000 snowmachines since those early days, Compeau's has earned the reputation of really knowing the products they sell, but more importantly, knowing what it takes to keep their customers satisfied.

Soon after founding the company over 60 years ago, Bob Sr. invented a motor lift

for outboards that enabled hundreds of people to navigate the shallow rivers around the interior of Alaska. This opened up thousands of river miles for those early outdoors-men, and really jump started a whole new wave of boating. Some 20 years later, Bob Jr., who later became company President, designed a prototype jet unit that replaced the regular propdrive. After exhaustive testing, the company teamed up with a California based production company to help develop what has become the modern day outboard jet unit. Today, this propulsion system is how thousands of Alaskans are able to see remote areas of the state that most people don't even know exist. Snowmachines make up the largest segment of Compeau's business. The company has been the largest Ski-Doo dealership in the world many years recently. In the early sixties, Bob Compeau Jr. heard about a Canadian company that built a machine that could go on top of fresh, soft, snow. They brought one of these "Huskys" up to Fairbanks and spent some time testing it in the Cleary Summit area. The crew had so much fun on this amazing new device, they ordered a truck load each week as the orders flowed in. By the end of that first year, over 120 of these "radical" new snow-vehicles were sold. And the entire sport of snowmachining in Fairbanks took off from there. Obviously, a lot has changed in the boat, motor, and snowmachine business since those simple early days of this fast moving industry. However one thing hasn't changed. And that is the bend-over-backwards, do whatever-it-takes commitment to customer service that's almost impossible to find anymore. It's been that way since Bob Compeau Sr. first opened his doors back in October of 1945, and after three generations it's still that way today.

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location & hours


4122 Boat Street
Fairbanks, AK 99709,
Telephone: (907) 479-2271
Tool Free: (800) 478-7669
Fax: (907) 474-9537
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm
Saturday : 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

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