Docks and hoists such as these are available from Norton’s Dry Dock.
Docks and hoists such as these are available from Norton’s Dry Dock.

   Though the “Norton” name may be synonymous with Green Lake, even Dave and Krista Norton once needed help getting started in the boat sales and service business.

   Thus it may be only appropriate that the grandson of the gentleman who sold them what became Norton’s Dry Dock nearly 40 years ago would be the one to step forward when retirement came calling.

   Chuck Hurley, whose grandfather sold the business to the Nortons in 1978, purchased the company July 1.

   “My grandfather spent the time with them making sure that they got off the ground and going, and I think they [may be] pay[ing] it forward ...,” Hurley said of the Nortons helping Hurley as he takes over.

   Hurley, one might say, was born to run the business.

   “Where we’re sitting right now was a house that I lived in when I was born. For the first five years of my life, I lived in the house,” he said.

Read the full story in the Aug. 9, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.