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Boating Industry names 2017 Top 100

BY ADAM QUANDT

Boating Industry announced the 2017 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Dec. 13 in Orlando.

“From the thousands of dealers in North America – and hundreds of nominations – these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers excel not only at the business of selling boats, but also delivering a great customer experience.”

The Top 100 is the only independent ranking of boat dealers in North America.

The list recognizes dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more. The Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005.

“As the Boating Industry Top 100 celebrates its 13th year, the dealers on the list are stronger than they have been since before the Great Recession,” Sweet said. “The Top 100 and Hall of Fame topped $3 billion in total revenue in 2016, surpassing last year’s total by more than $400 million.”

With that growth also came increasingly tough competition to make the list, added Tim Hennagir, editor of Boating Industry.

OneWater Marine Holdings was named as the 2017 Dealer of the Year.

“After capturing Dealer of the Year honors last year, OneWater Marine Holdings hardly rested on its laurels,” Sweet said.

In 2016 alone, the company acquired five new dealerships – and 10 locations – to its holdings, with more in 2017.

HALL OF FAME, BEST IN CLASS HONORED

All five members of the Top 100 Hall of Fame were honored at the Top 100 Gala, including Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Legendary Marine, Prince William Marine Sales, Galati Yacht Sales and MarineMax.

Boating Industry also recognized eight other companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business.

  • Best Boat Show Strategy – Lake Union Sea Ray, Seattle, Wash.
  • Best Customer Service – Port Harbor Marine, South Portland, Maine
  • Best Events – Oak Hill Marine, Arnolds Park, Iowa
  • Most Innovative Dealer – Futrell Marine, Nashville, Ark.
  • Best Training & Benefits – Legend Boats, Whitefish, Ontario
  • Best Marketing – Pride Marine Group, Bracebridge, Ontario
  • Best New Idea – Clark Marine, Manchester, Maine
  • Best Service Department – Off Shore Marine, Branchville, New Jersey

As in past years, the Top 20 members of the Top 100 were ranked, with the remaining 80 being recognized as Top 100 dealers.

For complete coverage of the 2017 Top 100, be sure to check out the January 2018 issue of Boating Industry.

The Boating Industry Top 100 is sponsored by the Leadership Alliance: Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, Manheim Specialty Auctions, Volvo Penta, Sunbrella Marine, Brunswick Dealer Advantage, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. http://boatingindustry.com/news/2017/12/13/boating-industry-names-2017-top-100/

The complete Top 100:

Rank Dealership Name City State
1 OneWater Marine Holdings Buford GA
2 The Sail & Ski Center Austin Texas
3 Russell Marine Alexander City AL
4 Seattle Boat Company Bellevue WA
5 Pride Marine Group Ltd Bracebridge Ontario
6 Port Harbor Marine South Portland Maine
7 Strong’s Marine Mattituck NY
8 M&P Mercury Sales Ltd Burnaby BC
9 Parks Marina Okoboji Iowa
10 Bosun’s Marine Mashpee Massachusetts
11 Quality Boats of Tampa Bay Clearwater Florida
12 Action Water Sports Hudsonville MI
13 BMC Boats  Longwood  FL
14 Marine Connection West Palm Beach FL
15 Oak Hill Marina Arnolds Park IA
16 Irwin Marine – NH Laconia, New Hampshire New Hampshire
17 Regal & Nautique of Orlando Orlando Florida
18 Hagadone Marine Group Coeur d’Alene Idaho
19 Texas Marine Beaumont Tx
20 Buckeye Sports Center Peninsula Ohio
Alberta Marine & Auto Ltd. Nanton Alberta
Angler’s Choice Marine Martinsville Virginia
Atlantic Outboard, Inc. Westbrook Connecticut
Atwood Lake Boats, Inc. Mineral City Ohio
Austin Boats and Motors Austin TX
Bent Marine Metairie Louisiana
Blue Springs Marine Blue Springs MO
Boat Town, Inc Austin Texas
Boaters Exchange Rockledge Florida
Boulder Boats Henderson NV
Breath’s Boats & Motors Bay St. Louis MS
Buckeye Marine Bobcaygeon Ontario
Buster’s Marine Broad Channel NY
Candlewood East Marina Club Brookfield Connecticut
Causeway Marine Sales, LLC Manahawkin NJ
Charlotte Ski Boats MOORESVILLE NC
Chessie Marine Sales, Inc. Elkton MD
Clark Marine Manchester Maine
Clemons Boats Sandusky Ohio
Cleveland Boat Center Cleveland TN
Colorado Boat Center Johnstown CO
Deep Creek Marina LLC McHenry MD
Desmasdon’s Boat Works Pointe au Baril Ontario
Dockside Marine Conroe Tx
Don’s Marine, LLC Lodi WI
Dry Dock Marine Center Angola IN
FB Marine Group Pompano Beach Florida
Futrell Marine NASHVILLE AR
Gage Marine Williams Bay WI
George’s Marine & Sports Eganville ON
Gordon Bay Marine Ltd Mactier ON
Gregg Orr Marine Hot Springs AR
Hampton Watercraft and Marine Hampton Bays New York
Hoffmaster’s Marina, Inc Woodbridge VA
Lake Union Sea Ray Seattle WA
Lakeside Motor Sports Mecosta MI
Legend Boats Whitefish Ontario
Lodder’s Marine Fairfield OH
Lynnhaven Marine Virginia Beach VA
Maple City Marine LTD. Chatham Ontario
Marine Center of Indiana Indianapolis IN
Marine Sales Group, Inc. Counce TN
Marine Specialties Boat Sales & Service Sparks Nevada
Mark’s Marine Inc. Hayden Idaho
Miami Nautique International Miami FL
Munson Ski & Marine Round Lake IL
Nautical Ventures Group Dania Beach FL
Ocean House Marina Charlestown Rhode Island
Ocean Marine Group, Inc. Ocean Springs MS
Off Shore Marine, Inc. Branchville New Jersey
Omaha Marine Center Omaha NE
Orleans Boat World & Sports Orleans Ontaior
Paris Marine Ltd. Selwyn Ontario
Payne Marine Ltd Pointe au Baril ON
Plantation Boat Mart Tavernier FL
Rayburns Marine kelowna BC
Reed’s Marine, Inc Delavan WI
River Valley Power & Sport-Inc Red Wing MN
Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville Cincinnati Ohio
Shipyard Marine Green Bay WI
Short’s Marine, Inc. Millsboro Delaware
Silver Spray Sports, Inc. Fenton Michigan
Skier’s Marine Inc. Sterrett Alabama
Slalom Shop Boats and Yachts Lewisville Texas
South Florida Mastercraft Boynton Beach Fl
Spicer’s Boat City Houghton Lake MI
Spring Brook Marina, Inc. Seneca IL
Starboard Marinas / The Harbor Branson MO
Superior Boat Repair & Sales Rancho Cordova CA
Table Rock Boats Kimberling City MO
Taylor’s South Shore Marina Wilmington Ohio
The Boat House Group Cape Coral FL
The Boat Shop Tafton PA
The Great Outdoors Marine Lavalette WV
The Sportsman San Benito TX
Tobler Marina Hayden ID
Vallely Sport & Marine Bismarck ND
Wakeside Marine, LLC Elkhart IN
Watercraft Sales Three Lakes
Wayzata Marine, Inc. Wayzata MN

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BMC Boats Boat Load of Toys and K92FM

Last Saturday the 9th of December, BMC Boats participated in the K92.3 FM Boat Load Of Toys for the Ronald McDonald House. We provided a 2017 Yamaha 240 Jet Boat and we filled it with hundreds of toys. It was pretty dreary and cold, but everyone had giving in their hearts!

boat load

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Top 10 Reasons Boats Break Down

Why boats break down, and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

By By Pierce Hoover Updated: August 31, 2017

10 Simple Solutions for the Most Common Boating Breakdowns…

You’ve seen the bumper sticker: A bad day of boating is better than a good day at work. Cute, but would you really feel that way if you were adrift 10 miles from the ramp, with a boatload of tired, cranky passengers and an engine that won’t start? At that point, you don’t need a slogan, you need a plan. Sometimes, your only option might be to ask for help – either from a professional towing company or a fellow boater. But in most instances a well-prepared skipper can make the necessary repairs to get the boat back to port without assistance. We surveyed a group of respected boat mechanics to come up with the 10 most common reasons boats break down, and then compiled a consensus on what it would take to save the day – and how to prevent future outings from premature endings.

#1: It’s Sputtering and Losing Power
Your boat feels like it’s running out of strength (and you’ve ruled out the No. 1 breakdown reason – running out of fuel). You most likely have a filter problem or fouled plugs.

READ MORE: https://www.boatingmag.com/top-10-reasons-boats-break-down-0#page-3

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CARBON MONOXIDE

Carbon monoxide (CO) can harm and even kill you inside or outside your boat!

Did you also know:

  • CO symptoms are similar to seasickness or alcohol intoxication.
  • CO can affect you whether you’re underway, moored, or anchored.
  • You cannot see, smell, or taste CO.
  • CO can make you sick in seconds. In high enough concentrations, even a few breaths can be fatal.

Most important of all, did you know carbon monoxide poisonings are preventable. Every boater should be aware of the risks associated with carbon monoxide – what it is; where it may accumulate; and the symptoms of CO poisoning. To protect yourself, your passengers, and those around you, learn all you can about CO. http://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/carbon-monoxide.php

October 24, 2017

 

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Top 10 Reasons to Own a Boat

1) Boating is great exercise. Exercise releases endorphins and is one of best ways to help manage stress. Whether you’re manning the sails, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, or exploring new beachfronts – there’s something for every age and every fitness level.

2) Boating is a great way to bond with family and friends. One of the best ways to maintain a proper work/life balance is by making sure you spend quality time with friends and family. Switch-off the TV and start reconnecting with those who are most important to you by enjoying a day or weekend on the water together.

3) Boating is affordable. One of the biggest misconceptions about boating is that it’s expensive. What most people don’t know is that you can hire a boat for less than what it costs to take a family of four to the movies for the afternoon! Otherwise, if you’re looking to make a purchase, there are financing options available.

4) Boating is relaxing. There’s something incredibly freeing about cruising on the open water – breathing in the fresh air, feeling the wind in your hair and the ocean beneath. Leave all your worries back on the shore and escape for the day.

5) Boating is convenient. Another common misconception about boating is that it’s not easily accessible. Even if you don’t live near the ocean, orlando has many waterways to explore – from bays to rivers to lakes. Call your local council or do a quick Google search on water access points in your area.

6) Boating gets you back in touch with nature. Jump into a sailboat and use nature’s power to travel. What better way to reconnect than spending time outside in the natural environment! Quality time away from noisy buses and trains and high-rise buildings is a perfect way to unwind.

7) Boating is a rewarding activity. Whether you’re practicing the perfect cast, learning how to tack in a sailboat, or are exploring the amazing marine life with a snorkel and fins, boating provides a platform for a variety of activities and interests.

8) Boating is a great alternative. If you’re tired of the same old weekend activities, try something new! Perhaps you’ve never been offshore fishing or you want to try your hand at water skiing – there is something for everyone.

9) Boating is easy to learn. There are boating and water safety courses everywhere these days. There are classes for sailing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and even water-skiing. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a wide array of information available to interested boaters.

10) Best of all, boating is FUN – all you need to do is remember to stick to the simple safety guidelines and enjoy yourself!

Footnote: Article from www.myboatinglife.com.au

 

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