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Boating Industry names 2018 Top 100

December 12, 2018

BY BOATING INDUSTRY MAGAZINE

Boating Industry announced its 2018 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Dec. 12 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. “With growth of more than 16 percent, this elite group more than doubled the growth rate of the industry as a whole.”

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.

“After 14 years, the Boating Industry Top 100 continues to grow, with dealers setting new records that outpace the market,” Sweet said. “The Top 100 and Hall of Fame achieved revenue of nearly $3.6 billion in 2017, half a billion more than 2016.”

The Sail & Ski Center of Austin, Texas was named as the 2018 Dealer of the Year.

"The Sail & Ski Center continues to impress with its customer service, marketing, workforce development and industry advocacy," Sweet said.

The dealership grew revenue to a record high in fiscal year 2017, up 8 percent from 2016, which was on top of more than a 30 percent increase in 2016.

"This year's selection is well-deserved, but is of course, also bittersweet, as the company lost founder and co-owner Rod Malone earlier this year," Sweet said. "From numerous talks with Rod, I know how much this industry and the Top 100 meant to him."

HALL OF FAME, BEST IN CLASS HONORED

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

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 2019 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, Brunswick Dealer Advantage, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The complete Top 100:

RankDealership nameLocation
1The Sail & Ski CenterAustin, Texas
2Seattle Boat CompanySeattle, Wash.
3Russell MarineAlexander City, Ala.
4M & P Mercury Sales LtdBurnaby, B.C.
5Strong's Marine LLCMattituck, N.Y.
6Pride Marine GroupBracebridge, Ontario
7Parks MarinaOkoboji, Iowa
8Quality Boats of Tampa BayClearwater, Fla.
9Marine ConnectionWest Palm Beach, Fla.
10Action Water SportsHudsonville, Mich.
11BMC BoatsLongwood, Fla.
12Irwin MarineLaconia, N.H.
13Hagadone Marine GroupCoeur d'Alene, Idaho
14Regal & Nautique of OrlandoOrlando, Fla.
15Oak Hill MarinaArnolds Park, Iowa
16Buckeye Sports CenterPeninsula, Ohio
17Marine Sales Group, Inc.Memphis, Tenn.
18Futrell MarineHot Springs, Ark.
19Austin Boats and MotorsAustin, Texas
20The Boat ShopTafton, Penn.


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BMC BOATS are proud sponsors of this event!

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OBIE & ASHLEY’S BOAT LOAD OF TOYS 2018

TO BENEFIT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF CENTRAL FLORIDA!

Our goal is to fill a boat load of toys for the kids staying at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Central Florida.The Ronald McDonald Houses each have a toy closet filled with toys. Each family staying at RMH can let their children pick out a toy to keep from the toy closet, so we need your help to fill the toy closets! 


We will kick off boat load at the Brett Young Show at the House of Blues on 12/2. Listeners can come out and donate new, unwrapped toys and enter for their chance to win tickets to the show and House of Blues Restaurant gift cards! 


Then, the weekend of 12/14-12/16, we will be out at Winter Garden Village collecting toys all weekend long starting at 8AM on Friday. Come donate new, unwrapped toys for your chance to win awesome prizes! (the prizes are TBD, but take our word for it... they'll be awesome!) 


We are also accepting toy donations at the K92.3 studios located at 4192 North John Young Parkway Orlando, FL 32804. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:30PM! 

UPDATE:

Hey guys - Slater here.  What a weekend! We did it! 10,000 toys, thanks to you Central Florida.

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Boating Industry names 2017 Top 100

December 13, 2017

BY ADAM QUANDT

Top 100 Dealers

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:

RankDealership NameCityState
1OneWater Marine HoldingsBufordGA
2The Sail & Ski CenterAustinTexas
3Russell MarineAlexander CityAL
4Seattle Boat CompanyBellevueWA
5Pride Marine Group LtdBracebridgeOntario
6Port Harbor MarineSouth PortlandMaine
7Strong’s MarineMattituckNY
8M&P Mercury Sales LtdBurnabyBC
9Parks MarinaOkobojiIowa
10Bosun’s MarineMashpeeMassachusetts
11Quality Boats of Tampa BayClearwaterFlorida
12Action Water SportsHudsonvilleMI
13BMC BoatsLongwoodFL
14Marine ConnectionWest Palm BeachFL
15Oak Hill MarinaArnolds ParkIA
16Irwin Marine – NHLaconia, New HampshireNew Hampshire
17Regal & Nautique of OrlandoOrlandoFlorida
18Hagadone Marine GroupCoeur d’AleneIdaho
19Texas MarineBeaumontTx
20Buckeye Sports CenterPeninsulaOhio

Alberta Marine & Auto Ltd.NantonAlberta

Angler’s Choice MarineMartinsvilleVirginia

Atlantic Outboard, Inc.WestbrookConnecticut

Atwood Lake Boats, Inc.Mineral CityOhio

Austin Boats and MotorsAustinTX

Bent MarineMetairieLouisiana

Blue Springs MarineBlue SpringsMO

Boat Town, IncAustinTexas

Boaters ExchangeRockledgeFlorida

Boulder BoatsHendersonNV

Breath’s Boats & MotorsBay St. LouisMS

Buckeye MarineBobcaygeonOntario

Buster’s MarineBroad ChannelNY

Candlewood East Marina ClubBrookfieldConnecticut

Causeway Marine Sales, LLCManahawkinNJ

Charlotte Ski BoatsMOORESVILLENC

Chessie Marine Sales, Inc.ElktonMD

Clark MarineManchesterMaine

Clemons BoatsSanduskyOhio

Cleveland Boat CenterClevelandTN

Colorado Boat CenterJohnstownCO

Deep Creek Marina LLCMcHenryMD

Desmasdon’s Boat WorksPointe au BarilOntario

Dockside MarineConroeTx

Don’s Marine, LLCLodiWI

Dry Dock Marine CenterAngolaIN

FB Marine GroupPompano BeachFlorida

Futrell MarineNASHVILLEAR

Gage MarineWilliams BayWI

George’s Marine & SportsEganvilleON

Gordon Bay Marine LtdMactierON

Gregg Orr MarineHot SpringsAR

Hampton Watercraft and MarineHampton BaysNew York

Hoffmaster’s Marina, IncWoodbridgeVA

Lake Union Sea RaySeattleWA

Lakeside Motor SportsMecostaMI

Legend BoatsWhitefishOntario

Lodder’s MarineFairfieldOH

Lynnhaven MarineVirginia BeachVA

Maple City Marine LTD.ChathamOntario

Marine Center of IndianaIndianapolisIN

Marine Sales Group, Inc.CounceTN

Marine Specialties Boat Sales & ServiceSparksNevada

Mark’s Marine Inc.HaydenIdaho

Miami Nautique InternationalMiamiFL

Munson Ski & MarineRound LakeIL

Nautical Ventures GroupDania BeachFL

Ocean House MarinaCharlestownRhode Island

Ocean Marine Group, Inc.Ocean SpringsMS

Off Shore Marine, Inc.BranchvilleNew Jersey

Omaha Marine CenterOmahaNE

Orleans Boat World & SportsOrleansOntaior

Paris Marine Ltd.SelwynOntario

Payne Marine LtdPointe au BarilON

Plantation Boat MartTavernierFL

Rayburns MarinekelownaBC

Reed’s Marine, IncDelavanWI

River Valley Power & Sport-IncRed WingMN

Sea Ray of Cincinnati/LouisvilleCincinnatiOhio

Shipyard MarineGreen BayWI

Short’s Marine, Inc.MillsboroDelaware

Silver Spray Sports, Inc.FentonMichigan

Skier’s Marine Inc.SterrettAlabama

Slalom Shop Boats and YachtsLewisvilleTexas

South Florida MastercraftBoynton BeachFl

Spicer’s Boat CityHoughton LakeMI

Spring Brook Marina, Inc.SenecaIL

Starboard Marinas / The HarborBransonMO

Superior Boat Repair & SalesRancho CordovaCA

Table Rock BoatsKimberling CityMO

Taylor’s South Shore MarinaWilmingtonOhio

The Boat House GroupCape CoralFL

The Boat ShopTaftonPA

The Great Outdoors MarineLavaletteWV

The SportsmanSan BenitoTX

Tobler MarinaHaydenID

Vallely Sport & MarineBismarckND

Wakeside Marine, LLCElkhartIN

Watercraft SalesThreeLakes

Wayzata Marine, Inc.WayzataMN

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!


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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 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.

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