Learn how the top dealers are setting the pace for the marine industry.
Industry statistics show that 2011 was a year of slow recovery for the battered boating industry.
For the Top 100, things were even better, as 2011 proved to be a year of robust growth for the top boat dealers in North America. And although we don’t have those final numbers yet, they were also very optimistic about how 2012 was shaping up.
The Top 100 Dealers embraced the challenges of our industry’s new reality and reshaped their businesses to meet them, from adding new revenue streams to adopting new brands to finding the right marketing mix.
More than three-quarters of the Top 100 increased revenue in 2011, compared with 63 in 2010. The Top 100 sold nearly 4,000 more boats in 2011 than 2010 – an increase of 28 percent. Dealers increased sales in every boat category except used outboards and used sailboats.
As a group, the Top 100 far outpaced the growth in the industry, which as a whole had 6 percent growth in 2011 to $32 billion, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
The Top 100 alone accounted for $1.1 billion in total revenue – an increase of 16.4 percent from the 2011 list. That number climbs to almost $1.8 billion when our three Hall of Fame companies are included.
The 2012 Top 100 Dealers:
Action Water Sports—Hudsonville, Mich.
Advantage Yacht Sales—Newburyport, Mass.
Atwood Lake Boats, Inc.—Mineral City, Ohio
Austin Boats & Motors—Lakeway, Texas
B & E Marine—Michigan City, Ind.
BMC Boats—Longwood, Fla.
Boat Town, Inc.—Austin, Texas
Boaters Exchange—Rockledge, Fla.
Boats Incorporated—Niantic, Conn.
Bosun's Marine—Mashpee, Mass.
Breakwater Marine —Surrey, British Columbia
Breath's Boats & Motors—Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Bryan's Marine—Vidalia, La.
Buckeye Marine—Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Candlewood East Marina—Brookfield, Conn.
Castaway Marina —Queensbury, N.Y.
Causeway Marine—Manahawkin, N.J.
Clark Marine—Manchester, Maine
Cleveland Boat Center—Cleveland, Tenn.
Colorado Boat Center—Loveland, Colo.
Davey Marine Center—Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Deep Creek Marina—McHenry, Md.
Desmasdon's Boatworks—Pointe au Baril, Ontario
Don's Marine—Lodi, Wis.
Dry Dock Marine Center—Angola, Ind.
Farm Island Repair and Marine—Aitkin, Minn.
Fogarty's Lake Flower Marina—Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Gage Marine—Williams Bay, Wis.
George's Marine & Sports—Ottawa, Ontario
Glencove Marina—Lake Ozark, Mo.
Gone Fishin' Marine, Inc.—Dixon, Calif.
Gordon Bay Marine—Mactier, Onatario
Gordy's Lakefront Marine, Inc—Fontana, Wis.
Grand Pointe Marina of Lansing—Dimondale, Mich.
Hagadone Marine Group—Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Hall Marine Goup—Lake Wylie, S.C.
Hampton Watercraft and Marine—Hampton Bays, N.Y.
Hayes Marine—Appling, Ga.
Hoffmaster's Marina, Inc.—Woodbridge, Va.
Hurst Marina—Manotick, Ontario
Irwin Marine —Laconia, N.H.
Jet Ski of Miami & Fishermans Boat Group—Miami
Kelly's Port—Osage Beach, Mo.
Lake Union Sea Ray—Seattle
Lake Viking Marine—Gallatin, Mo.
Laurel Marina—Bristol, Tenn.
Legendary Marine—Destin, Fla.
Lodder's Marine—Fairfield, Ohio
Lynnhaven Marine—Virginia Beach, Va.
M&P Mercury Sales —Burnaby, British Columbia
Maple City Marine—Chatham, Ontario
Marina Fortin—Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec
Marine Center of Indiana—Indianapolis
Marine Sales of Pickwick—Counce, Tenn.
Marine Specialties Boat Sales & Service Center—Sparks, Nev.
Miami Nautique International—Miami
North Texas Marine—Gainesville, Texas
Oak Hill Marina—Arnolds Park, Iowa
Omaha Marine Center—Omaha, Neb.
Paris Marine —Peterborough, Ontario
Parker Boat Company—Orlando, Fla.
Parks Marina—Okoboji, Iowa
Port Harbor Marine—South Portland, Maine
Port Sandfield Marina—Port Sandfield, Ontario
Pride Marine Group—Bracebridge, Ontario
Quality Boats of Clearwater—Clearwater, Fla
Rambo Marine—Hazel Green, Ala.
Rayburns Marine World—Kelowna, British Columbia
Reed's Marine—Delavan, Wis.
Regal & Nautique of Orlando—Orlando, Fla.
Russell Marine—Alexander City, Ala.
Russo Marine—Medford, Mass.
Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Sea Ray of Louisville—Cincinnati, Ohio
Seattle Boat Company—Seattle
Shipyard Marine—Green Bay, Wis.
Short's Marine—Millsboro, Del.
Singleton Marine Group—Buford, Ga.
Ski & Sports—Rogers, Ark.
Skyline Marina—Orillia, Ontario
South Austin Marine—Austin, Texas
South Florida Mastercraft—Boynton Beach, Fla.
South Shore Marine—Huron, Ohio
Spicer's Boat City—Houghton Lake, Mich.
Spring Brook Marina—Seneca, Ill.
Strong's Marine—Mattituck, N.Y.
SunDance Marine —Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Texas Marine—Beaumont, Texas
The Boat Shop—Tafton, Pa.
The Great Outdoors Marine—Lavalette, W.V.
The Sail & Ski Center—Austin, Texas
The Sportsman—San Benito, Texas
Tobler Marina—Hayden, Idaho
Town and Country Marine—Lakefield, Ontario
Traverse Bay Marine—Taverse City, Mich.
Vallely Sport & Marine—Bismarck, N.D.
Vincent Payne Marine—Pointe-au-Baril, Ontario
WakeSide Marine—Elkhart, Ind.
Wayzata Marine—Wayzata, Minn.
Woodard Marine—Hydeville, Vt.
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