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The 2013 Top 100 Dealers

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Kelsey Houle
December 1, 2013
Filed under Features, Top Stories

With double-digit growth year-over-year, 2012 was the start of what will hopefully be a long period of growth and recovery for the marine industry.

And the Top 100 dealers continue to set the pace, with the average dealer increasing revenue by 11.2 percent in 2012 – off of a 15 percent increase in 2011. 2013 is shaping up to be a positive year for the Top 100 as well, based on early indications.

Of the Top 100 dealers, 87 increased revenue in 2012. The average net profit was up 9.6 percent. They sold more boats, sold more engines and hired more people.

As a group, the Top 100 and the Hall of Fame represents about $1.8 billion in total revenue.

Those are just a few of the highlights of this year’s list — check out the following pages to see more of what sets the Top 100 apart.

This year’s Top 100 process was also the most competitive in years. Applications increased by almost 15 percent from 2012. From the thousands of dealers in the industry, we received hundreds of nominations. The Top 100, along with our Dealer of the Year and Best in Class award winners, appear on the following pages.

Finally, a note on this year’s ranking. We have ranked the Top 20 companies in North America from 1 to 20. This is a recognition of their elite status in the industry. The remaining 80 companies are simply recognized as being one of the Top 100 companies.

Read on to see the best of the best in the boating industry.

 

 

TOP 20:

 

#1: Legendary Marine – Destin, Fla.

#2: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine Inc. – Fontana, Wis.

#3: The Sail & Ski Center – Austin, Texas

Parks Marina’s Barefoot Bar is a waterfront destination for boaters and other tourists in Iowa’s Great Lakes region.

Parks Marina’s Barefoot Bar is a waterfront destination for boaters and other tourists in Iowa’s Great Lakes region.

#4: Buckeye Marine – Bobcaygeon, Ontario

#5: Parks Marina – Okoboji, Iowa

#6: Russell Marine LLC – Alexander City, Ala.

#7: Seattle Boat Company – Seattle

#8: Strong’s Marine LLC – Mattituck, N.Y.

#9: Pride Marine Group – Bracebridge, Ontario

#10: Woodard Marine Inc. – Hydeville, Vt.

#11: Bosun’s Marine Inc. – Mashpee, Mass.

#12: Port Harbor Marine – South Portland, Maine

#13: Russo Marine – Medford, Mass.

#14: Quality Boats of Clearwater Inc. – Clearwater, Fla.

#15: M&P Mercury Sales Ltd. – Burnaby, British Columbia

#16: Austin Boats & Motors Inc. – Lakeway, Texas

#17: BMC Boats – Longwood, Fla.

#18: Marine Connection – West Palm Beach, Fla.

#19: Hampton Watercraft and Marine – Hampton Bays, N.Y.

#20: Oak Hill Marina – Arnolds Park, Iowa

 

Best In Class:

 

Best Service Department: Woodard Marine

Best Marketing: Buckeye Marine

Best Industry Advocate: Port Harbor Marine

Best Digital Strategy: Marine Connection

Best Boat Show Strategy: Russell Marine

Best Training Program: Colorado Boat Center

Best Customer Service: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine

Special Recognition – Hurricane Sandy Response: MarineMax and Strong’s Marine

 

The 2013 Top 100 Dealers:

 

Action Water Sports – Hudsonville, Mich.

Advantage Yacht Sales – Newburyport, Mass.

Alberta Marine – Nanton, Alberta

“We continue to believe in keeping our shows very clean and classy. We place ourselves right next to our biggest competitor and let our products speak for themselves.” – Clayton Raven, Boat Town

“We continue to believe in keeping our shows very clean and classy. We place ourselves right next to our biggest competitor and let our products speak for themselves.”
– Clayton Raven, Boat Town

American Marine – La Crosse, Wis.

Austin Boats & Motors Inc. – Lakeway, Texas

BMC Boats – Longwood, Fla.

Boat Town Inc. – Austin, Texas

Boaters Exchange – Rockledge, Fla.

Boats Incorporated – Niantic, Conn.

Bosun’s Marine Inc. – Mashpee, Mass.

Breath’s Boats & Motors – Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Buckeye Marine – Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Cannons Marina – Longboat Key, Fla.

Causeway Marine Sales LLC – Manahawkin, N.J.

Clark Marine – Manchester, Maine

Cleveland Boat Center – Cleveland, Tenn.

Colorado Boat Center – Johnstown, Colo.

Davey Marine – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Deep Creek Marina – McHenry, Md.

Desmasdons Boatworks – Pointe au Baril, Ontario

Dockside Marine – Montgomery, Texas

Don’s Marine LLC – Lodi, Wis.

Dri-Port Marine – O’Fallon, Mo.

Dry Dock Marine Center – Angola, Ind.

Farm Island Repair and Marine  – Aitkin, Minn.

Fogarty’s Lake Flower Marina – Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Gage Marine’s annual December “Freeze for Life” cancer fundraiser draws hundreds to watch skiers, wakeboarders and more brave Lake Geneva’s frigid waters.

Gage Marine’s annual December “Freeze for Life” cancer fundraiser draws hundreds to watch skiers, wakeboarders and more brave Lake Geneva’s frigid waters.

Futrell Marine – Nashville, Ark.

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, Ontario

Gordy’s Lakefront Marine Inc. – Fontana, Wis.

Hall Marine Group – Lake Wylie, S.C.

Hampton Watercraft and Marine – Hampton Bays, N.Y.

Hayes Marine – Appling, Ga.

Irwin Marine has added new brands to offer the greatest breadth of product offerings in its market.

Irwin Marine has added new brands to offer the greatest breadth of product offerings in its market.

Hurst Marina Ltd. – Manotick, Ontario

Irwin Marine – Laconia, N.H.

Kelly’s Port – Osage Beach, Mo.

Lake Union Sea Ray – Seattle

Lake Viking Marine Inc. – Gallatin, Mo.

Laurel Marina Dealership – Bristol, Tenn.

Legend Boats – Whitefish, Ontario

Legendary Marine – Destin, Fla.

Lodder’s Marine – Fairfield, Ohio

Lynnhaven Marine – Virginia Beach, Va.

M&P Mercury Sales Ltd. – Burnaby, British Columbia

Maple City Marine Ltd. – Chatham, Ontario

Marina Fortin – St.-Paul Ile Aux Noix, Quebec

Marine Center of Indiana – Indianapolis

Marine Connection – West Palm Beach, Fla.

Marine Sales of Pickwick – Counce, Tenn.

Marine Specialties Boat Sales & Service – Sparks, Nev.

Miami Ski Nautique Inc. – Miami

N3 Boatworks – Indianapolis

As part of a large renovation, Off Shore Marine expanded its pro shop and redesigned the interior of the store.

As part of a large renovation, Off Shore Marine expanded its pro shop and redesigned the interior of the store.

North Texas Marine – Gainesville, Texas

Oak Hill Marina – Arnolds Park, Iowa

Off Shore Marine Inc. – Branchville, N.J.

Omaha Marine Center – Omaha, Neb.

Paris Marine Ltd. – Selwyn, Ontario

Parks Marina – Okoboji, Iowa

Payne Marine Ltd.  – Pointe-au-Baril, Ontario

Port Harbor Marine – South Portland, Maine

Port Sandfield Marina Ltd. – Port Sandfield, Ontario

Power Boats Inc. – Hot Springs, Ark.

Pride Marine Group – Bracebridge, Ontario

Quality Boats of Clearwater Inc. – Clearwater, Fla.

Rambo Marine Inc. – Hazel Green, Ala.

Rayburns Marine World Ltd. – Kelowna, British Columbia

Reed’s Marine Inc. – Delavan, Wis.

Regal & Nautique of Orlando – Orlando, Fla.

Russell Marine LLC – Alexander City, Ala.

Russo Marine – Medford, Mass.

Payne Marine’s 52-year-old full-service marina on the shore of Georgian Bay is the first dealership to be accessed the water when entering the Pointe-au-Baril area.

Payne Marine’s 52-year-old full-service marina on the shore of Georgian Bay is the first dealership to be accessed the water when entering the Pointe-au-Baril area.

Sea Ray of Cincinnati & Sea Ray of Louisville – Cincinnati

Seattle Boat Company – Seattle

Shipyard Marine – Green Bay, Wis.

Short’s Marine Inc. – Millsboro, Del.

Silver Spray Sports Inc. – Fenton, Mich.

Ski & Sports Inc. – Rogers, Ark.

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 Inc. – Seneca, Ill.

Starboard Marinas Inc./State Park Marina – Branson, Mo.

Strong’s Marine LLC – Mattituck, N.Y.

Superior Boat Repair & Sales – Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Texas Marine – Beaumont, Texas

The Boat Shop  – Tafton, Pa.

The Great Outdoors Marine – Lavalette, W.Va.

The Sail & Ski Center – Austin, Texas

The Sportsman – San Benito, Texas

Tobler Marina – Hayden, Idaho

Town & Country Marine – Lakefield, Ontario

Traverse Bay Marine Inc. – Traverse City, Mich.

Vallely Sport & Marine – Bismarck, N.D.

WakeSide Marine LLC – Elkhart, Ind.

Wayzata Marine – Wayzata, Minn.

White Lake Marine – White Lake, N.C.

Woodard Marine Inc. – Hydeville, Vt.

 

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