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Editor’s Choice 2017: Clemons Boats

Clemons Boats Sandusky, OH Luckily for many Top 100 dealers, 2016 marked a year of growth. But few saw the revenue increase that Clemons Boats experienced. The one-location Sandusky, Ohio, dealership grew revenue by nearly 70 percent with no increase in staff, but simply a continued focus on improved business. While Clemons Boats didn’t boast of any flashy improvements or ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Austin Boats and Motors

Austin Boats and Motors Austin, Texas Austin Boats and Motors provides consistency to the community through its established boat brands and reliable service staff. The dealership’s ancillary services approach and attention to changing market demographics and environmental issues creates an unique level of engagement that’s not commonly found in the boating industry. Austin Boats and Motors’ U-Haul franchise, the largest ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Hampton Watercraft & Marine

Hampton Watercraft & Marine Hampton Bays, N.Y. Hampton Watercraft & Marine is consistently dedicated to improvement, whether it is upgrading its facilities, updating its marketing using innovative tools, or showing its employees how much their input is appreciated. In 2016, Hampton Watercraft & Marine purchased and opened its third facility in Eastport, N.Y., a five-acre on-water facility with 100 slips ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Mark’s Marine

Mark’s Marine Hayden, Idaho The dealers in the Top 100 represent the elite of the boating industry – those that are judged by the team at Boating Industry to be the best dealers in North America. Within that 100, many dealers are called out for special recognition – the Dealer of the Year and the Top 20 that qualify as ...

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2017 Top 100 Dealer of the year: OneWater Marine Holdings

After capturing Dealer of the Year honors last year, OneWater Marine Holdings has hardly rested on its laurels. In 2016 alone, OneWater added five new dealerships – and 10 locations – to its holdings: SunDance Marine, Lookout Marine, Texas Sport, Sunrise Marine and Marina Mike’s. Acquisitions continued in 2017, including long-time Top 100 dealer South Shore Marine, the 2016 Best ...

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2017 Best in Class: Best Events

Best Events Oak Hill Marina Arnolds Park, Iowa Community dedication comes to the forefront when Oak Hill Marina staff start looking at the coming year’s calendar. Many of the dealership’s year-round events are organized with the goal of raising money for entities and organizations in need. Marina staff joined forces with the Foundation for Exceptional Warriors for a new June event ...

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2017 Best in Class: Best New Idea

Best New Idea Clark Marine Manchester, Maine  Incorporating video blogs into an overall dealership social media strategy has given Clark Marine owner and partner Rob Brown a new appreciation of content marketing’s staying power. The “Rob’s Vlogs” series also has given Clark Marine a personality, and created an advanced trust, especially with new customers, Brown says. During the 2016 calendar year, ...

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2017 Best in Class: Most Innovative

Most Innovative Futrell Marine Nashville, Ark. Futrell Marine has a storied history filled with innovative approaches to business improvement. The dealership was founded in 1948 by Dan Futrell, who began selling Mercury outboard motors from a small store on Main Street in Nashville, Ark. Dan was a huge boat racing proponent in the 1950s and passed his love of boating ...

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2017 Best in Class: Best Service Department

Best Service Department Off Shore Marine Branchville, N.J. Each year Off Shore Marine adopts a service department theme word to address an area that’s problematic. The goal is creating a new perspective when change is needed to solve a service department challenge. “The last two years have shown tremendous growth in our business,” says Off Shore Marine President Louis Cecchini. “With ...

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2017 Best in Class: Best Marketing

Best Marketing Pride Marine Group Ltd.  Bracebridge, Ontario From social media to augmented reality, anything and everything digital was at the forefront of Pride Marine Group’s marketing strategy in 2016. The Canadian dealer group focused its marketing efforts – both increased digital and limited traditional – on their newly defined target market, known to the company as “Roger.” Pride Marine ...

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