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.
#2: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine Inc. – Fontana, Wis.
#3: The Sail & Ski Center – Austin, Texas
#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:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.