BOLTON, Ontario — The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today that it has inducted Victor Duhamel and Carl Dewar, owners of Legend Boats, into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Victor and Carl’s career achievements and contribution to the recreational boating industry were recognized during the NMMA Canadian Recreational Boating Industry Session at the Toronto International Boat Show at the Direct Energy Centre.
The NMMA Hall of Fame is the Association’s highest honor. It was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It honors individuals whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation, and perfection within their respective spheres of expertise.
“Both Victor and Carl have contributed greatly to the recreational boating industry over the years and have provided great advancement in the industry—they are a great Canadian success story!” said Sara Anghel, NMMA Executive Director and Vice President of Government Relations. “We honor them with the Hall of Fame award in recognition of their innovative thinking, leadership, and dedication to an excellent boating experience for our nation’s boaters.”
Victor and Carl are known for their innovation in the industry. Starting out as two friends who opened a tire shop in 1968, their drive and determination led to the creation of Legend Boats in 1987. They have been great leaders, providing the industry with the first aluminum boats to have a full radius windshield. They also introduced the first convertible rear casting deck which allowed their boats to switch from a deck to rear bench seats. Today, Victor Duhamel and Carl Dewar employ more than 85 people in Whitefish and Barrie, Ontario and have 56 independent Legend Dealers across Canada. Through commitment and dedication they’ve built a strong Canadian company that will continue to prosper and innovate for years to come.