Boating Industry names 2018 Top 100

Boating Industry announced its 2018 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Dec. 12 in Orlando.

“From the thousands of dealers in North America — and hundreds of nominations — these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “With growth of more than 16 percent, this elite group more than doubled the growth rate of the industry as a whole.”

The Top 100 is the only independent ranking of boat dealers in North America.

The list recognizes dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more. The Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005.

“After 14 years, the Boating Industry Top 100 continues to grow, with dealers setting new records that outpace the market,” Sweet said. “The Top 100 and Hall of Fame achieved revenue of nearly $3.6 billion in 2017, half a billion more than 2016.”

The Sail & Ski Center of Austin, Texas was named as the 2018 Dealer of the Year.

“The Sail & Ski Center continues to impress with its customer service, marketing, workforce development and industry advocacy,” Sweet said.

The dealership grew revenue to a record high in fiscal year 2017, up 8 percent from 2016, which was on top of more than a 30 percent increase in 2016.

“This year’s selection is well-deserved, but is of course, also bittersweet, as the company lost founder and co-owner Rod Malone earlier this year,” Sweet said. “From numerous talks with Rod, I know how much this industry and the Top 100 meant to him.”


All six members of the Top 100 Hall of Fame were honored at the Top 100 Gala, including Galati Yacht Sales, Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Legendary Marine, MarineMax, Prince William Marine Sales, and new inductee OneWater Marine Holdings.

Boating Industry also recognized eight other companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business.

  • Best Industry Advocate – Irwin Marine, Laconia, N.H.
  • Best Customer Service – Buckeye Marine, Bobcaygeon, Ontario
  • Best Digital Strategy – Boulder Boats, Henderson, Nev.
  • Most Training & Benefits – Parks Marina, Okoboji, Iowa
  • Special Recognition – Vallely Sport & Marine, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Best Marketing – Russell Marine, Alexander City, Ala.
  • Best New Idea – Futrell Marine, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Best Service Department – Regal & Nautique of Orlando, Orlando, Fla.

As in past years, the Top 20 members of the Top 100 were ranked, with the remaining 80 being recognized as Top 100 dealers.

For complete coverage of the 2017 Top 100, be sure to check out the January 2019 issue of Boating Industry.

The Boating Industry Top 100 is sponsored by the Leadership Alliance: Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, Manheim Specialty Auctions, Volvo Penta, Brunswick Dealer Advantage, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The complete Top 100:

Rank Dealership name Location
1 The Sail & Ski Center Austin, Texas
2 Seattle Boat Company Seattle, Wash.
3 Russell Marine Alexander City, Ala.
4 M & P Mercury Sales Ltd Burnaby, B.C.
5 Strong’s Marine LLC Mattituck, N.Y.
6 Pride Marine Group Bracebridge, Ontario
7 Parks Marina Okoboji, Iowa
8 Quality Boats of Tampa Bay Clearwater, Fla.
9 Marine Connection West Palm Beach, Fla.
10 Action Water Sports Hudsonville, Mich.
11 BMC Boats Longwood, Fla.
12 Irwin Marine Laconia, N.H.
13 Hagadone Marine Group Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
14 Regal & Nautique of Orlando Orlando, Fla.
15 Oak Hill Marina Arnolds Park, Iowa
16 Buckeye Sports Center Peninsula, Ohio
17 Marine Sales Group, Inc. Memphis, Tenn.
18 Futrell Marine Hot Springs, Ark.
19 Austin Boats and Motors Austin, Texas
20 The Boat Shop Tafton, Penn.
  Alberta Marine & RV Nanton, Alberta
  Angler’s Choice Marine Martinsville, Va.
  Atlantic Outboard, Inc. Westbrook, Conn.
  Atwood Lake Boats, Inc. Mineral City, Ohio
  Bent Marine Metairie, La.
  Blue Springs Marine Blue Springs, Mo.
  Boat Town, Inc Austin, Texas
  Boaters Exchange Rockledge, Fla.
  Boulder Boats  Henderson, Nev.
  Breath’s Boats & Motors Bay Saint Louis, Miss.
  Buckeye Marine Bobcaygeon, Ontario
  Buster’s Marine Broad Channel, N.Y.
  Candlewood East Marina Club Brookfield, Conn.
  Causeway Marine Sales, LLC Manahawkin, N.J.
  Charlotte Ski Boats Mooresville, N.C.
  Chessie Marine Sales, Inc. Elkton, Md.
  Clark Marine Manchester Maine
  Clemons Boats Sandusky, Ohio
  Cleveland Boat Center Cleveland, Tenn.
  Colorado Boat Center Johnstown, Colo.
  Deep Creek Marina, LLC McHenry, Md.
  Desmasdon’s Boat Works Pointe au Baril, Ontario
  Dockside Marine Houston, Texas
  Don’s Marine, LLC Lodi, Wisconsin
  Dry Dock Marine Center Angola, Ind.
  FB Marine Group Pompano Beach, Fla.
  Gage Marine Williams Bay, Wis.
  Gordon Bay Marine Ltd. Mactier, Ontario
  Grand Pointe Marina, Inc. Dimondale, Mich.
  Gregg Orr Marine Hot Springs, Ark.
  Hampton Watercraft & Marine Hampton Bays, N.Y.
  Hoffmaster’s Marina, Inc. Woodbridge, Va.
  Jerry’s Majestic Marine, Inc. Lake Geneva, Wis.
  Jet Ski of Miami & Fisherman’s Boat Group Miami, Fla.
  Lake Union Sea Ray Seattle/Wash.
  Lakeside Motor Sports Mecosta, Mich.
  Legend Boats Whitefish, Ontario
  Lynnhaven Marine Virginia Beach, Va.
  Maple City Marine Ltd. Chatham, Ontario
  Marina Holdings Yarmouth, Maine
  Marine Center of Indiana Indianapolis, Ind.
  Mark’s Marine, Inc. Hayden, Idaho
  Miami Nautique International Miami, Fla.
  Midwest Water Sports Minneapolis, Minn.
  Munson Ski & Marine Round Lake, Ill.
  N3 Boatworks Indianapolis, Ind.
  Nautical Ventures Group Dania Beach, Fla.
  Ocean Marine Group Ocean Springs, Miss.
  Off Shore Marine, Inc. Branchville, N.J.
  Omaha Marine Center Inc Omaha, Neb.
  Orleans Boat World & Sports Ottawa, Ontario
  Paris Marine Limited Peterborough, Ontario
  Pasadena Boat Works Pasadena, Md.
  Payne Marine Ltd Pointe au Baril, Ontario
  Rayburns Marine Kelowna, B.C.
  Reed’s Marine, Inc. Delavan Lake, Wis.
  River City Boat Sales & Marine Services Portland, Oregon
  River Valley Power & Sport, Inc Red Wing, Minn.
  Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville Cincinnati, Ohio
  Shipyard Marine Green Bay, Wis.
  Short’s Marine, Inc. Millsboro, Del.
  Silver Spray Sports, Inc. Fenton, Mich.
  Skier’s Marine Inc. Westover, Ala.
  Slalom Shop Boats and Yachts Lewisville, Texas
  South Florida Marine Boynton Beach, Fla.
  Spicer’s Boat City Houghton Lake, Mich.
  Spring Brook Marine, Inc. Seneca, Ill.
  Superior Boat Repair & Sales Rancho Cordova, Calif.
  Table Rock Boats Kimberling City, Mo.
  Taylor’s South Shore Marina Waynesville, Ohio
  The Boat House Cape Coral, Fla. & Elkhorn, Wis.
  The Great Outdoors Marine Lavalette, W.V.
  The Sportsman San Benito, Texas
  Tobler Marina Hayden, Idaho
  Town & Country Marine Lakefield, Ontario
  Vallely Sport & Marine Bismarck, N.D.
  Wakeside Marine, LLC Elkhart, Ind.
  Walstrom Marine, Inc. Harbor Springs, Mich.
  Watercraft Sales Three Lakes, Wis.
  Wayzata Marine, Inc. Wayzata, Minn.

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