Boating Industry announced its 2021 Top 100 dealers during an black-tie gala on Nov. 10, 2021 on the final evening of the ELEVATE Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Moving into the 17th year of the Top 100, we’ve definitely seen plenty of things change over the years. New dealers join the ranks every year, as other dealers join forces to become one,” said Top 100 program director Adam Quandt. “Yet from single-location family-owned dealerships to multi-store organizations, one thing remains the same each and every year, and that is the dealers on the Top 100 list continue to set the pace in sales, customer service and success overall.”
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.
Marine Connection of West Palm Beach, Fla. was named as the 2021 Dealer of the Year.
With six robust retail dealership locations across Florida, Marine Connection has consistently continued to grow and expand its presence in the Sunshine State to address the needs and demands of boaters, with a particular emphasis in the fishing community.
On top of renovations to its West Palm Beach Showroom, 2020 brought the opening of Marine Connection’s newest location in Stuart, Fla., with a 3,200 square-foot indoor showroom and outdoor display space to highlight its latest offerings.
Marine Connection also took on a brand new line in 2020, filling a need for a high-end runabout and cruiser brand to its offerings with Cobalt Boats.
And these are examples of just the tip of the iceberg of what Marine Connection accomplished in 2020, all helping lead the dealer to another year of significant double-digit growth in revenue.
HALL OF FAME, BEST IN CLASS HONORED
All members of the Top 100 Hall of Fame were honored at the Top 100 Gala, including Galati Yacht Sales, Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, MarineMax, Prince William Marine Sales and OneWater Marine.
Boating Industry also inducted its newest member of the Top 100 Hall of Fame, Quality Boats during the celebration.
Boating Industry also recognized seven other companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business.
- Best Industry Advocate — Silver Spray Sports, Fenton, Mich.
- Best Digital Strategy — Clemons Boats, Sandusky, Ohio
- Best Training — Mark's Marine, Hayden, Idaho
- Best Marketing — Nautical Ventures, Dania Beach, Fla.
- Best Customer Service — Breath's Boats & Motors, Bay St. Louis, Miss.
- Best New Idea — Shipyard Marine, Green Bay, Wis.
- Best Service Department — The Boat Shop, Tafton, Penn.
THE BOATING INDUSTRY 2021 TOP 100
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 2021 Top 100, be sure to check out the December/January issue of Boating Industry.
The 2021 Boating Industry Top 100 was sponsored by the Leadership Alliance: Dealer Profit Services and Kicker Marine Audio.
The complete Top 100:
|1||Marine Connection||West Palm Beach, Fla.|
|2||Regal & Nautique of Orlando||Orlando, Fla.|
|3||M & P Mercury Sales Ltd||Burnaby, B.C.|
|4||Russell Marine||Alexander City, Ala.|
|5||BMC Boats||Longwood, Fla.|
|6||Marine Sales Group, Inc.||Memphis, Tenn.|
|7||Futrell Marine||Hot Springs, Ark.|
|8||Buckeye Sports Center||Peninsula, Ohio|
|9||Marina Holdings LLC||Yarmouth, Maine|
|10||Nautical Ventures Group||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.|
|11||Riverside Marine Inc||Baltimore, Md.|
|12||The Boat Shop||Tafton, Penn.|
|13||Spicer's Boat City||Houghton Lake, Mich.|
|14||Legend Boats||Whitefis, Ontario|
|15||River Valley Power & Sport - Marine||Red Wing, Minn.|
|16||Atwood Lake Boats, Inc.||Atwood Lake, Mineral City, Ohio|
|17||Atlantic Outboard, Inc.||Westbrook, Conn.|
|18||Desmasdon's Boat Works/ Beacon Marine||Pointe au Baril, Ontario|
|19||Spring Brook Marina||Seneca, Ill.|
|20||Clemons Boats||Sandusky, Ohio|
|Alberta Marine & Auto Ltd||Nanton, Alberta|
|American Marine||La Crosse, Wis.|
|Angler's Choice Marine||Martinsville, Va.|
|Angler's Port Marine||Warsaw, Mo.|
|Bent Marine||Metairie, La.|
|Boaters Exchange||Rockledge, Fla.|
|Boulder Boats||Henderson, Nev.|
|Breath's Boats & Motors||Bay St. Louis, Miss.|
|Bryan's Marine Inc.||Vidalia, La.|
|Buster's Marine||Broad Channel, N.Y.|
|Castaway Yacht Sales||Port Clinton, Ohio|
|Causeway Marine Sales, LLC||Manahawkin, N.J.|
|Charles Mill Marina||Mansfield, Ohio|
|Charlotte Ski Boats||Mooresville, N.C.|
|Chesapeke Whalertowne||Grasonville, Md.|
|Chessie Marine Sales, Inc.||Elkton, Md.|
|Clark Marine||Manchester, Maine|
|Colony Marine||St. Clair Shores, Mich.|
|Current Watersports||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Deep Creek Marina||McHenry, Md.|
|Dockside Marine||Houston, Texas|
|Don's Marine, LLC||Lodi, Wis.|
|Dry Dock Marine Center||Angola, Ind.|
|FB Marine Group||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.|
|Gage Marine||Williams Bay, Wis.|
|Gordon Bay Marine LTD.||Muskoka, Ontario|
|Grand Pointe Marina Inc.||Dimondale, Mich.|
|Great Outdoors Marine||Lavalette, W.V.|
|GREGG ORR MARINE||Hot Springs, Ark.|
|Hall's Sport Center||Muskegon, Mich.|
|Hampton Watercraft & Marine||Hampton Bays, N.Y.|
|Harborside Marina & Yacht Sales||Clinton, Conn.|
|Jerry's Majestic Marine, Inc.||Lake Geneva, Wis.|
|Jet Ski of Miami/Fisherman's Boat Group||Miami, Fla.|
|Lakeside Motor Sports||Mecosta, Mich.|
|Lincolnton Marine, Inc.||Lincolnton, Ga.|
|Maple City Marine||Chatham, Ontario|
|Marine Center of Indiana||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Marine Specialties Boat Sales & Service||Sparks, Nev.|
|Mark's Leisure Time Marine||Conesus, N.Y.|
|Mark's Marine Inc||Hayden, Idaho|
|Miami Nautique International||Miami, Fla.|
|Midwest Water Sports||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Minnesota Inboard Water Sports||Excelsior, Minn.|
|Munson Ski & Marine||Round Lake, Ill.|
|N3 Boatworks||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Nobles' Marine||Leesburg, Fla.|
|Ocean House Marina||Charlestown, R.I.|
|Ocean Marine Group||Ocean Springs, Miss.|
|Off Shore Marine, Inc.||Branchville, N.J.|
|Off The Hook Yachts||Wilmington, N.C.|
|Omaha Marine Center||Omaha, Neb.|
|Orleans Boat World||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Paris Marine Limited||Lakefield, Ontario|
|Pasadena Boat Works||Pasadena, Md.|
|Plantation Boat Mart||Islamorada, Fla.|
|Pocket Yacht Company||Grasonville, Md.|
|Reeder Trausch Marine||Rockville, Ind.|
|Rhode River Marina||Edgewater, Md.|
|Richardson's Boat Yard||Standish, Maine|
|River City Boat Sales||Portland, Oregon|
|Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Shipyard Marine||Green Bay, Wis.|
|Short's Marine, Inc.||Millsboro, Del.|
|Silver Spray Sports, Inc.||Fenton, Mich.|
|South Florida Marine||Boynton Beach, Fla.|
|Starboard Marinas / The Harbor||Branson, Mo.|
|Table Rock Boats||Kimberling City, Mo.|
|Taylor Marine Center, Inc.||Milford, Del.|
|Tobler Marina||Hayden, Idaho|
|Town & Country Marine||Lakefield, Ontario|
|Travis Marine||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Tri-State Marine||Deale, Md.|
|Vallely Sport & Marine||Bismarck, N.D.|
|Vincent Payne Marine Ltd.||Pointe Au Baril, Ontario|
|WakeSide Marine||Elkhart, Ind.|
|Walstrom Marine||Harbor Springs, Mich.|
|Watercraft Sales||Three Lakes, Wis.|
|WaterSports Central||Buford, Ga.|
|Y Marina, Inc.||Coos Bay, Oregon|
Do you have any additional information about the awards? More specifics? Why these were chosen?
Best Industry Advocate — Silver Spray Sports, Fenton, Mich.
Best Digital Strategy — Clemons Boats, Sandusky, Ohio
Best Training — Mark's Marine, Hayden, Idaho
Best Marketing — Nautical Ventures, Dania Beach, Fla.
Best Customer Service — Breath's Boats & Motors, Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Best New Idea — Shipyard Marine, Green Bay, Wis.
Best Service Department — The Boat Shop, Tafton, Penn.
Thank you for reaching out. We will have full stories on all of our 2021 Best in Class award winners and their accomplishments in our upcoming December/January issue of Boating Industry.