Tag Archives: Boat Dealers

MarineMax acquires Nisswa Marine

 MarineMax announced the acquisition of Nisswa Marine, a full-service dealer located in Nisswa, Minnesota.  Founded in the 1930’s, Nisswa Marine is one of the oldest dealers in the country. Lead by Brent, Jeremy and Steve Wiczek, Nisswa Marine offers premium brands, including Mastercraft, Supra, Moomba, Chris Craft and Premier Pontoons. Providing storage for almost 1,000 boats annually, the business has built an ...

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Continuum Ventures, Colony Marine partner as investors in Walstrom Marine

Walstrom Marine announced that Continuum Ventures and Colony Marine are investing in the 75-year family run business as part of company’s long-term succession plan. Continuum Ventures, an investment management company for the Doug and Maria DeVos family, will assume a majority ownership stake in Walstrom Marine. Both Colony Marine, owned and operated by the Pete Beauregard family and the James ...

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Passion is contagious

By Adam Quandt As someone who barely grew up boating or anywhere near the boating industry it’s very easy to say that I was someone who came into this industry with very fresh and very wide eyes. However I learned one thing very quickly when I began my tenure with Boating Industry, this industry is full of passion. Whether someone ...

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Boating Industry extends 2021 Top 100 application deadline

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Boating Industry has announced a new extension of the deadline to submit applications for the 2021 Top 100 Dealers program. After speaking with a number of dealerships about the continued unprecedented demand for boating and no slow down in business surrounding the industry, the staff at Boating Industry felt that dealerships should have more time to complete and submit applications for this ...

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Union Marine adds new location

Union Marine is excited to announce they are expanding their operation with a new location in Issaquah, WA.   Located just five minutes from Lake Sammamish, this new location will feature MasterCraft, Bennington Pontoon and Boston Whaler boat brands. The 11,000-square-foot showroom will offer design centers & interactive activities and events for their customers. “This is a great opportunity for Union ...

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Boating Industry names 2020 Top 100 Dealers

Boating Industry announced its 2020 Top 100 dealers during an unprecedented virtual celebration on Nov. 17, 2020. “In our 16th year of recognizing the Top 100, things are certainly different, but one thing remains the same, the dealers on the Top 100 list just keep getting better,” said Top 100 program director Adam Quandt. “Most importantly every dealer on this year's ...

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Top 100 application deadline approaching

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This is the last week to apply for the 2020 Boating Industry Top 100, recognizing the best boat dealers in North America. Applications are due Sep. 21, 2020. Find more information about the program on the Top 100 page. Remember, this year there are two applications: the full in-depth application and the new streamlined application designed to save you time while applying. For ...

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Dealing with a pandemic and unprecedented demand

By David Gee There are approximately 4,300 recreational boat dealers in the U.S., but the largest 50 of them generate about 30% of the industry’s $12 billion annual revenue, according to Dun & Bradstreet. So let’s call the industry fragmented. Given that starting point, what is it like to run a boat dealership these days? Especially this summer of 2020? ...

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MRAA launches Virtual Business Development Center

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In an environment where dealers are seeing unprecedented levels of activity and struggling to keep up, one area that can get missed is post-sale follow-up. To solve that issue and promote strong relationships with customers after the sale, MRAA announced its new Virtual Business Development Center (vBDC) for dealerships. Business Development Centers, which have grown in popularity in the marine ...

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