Tag Archives: Boat Dealers

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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MRAA launches COVID-19 resource for boat dealers

In the first of a multi-step plan to support marine dealers with their response to the coronavirus and ensuing economic challenges, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) has launched a webpage with resources for the industry to tap into. The page will be updated daily with new resources as they become available. “If you’re like our team, you ...

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The dealer/manufacturer relationship

By David Gee The relationship between recreational boat builders and their dealer networks is a symbiotic one, with each needing the other to survive. And like any relationship, it requires dedication, diligence and constant communication to build and maintain trust and respect that go beyond contractual agreements and product portfolios. “Almost anyone will acknowledge that trust is the key to ...

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Nautical Ventures acquires 2 Florida west coast dealerships

Nautical Ventures Group, headquartered in Dania Beach, Fla., has reached an agreement to purchase two Outpost Marine Group locations in Tampa Bay and Sarasota Florida. Plans are underway to rebrand both dealerships under the Nautical Ventures moniker and they will co-display as Nautical Ventures and Outpost during the upcoming NMMA Tampa Boat Show, October 25– 27. Founder and owner of ...

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MarineMax launches New York expansion plans

MarineMax recently announced plans to consolidate their Long Island stores and expand their North Shore location, MarineMax Huntington. "After careful consideration, we have decided to consolidate our MarineMax stores in the New York area," said Larry Russo, Jr., MarineMax Northeast regional president. "We will continue to serve local boating needs through our Huntington and Manhattan locations. With a long history of excellent customer service ...

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Hatteras/CABO Yachts names new North Carolina dealer

Hatteras/CABO Yachts recently announced that it has appointed Riggs Yacht Sales in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., as a new boat dealer. Riggs Yacht Sales will represent the entire Hatteras line of luxury sportfishing yachts and motoryachts from 45 to 105 feet, as well as the newly re-introduced CABO brand fishing boats. Led by Owner John D Riggs and President Thom Cross, ...

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