Tag Archives: Top 100 Dealers

2021 Top 100: Best Practices

By Boating Industry staff Celebrating its 17th year, the Boating Industry Top 100 Dealers program continues to recognize and celebrate the best of the best. Over the last 18-plus months, boat dealers have faced new hurdles left and right, but the dealers among this year’s Top 100 have risen to the challenge and continued to help push the entire recreational ...

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2021 Best in Class: Best Training

Mark's Marine, Inc.Hayden, Idaho The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new list of challenges to getting training accomplished in 2020, yet that didn’t stop Mark’s Marine from facing the challenges head on to ensure its team was prepared for success. With an ongoing transition through a succession plan, as well as shifting job roles around to accommodate additional growth in various ...

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2021 Best in Class: Best Industry Advocate

Silver Spray Sports, Inc.Fenton, Mich. Silver Spray Sports was started by two laid-off schoolteachers in the recession of 1981 who became business owners because of their love of watersports and boating, and not necessarily because they wanted to be business owners. In fact, Jeff and Patti Smith say if the recession would not have hit so hard back then, they ...

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2021 Best in Class: Best Digital Strategy

Clemons BoatsSandusky, Ohio Clemons Boats is located on 15 acres of waterfront property in Sandusky, Ohio, along the shore of the Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. The dealership, as third-generation dealer principal Jason Clemons points out, is in “vacationland,” i.e., where people boat, and not where they live. Jason’s grandfather, Bob, founded Clemons Boats in 1966 when he purchased 10 ...

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2021 Best in Class: Best Customer Service

Breath's Boats & MotorsBay St. Louis, Miss. In this new world of unprecedented demand for boats and boat service, it’s often easy to let some customer service standards slip a little, while each day seems busier than the next. A dealership in business since 1925, doesn’t stay in business without providing exceptional service to its customers, so Mississippi’s Breath’s Boats ...

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2021 Editor’s Choice: Off Shore Marine

By Adam QuandtManaging Editor & Top 100 Program Director Off Shore MarineBranchville, N.J. As a single-location dealership located about 12 miles away from one of only two lakes in New Jersey, with 14 marinas all competing for the same business, Off Shore Marine is sure to set itself well above the rest of the pack. “Our business has been built ...

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2021 Editor’s Choice: Short’s Marine

By David GeeEditor-in-Chief Short's MarineMillsboro, DE Short’s Sales & Service opened four years after World War II in 1949. Located in a one-stall garage in Oak Orchard, Delaware, it quickly became established as the “go-to shop” for everything marine-related. Today, four generations and over 70 years later, Short’s Marine, Inc. continues to operate with the same mantra of being the ...

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Never stop learning

By Adam Quandt As I’m writing this column for our October issue, the team at Boating Industry is nearing the end of another season of scouring through piles of fresh Top 100 applications and scoring them accordingly. And by the time you’re reading this, we will likely have the 2021 Top 100 rankings set and will be gearing up for ...

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Take a breath

By Adam Quandt These days it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Things over the last year and a half have been somewhat hectic, to say the least (and that might be putting it lightly to some of you). Every time we at Boating Industry chat with someone in the industry — ...

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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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