Tag Archives: Top 100 Dealers

Well-wishers help Wayzata Marine founder Gary Briggs celebrate retirement

Customers, friends and industry well-wishers arrived in continuous waves to help Wayzata Marine founder Gary Briggs officially celebrate his retirement after 50 years in business. The Minnesota boating industry icon spent the better part of an August Saturday moving from table to table visiting and sharing stories dating back to 1967. That’s when Gary and Darlene Briggs opened Wayzata Lake ...

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Marine Connection opens fourth Florida location

Marine Connection announced plans to open a new sales and full service facility at 17 W. State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this October, in time for the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The dealership, ranked No. 16 in the 2016 Boating IndustryTop 100, will hang its shingle on a new 27,000-square-foot property including a 2500-square foot ...

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Hagadone Marine Group mega center grand opening garners industry, community kudos

A grand opening gala for Hagadone Marine Group’s new mega marine center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, attracted a high level of community and industry interest earlier this month. More than 1,000 people turned out for the celebration and received a personal welcome from owner Duane Hagadone. Chris Craft Boats Vice President Gavan Hunt, Volvo Penta North America OEM/Dealer Sales Manager ...

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Wells Fargo CDF increases credit capacity for OneWater Marine

Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, part of Wells Fargo & Company announced that it has expanded the financing facility for OneWater Marine Holdings, LLC to provide for borrowings of up to $200 million.  This facility, along with supporting OneWater’s organic growth, helped to facilitate the recently announced acquisition of South Shore Marine in Huron, Ohio. Borrowings under the facility are ...

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Supreme adds Ski World of Orlando to dealer network

Supreme Boats announced that Ski World of Orlando has been added to the Supreme dealer network. Ski World has been in the Orlando sports and tow boat market for over 42 years. The Supreme/Ski World partnership is a new venture for Regal & Nautique of Orlando’s Jeff Husby. Husby has been a part of the Orlando tow boat market for ...

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Legendary Marine to carry Riviera, Absolute brands

Legendary Marine announced it has partnered with Riviera Yachts as well as Absolute to introduce both luxury yacht and cruiser brands to the Emerald Coast market. “We believe that our family of customers will appreciate the world-class design, performance, and show-stopping appeal of both the Riviera and Absolute luxury cruiser and motor yacht brands. We’re excited to bring a whole ...

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OneWater Marine acquires South Shore Marine

Atlanta-based OneWater Marine Holdings has acquired South Shore Marine of Huron, Ohio. Tom Mack, former owner of South Shore Marine, will continue to manage the dealership under the South Shore Marine name. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “As we’ve sought to expand our geographic footprint into the Great Lakes region, the addition of South Shore Marine makes strategic ...

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Nautical Ventures hires Domenico Fossati to expand marketing efforts

Nautical Ventures has brought aboard Domenico Fossati to help the company’s plans to expand its Tender, Rib and Inflatable boat markets. With over 28 years of marine experience and fluent in four languages, Fossati will focus on both domestic and international sales for Highfield, Novurania, Metan, Ribjet, F-RIB and more. “Tender sales represent about 25 percent of Nautical Ventures annual ...

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Prestige Yachts names Galati Yacht Sales top North American dealer

Galati Yacht Sales has been presented with Prestige Yachts’s 2017 North American Dealer of the Year Award. “This was an amazing year for the Galati Yacht Sales Team. Since 2014, they have continued to go above and beyond promoting the Prestige brand to current and future customers. Their company values focus heavily on customer service which clearly resulted in an ...

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What makes a Top 100 dealer?

Next week (June 26) is our deadline for the 2017 Boating Industry Top 100, the only independent ranking of boat dealers in North America. For those of you thinking about applying, now is the time to get started! I field a lot of questions about the Top 100 at press events and through interviews, and one that has come up ...

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