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Nautical Ventures: Success in the dare to be different

With the unofficial tagline, “We sell everything from kayaks to cruise ships,” you know something different is happening within the Nautical Ventures Group. Despite being somewhat new to the Top 100, earning its first Top 100 accolades in 2016, Nautical Ventures has used being a little different than the traditional dealership to launch itself into success. “We believe our efforts ...

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How the best dealers manage turns

Over the last decade the boating industry has seen both sides of the inventory challenge.  In the 2007-09 period, we saw dealers stuck with way too many boats when the housing market – and then the rest of the economy – crashed. With dealers dropping left and right and consumers defaulting on loans, excess inventory and repossessed vessels flooded the ...

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Water Sports Industry Association announces leadership awards

Water Sports Industry Association Summit recently concluded in Steamboat Springs with the Leadership Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes industry leaders and top performers for the year. With more than 200 attendees, these awards were a highlight of the 2018 Summit and honored the best in the towed water sports industry, on both the retail and manufacturer levels. Here are ...

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Skier’s Marine: Blazing a trail in teamwork and expansion

From humble beginnings in 1995 selling boats in a vacant lot on the side of Highway 280 in Alabama, multi Top 100 award-winning Skier’s Marine has blazed a trail to four locations in two states, with a fifth location under construction in a third state. Skier’s Marine headquarters sits just off of Highway 280 in Sterrett, Ala. and covers three ...

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Make this your Top 100 year to shine

When we look at the dealers that apply for the Boating Industry Top 100, one of the most important factors is how they improve from year to year. No matter how good a company is, it can always get better. That is what makes the best dealers stand out from the thousands of boat dealers in North America. And like ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Clemons Boats

Clemons Boats Sandusky, OH Luckily for many Top 100 dealers, 2016 marked a year of growth. But few saw the revenue increase that Clemons Boats experienced. The one-location Sandusky, Ohio, dealership grew revenue by nearly 70 percent with no increase in staff, but simply a continued focus on improved business. While Clemons Boats didn’t boast of any flashy improvements or ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Austin Boats and Motors

Austin Boats and Motors Austin, Texas Austin Boats and Motors provides consistency to the community through its established boat brands and reliable service staff. The dealership’s ancillary services approach and attention to changing market demographics and environmental issues creates an unique level of engagement that’s not commonly found in the boating industry. Austin Boats and Motors’ U-Haul franchise, the largest ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Hampton Watercraft & Marine

Hampton Watercraft & Marine Hampton Bays, N.Y. Hampton Watercraft & Marine is consistently dedicated to improvement, whether it is upgrading its facilities, updating its marketing using innovative tools, or showing its employees how much their input is appreciated. In 2016, Hampton Watercraft & Marine purchased and opened its third facility in Eastport, N.Y., a five-acre on-water facility with 100 slips ...

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