Boating Industry names 2016 Top 100

Boating Industry announced the 2016 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala December 8 in Orlando.

“From the thousands of dealers in North America – and hundreds of nominations – these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Boating Industry Editor in Chief Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers excel not only at the business of selling boats, but also delivering a great customer experience.”

The Top 100 is the only independent ranking of boat dealers in North America. The list recognizes dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more. The Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005.

“As the Boating Industry Top 100 celebrates its 12th year, the dealers on the list are stronger than they have been since before the Great Recession,” Sweet said.The Top 100 and Hall of Fame reached nearly $2.7 billion in total revenue in 2015, surpassing last year’s total by more than $100 million. These dealers also faced stiff competition to make the list, with the highest number of applications since the recession.”

OneWater Marine Holdings was named as the 2016 Dealer of the Year.

“There may not be a company doing more to shake up the boating industry than OneWater Marine Holdings,” Sweet said.

Since 2010 – first as Singleton Marine Group and now as OneWater – the company has united nine dealer brands under one umbrella. As of mid-2016, the company had 35 locations stretching across the southern U.S.

In 2015 alone, the company acquired three dealerships: American Boat Brokers, Captain’s Choice Marine and Rambo Marine. More acquisitions have continued in 2016.

At the same time, OneWater grew same-store sales by 16 percent for the year (and 33 percent across all locations), while growing net profit by 27 percent.

Hall of Fame, Best in Class honored

2014 and 2015 Dealer of the Year Gordy’s Lakefront Marine was inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame, joining previous inductees MarineMax, Galati Yacht Sales, Prince William Marine Sales and Legendary Marine.

Boating Industry also recognized eight other companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business.

  • Best Boat Show Strategy – Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, Conn.
  • Best Industry Advocate – Bosun’s Marine, Mashpee, Mass.
  • Best Customer Service – M&P Mercury Sales, Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Best Digital Strategy – Austin Boats & Motors, Lakeway, Texas
  • Best Training & Benefits – Irwin Marine, Laconia, NH
  • Best Marketing – Hampton Watercraft & Marine, Hampton Bays. N.Y.
  • Best New Idea – BMC Boats, Longwood, Fla.
  • Best Service Department – South Shore Marine, Huron, Ohio

As in past years, the Top 20 members of the Top 100 were ranked, with the remaining 80 being recognized as Top 100 dealers. For complete coverage of the 2016 Top 100, be sure to check out the January 2017 issue of Boating Industry.

The Boating Industry Top 100 is sponsored by the Leadership Alliance: Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, Manheim Specialty Auctions, Volvo Penta, Sunbrella Marine, Brunswick Dealer Advantage, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The complete Top 100:

1 OneWater Marine Holdings Buford Ga.
2 The Sail & Ski Center Austin Texas
3 Seattle Boat Company Seattle Wash.
4 Russell Marine Alexander City Ala.
5 Strong’s Marine Mattituck N.Y.
6 Parks Marina, Inc. Okoboji Iowa
7 Port Harbor Marine South Portland Maine
8 Pride Marine Group Ltd Bracebridge Ontario
9 M & P Mercury Sales Ltd Burnaby B.C.
10 Quality Boats of Tampa Bay Clearwater Fla.
11 Bosun’s Marine Mashpee Mass.
12 Action Water Sports Hudsonville Mich.
13 Buckeye Marine Bobcaygeon Ontario
14 Hagadone Marine Group Coeur d’Alene Idaho
15 BMC Boats Longwood Fla.
16 Marine Connection West Palm Beach Fla.
17 Oak Hill Marina Arnolds Park Iowa
18 Irwin Marine Laconia N.H.
19 Texas Marine Beaumont Texas
20 Regal & Nautique of Orlando Orlando Fla.
Alberta Marine Nanton Alberta
Angler’s Choice Marine Martinsville Va.
Atlantic Outboard, Inc. Westbrook Conn.
Atwood Lake Boats, Inc. Mineral City Ohio
Austin Boats and Motors, Inc. Lakeway Texas
Blue Springs Marine Blue Springs Mo.
Boat Town, Inc Austin Texas
Boaters Exchange Rockledge Fla.
Boulder Boats Henderson Nev.
Breath’s Boats & Motors Bay St. Louis Miss.
Buckeye Sports Center, Inc Peninsula Ohio
Buster’s Marine Broad Channel N.Y.
Candlewood East Marina Brookfield Conn.
Causeway Marine Sales, LLC Manahawkin N.J.
Charlotte Ski Boats Mooresville N.C.
Chessie Marine Sales, Inc. Elkton Md.
Clark Marine Manchester Maine
Clemons Boats Sandusky Ohio
Cleveland Boat Center Cleveland Tenn.
Colorado Boat Center Johnstown Colo.
Deep Creek Marina McHenry Md.
Desmasdon’s Boat Works Pointe au Baril Ontario
Dockside Marine Montgomery Texas
Don’s Marine, LLC Lodi Wis.
Dry Dock Marine Center Angola Ind.
Freedom Powersports and Marine Lewisville Texas
Futrell Marine Nashville Ark.
Gage Marine Williams Bay Wis.
George’s Marine and Sports Ottawa Ontario
Gone Fishin’ Marine Dixon Calif.
Gordon Bay Marine MacTier Ontario
Hall Marine Group Lake Wylie S.C.
Hampton Watercraft and Marine Hampton Bays N.Y.
Hoffmaster’s Marina, Inc. Woodbridge Va.
Lake Union Sea Ray Seattle Wash.
Lake Viking Marine Gallatin Mo.
Lakeside Motor Sports Mecosta Mich.
Legend Boats Whitefish Ontario
Lodder’s Marine Fairfield Ohio
Lynnhaven Marine Virginia Beach Va.
Maple City Marine Ltd. Chatham Ontario
Marine Center of Indiana Indianapolis Ind.
Marine Sales Inc. Counce Tenn.
Mark’s Marine Inc Hayden Idaho
Miami Nautique International Miami Fla.
Nautical Ventures Group Fort Lauderdale Fla.
North Texas Marine Gainesville Texas
Ocean Marine Group, Inc. Ocean Springs Miss.
Off Shore Marine, Inc. Branchville N.J.
Omaha Marine Center, Inc. Omaha Neb.
Orleans Boat World & Sports Orleans Ontario
Paris Marine Ltd. Selwyn Ontario
Payne Marine Ltd. Pointe au Baril Ontario
Plantation Boat Mart Tavernier Fla.
Port Sandfield Marina Ltd. Port Sandfield Ontario
Rayburns Marine Kelowna B.C.
Redline Watersports Madison Wis.
Reed’s Marine, Inc Delavan Wis.
Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville Cincinnati Ohio
Shipyard Marine Suamico Wis.
Short’s Marine, Inc. Millsboro Del.
Silver Spray Sports, Inc. Fenton Mich.
Skier’s Marine Inc. Westover Ala.
Slalom Shop Boats and Yachts Lewisville Texas
South Florida Mastercraft Boynton Beach Fla.
South Shore Marine Huron Ohio
Spicer’s Boat City Houghton Lake Mich.
Spring Brook Marina, Inc. Seneca Ill.
Starboard Marinas / The Harbor Branson Mo.
Superior Boat Repair & Sales Rancho Cordova Calif.
Table Rock Boats Kimberling City Mo.
The Boat House Cape Coral Fla.
The Boat Shop Tafton Penn.
The Great Outdoors Marine Lavalette W.V.
The Sportsman San Benito Texas
Tobler Marina Hayden Idaho
Traverse Bay Marine Traverse City Mich.
Vallely Sport & Marine Bismarck N.D.
WakeSide Marine Elkhart Ind.
Wayzata Marine, Inc Orono Minn.

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