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December 03, 2008

Certified dealerships lead boating industry "Top 100 Dealers" list

Sixty-nine out of 100 dealerships recognized are Marine Industry Certified

Of the100 marine dealerships recently named to Boating Industry magazine's "2008 Top 100 Dealers" list, nearly 70 percent (69 out of 100) were Marine Industry Certified Dealerships.

"The fact that 69 dealerships out of the 'Top 100' selected were Certified is a real testament to the strength and endurance of the program," says Phil Keeter, president of the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) and vice president of Marine Certification Inc. "The basic processes behind the Marine Industry Dealership Certification program, in many cases, is what allowed many of these dealerships to become 'Top 100' dealerships in the first place. We're elated by this news, and we'd like to congratulate all the dealerships named to Boating Industry's 'Top 100," in particular those that have gone above and beyond by voluntarily participating in the Dealership Certification program."

Marine Industry Certified Dealerships selected as part of the Boating Industry 2008 Top 100 Dealers include:

 ·      Arrowhead Yacht Club & Marina, Ketchum
·       Austin Boats and Motors Inc., Lakeway, TX
·       B&E Marine, Michigan City, IN
·       Baert Marine Inc., Middleton, MA
·       Basa's Marine Inc., Bolingbrook, IL
·       Boat Town Inc., Austin, TX
·       Boaters Exchange, Rockledge, FL
·       Bosun's Marine Inc., Mashpee, MA
·       BMC Boats, Longwood, FL
·       Buckeye Marine, Bobcaygeon, Ontario
·       Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, CT
·       Colorado Boat Center, Loveland, CO
·       Comstock Yacht Sales & Marina, Brick, NJ
·       Crowe Marine Inc., Eatonton, GA
·       D&R Boatworld, Green Brook, NJ
·       Dry Dock Marine Center Inc., Angola, IN
·       Erickson Marine, Hastings, MN
·       Fischer Marine, Fort Myers, FL
·       Galati Yacht Sales, Anna Maria, FL
·       Galey's Marine, Bakersfield, CA
·       Gone Fishin' Marine Inc., Dixon, CA
·       Gordy's Lakefront Marine Inc., Fontana, WI
·       Hall Marine Group, Lake Wylie, SC
·       Hampton Watercraft & Marine, NY
·       Hardin Marine Arrowhead, Lake Arrowhead, CA
·       Hobby Lobby Marine, Toms River, NJ
·       Hoffmaster's Marina Inc., Woodbridge, VA
·       Irish Boat Shop, Harbor Springs, MI
·       JOA Marine, Marietta, GA
·       Kelly's Port, Osage Beach, MO
·       Lake Union Sea Ray, Seattle, WA
·       Lakeside Marine Inc., Lakeside OH
·       Legendary Marine Inc., Destin, FL
·       Lockwood Marine Inc., Shellman Bluff, GA
·       Lynnhaven Marine, Virginia Beach, VA

·       M&P Mercury Sales Ltd., Burnaby, B.C.
·       Marine Connection Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
·       Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina, FL
·       Newport Boats, Corona, CA
·       Oak Hill Marina Inc., Arnolds Park, IA
·       Parker Boat Company Inc., Orlando, FL
·       Port Harbor Marine, South Portland, ME
·       Pride Marine Group, Bracebridge, Ontario
·       Prince William Marine Sales Inc., VA
·       Quality Boats of Clearwater Inc., FL
·       Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, AL
·       Rayburn's Marine World Ltd., B.C.
·       Reed's Marine, Delavan, WI
·       Russell Marine, Alexander City, AL
·       Russo Marine, Medford, MA
·       Sea Ray of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
·       Seattle Boat Co., Seattle WA
·       Shipyard Marine, Green Bay, WI
·       Short's Marine Inc., Millsboro, DE
·       Silver Lake Marine Inc., Silver Springs, NY
·       Skyline Marina, Orillia, Ontario
·       Slalom Shop Boats & Yachts, Lewisville, TX
·       South Austin Marine, Austin, TX
·       South Shore Marine Service, Huron, OH
·       Spring Brook Marina, Seneca, IL
·       Strong's Marine LLC, Mattituck, NY
        SunDance Marine Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
·       Texas Marine, Beaumont, TX
·       The Sail & Ski Centers, Austin, TX
·       The Sportsman, San Benito, TX
·       3 Marine Center of Indiana Inc., Indianapolis
·       Valley Sport & Marine, Bismarck, ND
·       Wayzata Marine Inc., Orono, MN
·       Woodard Marine Inc., Hydeville, VT

The Marine Industry Dealership Certification program was first developed in 2005 by dealers, for dealers and focuses on the major areas impacting consumer satisfaction and dealership excellence-operations, facilities, professional sales/service processes, customer satisfaction and employee training/satisfaction. To date, a total of 425 dealerships have earned the official "Marine Industry Certified" designation.

Marine Industry Dealership Certification is part of the industry's Grow Boating Initiative, an integrated effort among organizations with an interest in the recreational marine industry to promote the boating lifestyle and improve the boating experience.  A strategic set of programs focusing on all areas of boating including water access, dealer and product certification, marketing, and research is designed to increase participation in boating and improve sales of marine products and services.  For more information, visit