Fisher’s Marina on Ohio’s Buckeye Lake has grown steadily throughout its 103 years.

Family-owned for a century

How’s this for longevity: a marina established in 1912 that is still going strong — even growing —103 years later. And run by the great-grandson and great-great-grandson of the founder.

A young Phil Keeter (left) with his first two employees at Romer Marine.

A serendipitous marine landing

Phil Keeter, the retired president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, says he was fired only once in his career — by me! That’s right. Phil says I fired him. And he kids me about it each time we talk. As the owner of Romer Marine in Tulsa, Okla., Phil was an outstanding…more

Pack St. Clair launched Cobalt Boats in 1968 in an unlikely locale: landlocked rural Kansas.

‘Keeper of the culture’

If you had no experience building fiberglass boats and wanted to start a company, where would you go? Michigan? Good idea. Florida? Another fine choice. Texas or North Carolina? Sure. Kansas? Eh, maybe not.

Bill Huggins and grandson Matthew Huggins are the second and fourth generations of the family to lead the Georgia dealership.

‘Profit is not a dirty word’

Four generations of the entrepreneurial Huggins family have operated Huggins Outboard in Albany, Ga., since it was founded 73 years ago. Huggins Outboard has since become the largest boat and motor dealer in an 85-mile radius of Albany.

Bill Huggins and grandson Matthew Huggins are the second and fourth generations of the family to lead the Georgia dealership.

Georgia dealership passes to fourth generation

Four generations of the entrepreneurial Huggins family have operated Huggins Outboard in Albany, Ga., since it was founded 73 years ago. Huggins Outboard has become the largest boat and motor dealer in an 85-mile radius of Albany.

Eddie with his father, George, whom he credits for his business success.

An entrepreneur with a vision

Absorbing his father’s business acumen, Grady-White’s Eddie Smith turned a failing builder into a sportfishing stalwart.

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