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A hundred years, a thousand challenges

Marine Equipment & Supply Company marks its centennial and looks back at other challenging times The telephone in the home of Don Kirkland Sr. rang at 2:30 a.m. March 3, 1959, jarring him out of a sound sleep. On the other end of the line was Margaret Heller, the bookkeeper and office manager of Kirkland’s…more

Thank God for the service department

The stepchild of boom years is earning its wings in these leaner times Don MacKenzie has a newfound appreciation of the service department at Boats Incorporated, a Niantic, Conn., dealership for Grady-White Boats, Parker Marine Enterprises and Yamaha outboards. “Right now, more than at any other time, I realize how important our service department is,”…more

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From boats to rockets to water slides

With more than four decades in the marine industry, Bob Long has seen tough times before. Given the oil embargo, the luxury tax, and the general ups and downs of the economy, periodic economic adversity was just part of doing business when he served 18 years as president of Wellcraft Marine Corp. and in upper…more

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Southport boat works’ next chapter

The North Carolina boatbuilder was acquired by its largest dealer, American Global Yacht Group When the credit markets seized up last November, it sent shockwaves through the boating industry. Capital for dealers dried up, making it difficult, if not impossible, to borrow money to purchase new boats for the sales floor. This, in turn, caused…more

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One woman show

Tracy Riley bought River Harbour Marina in 2004, and her hard work as the only employee is paying off Tracy Riley won’t soon forget Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, as she stood on the banks of the Beaver River in Bridgewater, Pa., watching the water rise. The remnants of Hurricane Ivan had dumped a record 5.9…more

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$6M yacht repair facility coming to the Gulf ICW

Saunders Yachtworks says its focus on service enables it to grow despite the weak economy In an economic shakeup, it’s easy to think doom and gloom, but not at Saunders Yachtworks, a regional yacht service business in Orange Beach, Ala. The company is investing approximately $6 million in a new development — NorthHarbor Yacht Center,…more

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Downturn doesn’t stop Grand Banks dealer

Wealthy clients and brand reputation propel CYI to a banner first year To say Steve Fithian has the Midas touch isn’t much of an exaggeration. Instead of hunkering down in these difficult economic times, he’s hiring new sales staff. He added a third office and will soon open a fourth, and he moved his company…more

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