Legendary Marine wins Dealer of the Year honor


Florida-based Legendary Marine earned the Dealer of the Year award from Boating Industry magazine.

Winners of the 2012 Top 100 Boat Dealers awards were named Wednesday night at a gala at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.

“The Top 100 list has made me better,” an emotional Fred Pace, co-owner of Legendary Marine, said in his acceptance speech.

“This was a total surprise,” he told Soundings Trade Only.

“When evaluating Legendary Marine, we were impressed by the company’s rapid growth, strong financials and heavy investments in marketing, education and service,” Boating Industry editor Jonathan Sweet said in a statement. “It’s clear that Fred Pace and his team have made the right choices to guide Legendary through the recession and into the recovery.”

The six-hour, island-themed event included dinner, dancing and a few dealers on stage in grass skirts doing the hula.

Along with the Top 100, Boating Industry inducted a new company into the Top 100 Hall of Fame: Prince William Marine Sales of Woodbridge, Va. Prince William joins the two previous inductees, Galati Yacht Sales and MarineMax. Companies are inducted into the Hall of Fame after twice being ranked as the top dealer.

“This group of dealers truly represents the elite of the boating industry, companies that are excelling in customer satisfaction, service and overall business success,” Sweet said in a statement about the Top 100. “From thousands of dealers in North America, these 100 companies stand out as the best of the best.”

Boating Industry also recognized eight other dealers with Best in Class awards.

• Best Website: Action Water Sports, Hudsonville, Mich.

• Best Place to Work: Port Harbor Marine, South Portland, Maine

• Best Boat Show Strategy: The Sail & Ski Center, Austin, Texas

• Best Events: Parks Marina, Okoboji, Iowa

• Best Industry Advocate: Buckeye Marine, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

• Most Innovative: WakeSide Marine, Elkhart, Ind.

• Best Marketing: BMC Boats, Longwood, Fla.

• Best Service Department: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Fontana, Wis.

Click here for the full list.

— Reagan Haynes


G.G. Schmitt Names Business Unit Director

Ross Kennedy joins the Patrick Industries-owned marine hardware manufacturer.

Marine Connection Opens New Complex

The waterfront location in Aventura is the company’s seventh Florida retail and service facility.

Shockwave Unveils New Suspension Module

The S6 module has an integrated height adjustment and can be paired with any seat that has a common bolt pattern.

Industry Mourns Paul Fletcher

Fletcher, who founded Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Co. in 1975, was 77.

New Leadership at Roscioli Yachting Center

OneWater Marine has been named James Brewer managing director of the facility.

PressureMate Introduces On-Board Pressure Washer

The 12-volt system has a patent-pending plunger design that produces 600 psi of pressure.

ABYC Introduces Entry-Level Certification

The Marine Service Technology program now includes a year-end exam to help launch students into marine-industry careers.