Petzold’s Marine celebrates 70th anniversary

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Portland, Conn.-based Petzold’s Marine, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is planning a Mardi Gras-themed open house this weekend.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be more than 70 new and used boats to view, including new boats from Sabre, Regal, Back Cove and Edgewater. There also will be door prizes, vendors, refreshments and extra savings in the discount marine store.

A business that was started in 1945 by Bill and Agnes Petzold, who sold outboard motors and small rowboats from their home’s basement, Petzold’s is in its fourth generation of family ownership. A dealer for such boat lines as Regal, Edgewater, Back Cove and Sabre, Petzold’s said it has one of the largest heated showrooms in New England, with models as large as 50 feet on display.

Petzold’s also provides services that include seasonal commissioning and decommissioning, engine repair, repowering, custom canvas and electrical installation.

“We’re proud of this anniversary,” Petzold’s Marine Center president Robert Petzold said in a statement. “Being in business for 70 years is due to more than just selling great boats. It’s about customer service and the relationships we’ve built with boaters. This would not be possible without our great employees. We look forward to continuing for years to come.”

“The 300-plus associates of Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts wish to congratulate the Petzold’s family on the 70th anniversary of Petzold’s Marine Center,” said Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales for Sabre and Back Cove Yachts. “Although our connection to the family is only seven years young, we have come to appreciate the strength and pride of the family and their staff in their everyday dealings with our staff and our clients. We are proud of the manner in which our brands are represented in their marketplace.”

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