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Boat retailers, marina cashing in on more owners

Boat sales in the United States and in North Carolina are up, thanks to the economy and disposable income.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Investing in a boat is on an upswing and local businesses are feeling the wake.

In 2016, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported a more than 6 percent surge in powerboat sales, equating to an estimated 250,000 boats sold.

The association reported an even more substantial growth rate in powerboat, engine and trailer sales in North Carolina, which has seen a 9.4-percent uptick since 2014 and $634.6 million in sales — placing it sixth in the country.

David Floyd, president of Atlantic Marine in Wilmington, said a strong economy and recreational confidence in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington has produced “phenomenal” sales for his company in 2017.

“We have some models that are sold out until after the year,” he said.

Jodi Knopf, general manager of Saltwater Marine on Carolina Beach Road, said they have been stocking more boats through the year. Talking with customers, she said they attribute the higher interest in buying to Wilmington’s growing population and more disposable income.

“Every situation is obviously different, but when you get back into that financial comfort zone, people are more likely to explore buying a boat,” she said. “It is a luxury.”

Floyd said his marina in Wrightsville Beach is also seeing unprecedented interest from boat owners.

“We have a waiting list for storage space,” he said. “We typically have one, but never to the extent it is currently. The biggest deterrent to buying right now just might be (the lack of) storage space.”

The Port City Marina, which sits along the Cape Fear River, has only been in operation for two years, but has registered a similar show of interest.

Unlike like marinas that have a waiting list, Manager Pete Werling said the marina has been able to accommodate boaters because their slips aren’t owned but rented.

“We have seen an uptick in slip rentals and just boating traffic in the river in general,” he said.

He didn’t have answers for why more people are invested in boats, but did say he’s seen more baby boomers purchase them to live aboard them and travel area waters.

Floyd said one of the biggest motivations behind the upward trend is the universal appeal of a boat for the family.

“They just want to have some family time,” he said. “The boating industry involves recreation the whole family can take part in.”

Reporter Hunter Ingram can be recahed at 910-343-2327 or Hunter.Ingram@StarNewsOnline.com.


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CHESTER — Kent Narrows Marine will open Phase 1 of a state-of-the-art boatel this fall.

A heated indoor boat storage facility that can accommodate up to 200 boats, the boatel will be located at Kent Narrows near the Piney Narrows Yacht Haven.

Boatel storage provides boat owners a worry-free way to enjoy boating with the elimination of boat ramp drama and exposure to external elements when the boat isn’t in use. By using the latest BoatCloud StackTrack phone app, a customer can schedule their launch well in advance to ensure their boat will be in the water and ready for a fun day of boating.

Kent Narrows Marine is owned and managed by local residents and businessmen; Jody Schulz, Fisherman’s Inn and Crab Deck restaurants, Rob Marsh, Wye River Marine Boat Sales, and Jeff Kogok, the owner of the Severna Park Tap House restaurant.

“With the Kent Narrows as one of the best boating destinations on the Chesapeake Bay, we are excited to offer this new type of boating opportunity to the area,” Marsh said. “This boatel will be a positive contribution to many other local businesses here in Queen Anne’s County along with creating new job opportunities and expanding the commercial tax base.”

Kent Narrows Marine will be a full-service operation including all aspects of marine repair and maintenance along with a full concierge service providing food and beverage, boat rentals and trailer rentals. Future developments are to include a restaurant, a convenience/marine store, and opportunities for other retail and commercial tenants.

“The support from the local community and an extremely helpful staff at the Queen Anne’s County planning office has been instrumental in making this a reality,” Schulz said.

Shore United Bank is financing the Kent Narrows Marine project.

“Being able to offer this service in our area is huge for the boating community,” Robin O’Brien, vice president and commercial banking officer at Shore United Bank, said. “We are very excited to be a part of something so impactful to our community and our local economy.”

Kent Narrows Marine will be providing multiple high skilled job opportunities for forklift operators, marine technicians, dock hands and office personnel. The grand opening for the boatel is scheduled for Nov. 1, 2017. For more information, visit www.kentnarrowsmarine.com.


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Boatel Coming Soon to Kent Narrows

CHESTER — Kent Narrows Marine will open Phase 1 of a state-of-the-art boatel this fall.

A heated indoor boat storage facility that can accommodate up to 200 boats, the boatel will be located at Kent Narrows near the Piney Narrows Yacht Haven.

Boatel storage provides boat owners a worry-free way to enjoy boating with the elimination of boat ramp drama and exposure to external elements when the boat isn’t in use. By using the latest BoatCloud StackTrack phone app, a customer can schedule their launch well in advance to ensure their boat will be in the water and ready for a fun day of boating.

Kent Narrows Marine is owned and managed by local residents and businessmen; Jody Schulz, Fisherman’s Inn and Crab Deck restaurants, Rob Marsh, Wye River Marine Boat Sales, and Jeff Kogok, the owner of the Severna Park Tap House restaurant.

“With the Kent Narrows as one of the best boating destinations on the Chesapeake Bay, we are excited to offer this new type of boating opportunity to the area,” Marsh said. “This boatel will be a positive contribution to many other local businesses here in Queen Anne’s County along with creating new job opportunities and expanding the commercial tax base.”

Kent Narrows Marine will be a full-service operation including all aspects of marine repair and maintenance along with a full concierge service providing food and beverage, boat rentals and trailer rentals. Future developments are to include a restaurant, a convenience/marine store, and opportunities for other retail and commercial tenants.

“The support from the local community and an extremely helpful staff at the Queen Anne’s County planning office has been instrumental in making this a reality,” Schulz said.

Shore United Bank is financing the Kent Narrows Marine project.

“Being able to offer this service in our area is huge for the boating community,” Robin O’Brien, vice president and commercial banking officer at Shore United Bank, said. “We are very excited to be a part of something so impactful to our community and our local economy.”

Kent Narrows Marine will be providing multiple high skilled job opportunities for forklift operators, marine technicians, dock hands and office personnel. The grand opening for the boatel is scheduled for Nov. 1, 2017. For more information, visit www.kentnarrowsmarine.com.


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