November 2017 Newsletter
Dear Valued Customer,
Happy November everyone! The holiday season is officially here. Daylight saving time is over and the days are getting shorter. I guess that’s why these last couple of months of the year just fly by. We always run a wicked pace around here but this is the time of year that moves with extra energy. We are just about done with the final details of Hurricane Irma recovery and most all of the docks and lifts that experienced damage are repaired. The boats coming out of our warehouses are being delivered back to their homes smoothly and our marina slips are just about full. Once again, the entire Vero Marine Center crew is one hustling bunch of folks. This place is not for the faint of heart in these busy times!
Over the last few weeks we have started taking delivery of the new 2018 Grady White’s and Robalo’s that we ordered back over the summer and our lot is as full of inventory as I’ve seen in awhile. We still have a handful of 2017 models in stock but they won’t last long at the current pace. This may be a tough year to get boats in a timely fashion as some models are already sold out until Spring! I’m glad we ordered what we did when we did and I’m hoping we have what you’re looking for and can meet or exceed your expectations. Both Grady White and Robalo have new offerings for 2018 and it’s pretty exciting to see what’s coming. Grady White has gone overboard and have a record number of new models in the works. Yes, we have some in stock and all are on the way. We’re confident that you’ll be as impressed as we are! New models from Grady White are the 215 Freedom, 216 Fisherman, 235 Freedom, 236 Fisherman, and the 325 Freedom. Between new dual consoles and new center consoles Grady White is on the move! Also, since it’s the worst kept secret in the boat business, Grady White is introducing the mammoth 456 Canyon in the Spring. Yes, a FORTY-FIVE foot Grady White is on the horizon. Artie Olson and I were at the Grady White Dealer Meeting in Greenville, NC last week and got to jump aboard all of these new models and learn a little more about what’s to come. We were also there to accept two awards. The Sales Achievement Award as well as the Service Excellence Award. The Service Excellence Award means a lot to us as the award comes directly from feedback from you, our customers. We can’t “Thank You” enough! This year we had similar results with Robalo. We won their Customer Satisfaction Award as well as a Top Dealer for sales award. Let the good times roll! We’re always happy to welcome aboard our new friends and customers and this month we welcome, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Haug, Mr. & Mrs. Randy Statler, Mr. & Mrs. David Young, Mr. Rodney Jackson, Mr. Steven Getz, Mr. Gene Lee, and Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Hustead. Thank you all for your business and for choosing Vero Marine Center as your boating headquarters. We aim to please!
We’re also busy putting together the 34th Annual Fall Vero Beach Boat Show and hope to have many of the new models available for you to see in person. The show is Saturday and Sunday November 18th & 19th in Riverside Park. This local show is still our favorite show to do. Family oriented, low key and a bit of “old home week” for us as we get to see a lot of our returning friends from the North. This year’s show is shaping up to be a good one and we hope to see you all there!
I’ve been reporting about the renovations and upgrades in our Ship’s Shore and save for a few minor details, we’re done. Kevin, Lyndsay and Laura have worked hard to pull it all together and it looks great! Nice job everyone! Our bookkeeper Jean had a complete redo of her office with new carpet, shelving and work station. Boo’s office/parts room got new carpet and last up are Laura’s and my offices and we’re hoping to dig into that after the Boat Show. Busy, Busy.
As always, we look forward to Thanksgiving around here. As friends and family come together we have much to be thankful for. One of my favorite sayings is especially true at this time of the year; “We’re happy to be who we are, where we are”. In observance of the holiday we will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd but will be back open on Friday the 24th. All of us here at “The Busy Marina” thank you all for your business, support, loyalty, and friendship. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. The Grady Bunch will be back in action soon. Check your email for the first few get-together’s soon. The first Grady Guys lunch at the Vero Beach Yacht Club will be on Wednesday, November 29th and the first Grady Ladies soiree will be Thursday, December 7th.
P.P.S. We will go back to our regular Saturday hours starting November 25th. The Sales department and Ship’s Store will be open Monday – Friday from 8-5 and Saturday from 8-3. The Parts and Service department will be open Monday – Friday from 8- 5.
“You belong among the wildflowers. You belong in a boat out at sea. Sail away, kill off the hours. You belong somewhere you feel free.” ~ Tom Petty