January 2018 Newsletter
Dear Valued Customer,
Happy New Year! All of us here at “The Busy Marina” wish you and yours the best of New Years in 2018. There is much to look forward to in these busy times. Vero Beach has been one buzzing little town these last few months. Between perfect boating weather and more people in town than I can recall in a long time, the waterfront has been busy. We had our first Grady Bunch Secret Destination Lunch on December 12th and then a very well attended Christmas Boat Parade on December 16th. Boaters were ready to go boating and Mother Nature was with us!
I don’t see a slowdown to the activity in January. Coming up on January 12th – 14th is the 44th Annual Stuart Boat Show. We will be in our usual location on the Center Dock and are targeting to have a variety of Grady White’s from 27′ to 37′ on display. The Stuart Boat Show is always a different kind of event for us as it’s the only in-water show that we do so it’s a welcomed change of pace for us. Also this month we are once again proud to be a major sponsor of the Sixteenth Annual Quail Valley Charity Cup week which is January 17th – 20th. Once again, we will be sponsoring the Wednesday – Saturday Charity Cup Tennis Tournament and as always encourage you to stop by and support these very worthy local charities.
January is the kickoff to this year’s Grady Bunch activities and though we’re busy here at the marina, we’re ready to get moving! Right after we get back from Stuart we have another Grady Bunch Secret Destination Lunch on January 18th. We’ve got our eye on a location we don’t usually visit but I can’t tell you where because, well you know, it’s a secret! Then on Sunday, January 28th if you’re a Grady Bunch member don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Annual Grady Bunch Banquet. Formal letters have gone out and we look forward to seeing you for this fun event!
With the very capable crew of Gladwin, Brian, Andy, Myron, and Doug in the service department, Boo has been able to schedule service in reasonable time frames. We always look out for our own and prioritize those who have purchased their boats from us. We still run a solid backlog in service but these guys are getting the job done! We will however be down a man this month as we’re sending Brian Olson off to Yamaha Service Training School in Georgia for a week. Brian has done a fantastic job this year and is off to advance his education. We know he will return with honors! In the meantime there are many new boats to make ready as Artie and Joe have been busy as well! Once again proving that between Grady White, Robalo and Yamaha we truly have the best brands for our area. We have seen great sales across the board and I’m hoping we have enough inventory! As I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters, we order our inventory in June and July for the following year and I still haven’t found a crystal ball with which to predict the future, so we have to rely on experience and good old gut feel. Well, it’s perhaps a bit more scientific than that but suffice it to say that the boating industry as a whole is beginning to see sales outpace manufacturing and I’m seeing the longest lead times on new orders that I’ve seen in a long time. The moral to the story is don’t delay! As we begin 2018, Grady White, Robalo and Yamaha all have new sales promotions in play and there’s no time like the present to get boating! Not unlike last year we had some smart folks purchase family boats for Christmas. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving! This month we would like to welcome aboard Mr. & Mrs. Paul Schlitt, Mr. & Mrs. Chris Carr, Mr. Jose Frias, Dr. & Mrs. Richard Gardner, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Griffith, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sellinger, Mr. & Mrs. Leo Carney, Mr. & Mrs. Charbel Mendoza, Mr. & Mrs. Don Walker, Mr. Mark Nitzel, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Graves, Mr. & Mrs. Geoff Cunliffe, Dr. & Mrs. Paul Bakule, Mr. & Mrs. Guy Mitchell, and Mr. & Mrs. Steve Williams. We thank you for your business and we look forward to helping you and your family have fun on the water.
There is no question that 2017 was an amazing year. Between representing some of the best names in the business, having some of the best people all under one roof and having some of the best customers, partners and friends, we couldn’t be more thankful. The forecast for 2018? More of the same! We live in a great little waterfront town where people believe in supporting local business. Folks in Vero Beach like to be outdoors and we have the right weather! Whether you golf, cycle, run, or go boating, this is an active community and we’re fortunate to be in a fun lifestyle business. For the last 60 years we have had one goal…Taking Your Boating Fun Seriously! We intend to do more of the same in 2018.
All of us here at Vero Marine Center thank you for your business, your support, your kind referrals, and most importantly your friendship.
Happy New Year & Happy Boating,
“Keep a steady hand on the helm, steer a straight course and may clear blue skies and a fair wind always be with you. We all have great days ahead!” ~ Bruce MacIntyre