September 2017 Newsletter
Dear Valued Customer:
Happy September everyone. For most of the country Labor Day Weekend is the “unofficial” end of summer. I guess in many ways it is around here as well but you couldn’t tell by the weather and the high temperatures! Of course September is the peak time of the year in the tropics so the high temperatures are a better option than putting up storm shutters. Our thoughts go out to the folks in Eastern Texas. After what we went through here in 2004 and 2005 we know how catastrophic a hurricane truly can be. We wish those affected by Hurricane Harvey the best.
It used to be that the summer months of July, August and September were the slow time around here but July and August were busy this year. We’ll see what September brings as we get into our “off season” projects. Right now we’re renovating the Ship’s Store. New shelving, fresh paint, new carpet, and general redecorating are underway. This is a pretty big task and everyone around here has chipped in to help make this job go smoothly. Although we’ve only just started, already it’s looking great! After that will be new carpet and updating throughout the rest of the place. We have some big plans, if we could only get an extra day or two in the week!
In the sales department things have gotten even more interesting. We are officially out of Grady White inventory and the lowest on Robalo inventory since we took the line on. Over the last couple of months I’ve been saying things like “don’t drag your feet” and “don’t wait to order a boat for fall delivery”. Well, here we are with proof that if you snooze you lose! We have lots of boats on order but those boats are selling as well. Once again, we don’t want to see you miss out so don’t delay getting ahold of us to start the due diligence. Grady White’s Grady Days Promotion is still in full swing and obviously inspiring to many folks, so don’t miss out on their best promotion of the year. Grady Days ends on November 7th…it’ll be here before you know it! Grady White is also on the move with new model introductions. There are two new 20’s, the Freedom 215 and the Fisherman 216 as well as the very exciting Freedom 325. Most of the specs and information are up on Grady White’s website so you can get an idea of what these boats are all about at www.gradywhite.com. On September 11th Artie Olson and I will be attending the Robalo National Dealer Conference and I’ve been informed that we will be receiving a Top Dealer Award for sales as well as top CSI Award for our customer service. Of course we’re proud to accept these awards but we want to say thank you to all of you who filled out and returned surveys. I know that in today’s world we all get bombarded with these kinds of things so we truly appreciate you all taking the time to respond with such positive feedback! As always, this month we would like to welcome aboard our newest crew members. We’re happy to welcome Mr. Arnie Gentile, Mr. Chris Keithline, Mr. Steve Seagraves, Mr. & Mrs. Lanny Ross, Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Jess, and Mr. Tom Ferme to the crew. All of us here at “The Busy Marina” would like to THANK YOU for your business. We look forward to making your time on the water convenient and fun!
I would be remiss without mentioning (and thanking) the crew in the service department. Without their hard work and technical expertise many things just wouldn’t get done. Boo, Gladwin, Brian, Doug, Lucas, Wayne, Andy, and Myron keep this place rolling! This is possibly the best crew we’ve ever had here. Motivated, technically able and all boaters. Being a boater gives these guys a perspective that many technicians don’t have and it shows in the quality of their teamwork! Thank you gentlemen.
I feel like we’ve not had a breather this year and that’s not a complaint but we all need to recharge our batteries from time to time and we’re all taking turns getting some R & R so we can be ready for the fall season. We practice what we preach about spending time on the water being good for the soul and we’ve taken full advantage of our proximity to the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. We recommend you do the same! Spend time away from land and have some fun on the water. The weather and the water are still warm, the river is a little quieter right now and we live in a boating paradise. What’s holding you back?! It’s been another amazing year here at Vero Marine Center but we’re not done yet…it’s only September and there’s plenty yet to do. We realize that we couldn’t do all of the things that we do without you, our friends and customers. We enjoy what we do and the lifestyle that goes along with it. We enjoy helping you have fun on the water and we thank you all for your friendship, your business and your help spreading the good word!
P.S. As we work our way through Hurricane season remember to keep a close weather eye on the tropics. Make sure you have a storm plan for your boat. Preparation and planning are the key to keeping your boat safe and sound. The sea turtles are still forecasting good things and we’re counting on them to be right!
“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play.” ~ Arnold J. Toynbee