Vero Marine Center - 12 Royal Palm Pointe, Vero Beach, Florida 32960 - Phone: (772) 562-7922

Brian’s Newsletter


May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Valued Customer:

Hopefully as we slip into the month of May the winds of April will subside. Other than the occasional day here and there the last 30 days was as windy a month as we’ve had in awhile. Even with all this east wind the inshore boating has been fantastic with warm temperatures and very little rain. Summer here we come!

April was a busy month on many fronts for us. On April 6th the Grady Bunch got out on the water and even though this was billed as our “shallow water” trip somehow no one ran aground! We spent the morning skirting the shallows along the eastern bank of the Indian River and then a little after noon we rafted up north of the Barber Bridge for a picnic lunch. A perfect day on the water with a great bunch of folks. To say a great time was had by all would be an understatement! Right after that on April 8th & 9th was the 34th Annual Vero Beach Spring Boat Show. We’ve done a lot of boat shows through the years but our local show in Riverside Park continues to be one of the best. Sure, the bigger city shows are bigger events with more of a party atmosphere, but when it comes down to buying a boat from a local dealer who will provide local, convenient service, the Vero Beach Boat Show is tough to beat. Needless to say, this year’s show was a success! As the local boater prepares to get out on the water we stock up on popular models and this year we had almost 20 boats on display. We are still busy as a result. If that weren’t enough, the Grady Bunch spent the last weekend of the month on a cruise to Cocoa Village. Once again, what a great group of folks making some great memories. Artie Olson led the charge on this trip while I was with two other Grady Bunch members fishing the Annual Man ‘O War Offshore Tournament in the Bahamas. Yes, April was a big month for boating around here! The Grady Bunch will also stay busy in May with a Sebastian River Cruise & Raft Up on the 4th, a combined Grady Guys and Grady Ladies Luncheon at the Vero Beach Yacht Club on the 10th, and a Full Moon Raft Up at Hole in the Wall Island on the 11th. Like I always say, we’re happy to be who we are, where we are!

Although we get to spend some quality time on the water because of what we do for a living, we do spend a lot of time working hard at helping others enjoy boating as much as we do. It seems lately that if it weren’t for the fact that we’re closed on Sunday, Artie and Joe in the sales department would rarely take a day off. The boys on the dock and in the shop also work hard to keep boaters boating and make your time on the water as trouble free as possible. You may see some new faces around here as a result of our level of business. First, we’re happy to welcome aboard Andy Demko in our technical department. Andy comes to us with years of experience on the waterfront in New Jersey. He had enough of cold winters and decided to make the move south and we’re happy to have him here at Vero Marine Center. Also, Lucas finally has some additional help out on the docks as Frank Miller has joined the crew. Frank has a wide and varied background on the water from being a licensed captain to commercial offshore endeavors. Both of these guys bring some new energy and couldn’t have joined us at a better time. Welcome aboard!

After 35 years of being Grady White dealers we continue to be impressed not only with the quality of the boats but the quality of the people that build them. They continue to push ahead with new designs and new models. This year we saw two new 23 foot models, the 235 Freedom and the 236 Fisherman and soon we’ll have an all new 215 Freedom and 216 Fisherman. There are also a couple of new larger boats that will be introduced over the fall and winter boat shows but more on that later! The Grady White name is synonymous with premium quality boats and customer service and after 35 years I can tell you for sure that they continue to improve and build on what has made Grady White an iconic name in boating. As we approach the end of our second year representing Robalo we are starting to find our footing as to which models are popular and which models compliment what we offer with Grady White. It’s no secret that Robalo has been well received in our area. A friend of mine told me recently after traveling down the ICW from Maryland that he knew he was getting close to Vero Beach as every other boat he passed was either a Grady White or a Robalo! We know that we can’t be all things to all people but we work hard to be the best at what we do and offering the best boats and motors is part of that philosophy.

Of course we offer used boats as well (pre-loved as we call them!) If you’re looking for something that you don’t see on our lot, let us know, you never know what might arrive here tomorrow. As always, we are appreciative of our new customers and thankful for the trust that you put in us. This month we welcome aboard Mr. & Mrs. Bob VanDyk, Mr. & Mrs. Mike Civisca, Mr. & Mrs. Mike Laporta, Mr. Brandon Albert, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Salin, Mr. Hobie Buppert, Mr. Buddy Willis, Mr. David Malis, and Mr. Coy McDonald. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

With Memorial Day coming up we want you and your boat to be ready and properly equipped. This is one of the busiest boating weekends of the year, so stop in and see Kevin, Lyndsay or Dick in our Ship’s Store for any accessories you may need. Is your safety gear up to date? Are your electronics doing the job they should? Is it time to replace those old dock lines or get prepared for a Bahamas cruise? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve got you covered! Call or email us at and let us know what we can do to assist. Better yet, stop in and let us know your plans and we’re happy to offer sound advice at no charge!

As we move through another successful year we want to thank you all for your enthusiastic support and your kind referrals. Our goal is to provide the best possible boating experience for our friends and customers. We hope that you have personally experienced the honest enthusiasm that all of our crew members attempts to deliver every day. From Boo, Artie, Laura, Joe, Gladwin, Jean, Lyndsay, Brian Olson, Kevin, Dick, Lucas, Doug, Garrett, Andy, Frank and myself we want to make sure you all know how much we appreciate your business. We look forward to seeing you all on the water!

Happy Boating,

Brian Cunningham

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~ William James