CLEARWATER, FL (April 22, 2019) – MarineMax announced that it has completed the acquisition of Sail & Ski Center, a highly awarded boat dealership operating in the fast-growing markets of Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The merger solidifies MarineMax’s Texas presence and better enables the combined operations to fulfill the highest needs and experiences of boaters in the Texas market.
Sail & Ski Center was founded in 1969 by the late Rod Malone, a well-respected and passionate boating enthusiast. The entire Sail & Ski team will remain with the company and continue to run the day-to-day operations to deliver the best boating experience to their customers.
“We are excited to strengthen and enhance our presence in the large and important Texas market by adding the Sail & Ski operations to our existing Texas business in the Dallas and Houston markets,” says Brett McGill, Chief Executive Officer and President of MarineMax, Inc. “Buzz Watkins and Doug Malone, the operators of the business, are well respected in our industry, and we are very proud to welcome them and the Sail & Ski team to the MarineMax family. We are looking forward to combining best practices with Sail & Ski, especially in the towboat market and the parts and accessory area, which they do better than most. We operate with similar customer-centric strategies, and we firmly believe that together we will be even stronger serving boating enthusiasts in the growing Texas market.”
Buzz Watkins, President of Sail & Ski Center, stated, “We have been long-time industry partners of MarineMax and have watched and admired their accomplishments over the years. We are excited about joining the MarineMax team. We believe access to their exclusive brands will further drive our growth. This strategic combination better enables Sail & Ski to grow and take advantage of new opportunities in the future.”
Since the inception of Boating Industry Magazine’s ranking of the Top 100 Dealers in North America, Sail & Ski has been ranked in the top 10 and recognized as the best dealer in North America in 2010 and 2018. The brands represented by Sail & Ski are consistent or complimentary with those offered by MarineMax and include expanded water sports and snow sports accessory business.