We got into the marine business because of our love of nature and the outdoors, and our motivation is to help people have fun in the outdoors on our beautiful bodies of water.
In 1986, we acquired the Beech Fork Lake Marina, a marina with 275 slips and a boat rental facility just outside Huntington, West Virginia.
In 1991, we started our boat dealership, The Great Outdoors Marine and Sports Shop. In the beginning, we sold pontoon boats and aluminum fishing boats, as well as archery hunting equipment and fishing tackle. We soon added fiberglass bass boats.
We outgrew our original facility, and in 1997 built a new building with a large indoor showroom and service facility. We then added runabouts and deck boats to our line up. In 2008, we added another service building, giving us over 20,000 square feet under roof, and greatly increasing our service efficiency.
In 2012, we received national recognition as a Marine 5-Star Certified Dealer and a Boating Industry Top 100 Dealer, in both cases the only West Virginia boat dealer to ever achieve these honors.
We continue to look for ways to better our business and improve our overall customer satisfaction and to make the boating lifestyle more enjoyable for our customers.