The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, Bolton, Ontario, has inducted Victor Duhamel and Carl Dewar, owners of Legend Boats, into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Duhamel and Dewar's career achievements and contribution to the recreational boating industry were recognized during the NMMA Canadian Recreational Boating Industry Session at the Toronto International Boat Show at the Direct Energy Centre.
"Both Victor and Carl have contributed greatly to the recreational boating industry over the years and have provided great advancement in the industryâ€”they are a great Canadian success story!' said Sara Anghel, NMMA Executive Director and Vice President of Government Relations. "We honour them with the Hall of Fame award in recognition of their innovative thinking, leadership, and dedication to an excellent boating experience for our nation's boaters.'
Duhamel and Dewar are known for their innovation within the boating industry. Starting out as two friends who opened a tire shop in 1968, their drive and determination led to the creation of Legend Boats in 1987. They have proven themselves great leaders over the years, providing the industry with the first aluminum boats to have a full radius windshield. They also introduced the first convertible rear casting deck, which allowed their boats to switch from a deck to rear bench seats. Today, Victor Duhamel and Carl Dewar employ more than 85 people between Legend's Whitefish and Barrie, Ontario locations and have 56 independent Legend Dealers across Canada.
The NMMA Hall of Fame is the Association's highest honour. It was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. The association honours individuals whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation and perfection within their respective spheres of expertise.
The NMMA is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout Canada and the US.