Quartermaster Marine, Charlottetown, PEI, has unveiled an expanded showroom and service facility during the facility's recent open house in early May.
According to Jason Craig, sales manager for Quartermaster Marine, the service facility has been expanded from 2,500 square feet to approximately 4,000 while its showroom has nearly doubled to 7,000 square feet.
Expanded in an effort to augment business, improve workflow and increase productivity levels, the service facility currently has five bay doors, in-floor heating and staffs a team of mechanics. Quartermaster is currently a Certified Service and Warranty Dealer for Mercury Outboards, MerCruiser sterndrives and inboards. They also service Johnson and Evinrude outboards and offers minor fibreglass repairs.
“We basically out grew the facilities we previously had,” said Craig. “Our business has been growing drastically in the last three years and we felt it was time to expand even though we don't know what this year is going to bring. We felt there was still time to invest in the company and improve our operations.”
Craig explained that recreational boating in the Maritimes has increased and they have become more aggressive in going after additional business. Quartermaster currently represents Bayliner for Nova Scotia and PEI, along with Maxum, Boston Whaler, Walker Bay, Carolina Skiff, and Trophy. It currently has 20 models showcased in its newly redesigned showroom.
“We have 7,000 square feet of showroom space right now, previously it was 3,500 square feet. We doubled our space and at the same time, totally redesigned the whole interior of the building and the exterior,” said Craig.
The showroom has been renovated with a wide-open floor plan, allowing sufficient space to accommodate boat models, sales offices as well as a relaxed atmosphere for consumers to browse the models. Two lofts have also been added for its Walker Bay Inflatables and smaller Boston Whaler models.
“What we have found over the last few years is the buyer is no longer waiting until the sunny spring days to purchase. They are purchasing throughout the winter months as well.”
Serving Maritime boaters since 1983, Quartermaster has also increased its cold dry boat storage capacity from 35,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet, which is able to accommodate up 150 boats.