Skyline Marina in Orillia, Ontario, has been sold to Pride Marine Group, which has several Ontario-based locations. The sale was completed on July 17.
Skyline Marina has been in business since 1959 and has been based in Oro-Medonte (Orillia), Ontario, since 2006. The business' 26,000 square-foot facility features climate controlled showrooms as well as a parts and service department.
Skyline Marina, a dealer of the Sea Ray, Hatteras and Meridian Yachts boat brands, sent out a letter to its customers notifying them of the change in ownership. Cameron Wardlaw, Skyline Marina's President, sent the following letter:
“After 54 wonderful years as Owner and President of Skyline Marina, it is with mixed emotions that I let you know that Skyline Marina is changing hands. Since in my twenties, Skyline Marina has been my focus and I have decided the time has come for me to enjoy life without the responsibilities of this fabulous business.
“I have been assured by the new owners, the Pride Marine Group, that Skyline Marina will continue with same spirit and commitment as we have provided for all of these years and which made Skyline Marina the NUMBER ONE Sea Ray dealer in Canada.
“We have always tried to give you the best possible boating experience and have been rewarded by you allowing us to serve you. It is with much thanks and appreciation to you, our loyal customers, that I wish you my very best.”
Pride Marine Group's President, Paul Nickel, also sent out a letter to customers confirming the purchase of Skyline Marina.
"Effective July 17th, we will welcome Skyline Marina, with over 53 years of experience, into the Pride family. Pride Marine Group will add the prestigious brands of Sea Ray, Meridian and Hatteras to our already great line up of boats, which include Nautique, Chaparral, Robalo, Crownline, Edgewater, Chris-Craft and South Bay.
"Dan Pride will be taking over as General Manager for both Skyline and Pride's current brokerage business. Dan brings a wealth of knowledge of cruisers and yachts as he has worked with Sea Ray and other manufacturers for over 20 years.
"We will add Skyline's three locations (Bridge Port Marina in Orillia, Bay Port Yachting Centre in Midland and the Orillia showroom) to our seven other locations: Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau/Joe, Lake of Bays, Balsam Lake, Innisfil and Wye Heritage Marina.
"I want to thank you for your patronage of Pride during the last 28 years. We look forward to being able to service your future boating needs with our broader range of products and services.'
As Nickel stated, with the addition of Skyline Marina, Pride Marine Group will have seven showrooms and three sales offices in Ontario.