Friday, March 13, 2020

Boating Will Save the World

I'm 43 years young.  I have never experienced a week like this. 

On Sunday, we finished up at the Augusta Boat Show.  Hamlin's Marine broke an all-time record for boats sold. 

New Stingray 191 DC

Mark's Music Scaffold Audio/Video Display

PolarKraft 165 WT
On Monday, I had a meeting with the Hamlin's sales team.  They reminded me of weary soldiers collapsed on the battlefield.  Our groggy staff gulped our coffee and eagerly filled up our service boards with new boat scheduled deliveries.  At that time, we were well ahead of our sales forecasts, and to top that off...the weather was unusually warm.

Then...things got really weird.  I spoke with one of my boat reps over the phone, and he told me boat dealers and promoters were starting to panic.  The Governor of Massachusetts had declared a State of Emergency and decided to cancel boat shows.  At the time, I thought it was hysteria...unthinkable!  Then the following day, the panic came to Maine.

Living in Maine, I often feel blessed that we are removed from the mainstream.  People here are practical, hard working, and independent.  I like to think of myself that way.  But all the sudden, I was at Sam's Club with my wife wrestling for cases of toilet paper!

Anyway, they cancelled all three of our shows for the rest of the month.  The Orono Sportsman's Show, the Bangor Boat Show, and the Augusta Sportsman's Show are now all cancelled for the month of March.  Normally, we sell about 50 boats during the next couple of weeks.  

Hamlin's Marine will do our best to conduct business as usual from our showrooms in Hampden and Waterville.   Our 2020 model pontoons, sport boats, and fishing boats will be on display inside and on the lot (luckily there is no snow in the forecast).  Our manufacturers have extended us extra rebates and we are saving tens of thousands on show you will get an incredible deal on new and used boats in March.  

Come see us at our showrooms...we are being extra careful by disinfecting all of our work surfaces, and anyone that shows up with the sniffles will be sent home!  We can even launch boats in the Penobscot River!!

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