July 3, 2019

Who Are The Best Boat Dealers in Central Florida?


Each year, we at Mount Dora Boating Center meet with100’s of people here in Orlando/Central Florida looking to buy a boat. Because so many folks know our thoughts and feelings (from this website) on all things “boats and boating,” they often ask us who are some of the other dealerships and competitors we have in the area.

Never ones to shy away from being blatantly honest with respect to competition, and we want our customers to be as informed as possible.

Here is a list of some of the companies that have a solid history in the Orlando area for selling and servicing quality lines of boats.  Most are comparable to the Four Winns, Wellcraft and Premier brands we sell.  Note they are listed alphabetically, not in any sort of ranking order.

1. BMC Boats

Is a single store location located in Longwood.  BMC has a broad offering of product lines that include Bayliner, Carolina Skiff, Cobia, Key West, Sweetwater pontoons and Yamaha boats. Product of these brands lend themselves well to family recreation, in-shore and off-shore fishing.   At the time this article was written BMC had a 4.7 ranking from 166 Google reviews and 4.0 with 12 Yelp reviews.  This dealership is a Marine Industry Certified Dealership.  You can learn why this is an important consideration on the link provided below.

2. Dealer’s Choice Marine

Having been around for years, Dealer’s Choice began business in Orlando and specialize in family recreation and off-shore fishing boats.  They represent Chaparral and Robalo, two well respected products in the industry. At the time this article was written they ranked a 4.0 from 29 Google reviews and 2.5 with 3 Yelp reviews. Dealership has locations in Orlando and Daytona.  

3. Holiday Marine

 A single store dealer located in Leesburg.  Holiday has a large offering of brands specializing in family recreation and in-shore fishing.  They include Hurricane, Sweetwater, Ranger, Bayliner, Heyday and Stott Craft. Google has them ranked at 4.5 with 66 reviews. Yelp ranking is 3 stars after 2 reviews.

4. MarineMax  Orlando

Formerly Parker Boat Company, now part of the largest boat retailer in the U.S. Most popular lines in their Orlando store include Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Scout, Scarab Jet and Harris pontoon boats.  Most common boating activities in Central Florida are family recreation and fishing.  MarineMax brands cover all those bases.  Their Google ranking is 4.3 with 46 reviews.  There were no Yelp reviews or ranking. This dealership is MICD accredited.

5. Regal & Nautique of Orlando

Is another very well established, long serving dealership in Central Florida. As their name suggests Regal, Nautique and Moomba are the brands they represent.  They have a long history in tow water sport recreation specializing in wake surf and wake boarding craft.  Focus of this dealership is family recreation.  Google rates them at 4.8 with 55 reviews. They are 4.5 stars on Yelp with 6 reviews and also a MICD accredited dealership.

So there are 5 companies to consider if you’re shopping for a boat in Central Florida.  The common thread between all are the quality of the products they sell, long history of serving the market and in all but one, owned and operated by local families with deep roots in the boating community.

You may like to take a look at some of these great resources especially if you’re new to boating:

Also, here are some resources to help you select a reputable dealership: 

Finally, we thought you’d like to know about our the brands Mount Dora Boating Center represents https://mtdoraboats.com/our-showroom/ . MDBC is one of the original Marine Industry Certified Dealerships.  Celebrating our 30th Anniversary we’re only a 40 minute drive from downtown Orlando and we’re open Wednesday thru Monday from 8 AM to 5 PM as well as all boating holidays. Most all find it’s well worth the trip.

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