- people on the move
Boat dealer docks in market
A Wisconsin boat dealer has opened a new facility along the West Michigan lakeshore.
Milwaukee-based CenterPointe Yacht Services now has a boat showroom and sales office in Holland, at 2150 S. Shore Dr., at Eldean Shipyard along Lake Macatawa.
CenterPointe Yacht Services’ location will provide new boat sales and brokerage yacht services.
The company offers luxury yachts, such as Carver and Marquis, and Beneteau Powerboats, such as Monte Carlo, Gran Turismo, Swift Trawler and Baracuda.
The location will be managed by Rick Rogers, a Holland native who has experience in the retail marine industry and automotive supplies.
Rogers indicated the location anticipates a full line of inventory arriving in mid spring or early summer.
Rogers said staff from Eldean Shipyard are anticipated to provide support to the location, and there are plans for future growth.
“Boots on the ground”
The Holland location is the company’s first physical presence in West Michigan.
Craig Duchow, principal and general manager of CenterPointe Yacht Services, said the company has always marketed yachts to West Michigan, but it felt a physical presence was needed to provide a high level of quality service to customers.
“Eldean’s Shipyard Marina is a great central location in West Michigan and has a well-known reputation for offering quality slips, storage and service,” Duchow said. “We are also very excited to have boots on the ground in Michigan, led by Rick Rogers, who has lived there his whole life and is well-known and respected in the community and the marine industry.”
In 2005, Peter Moede and Ted Balistreri founded CenterPointe Yacht Services in Door County, Wisconsin and then merged with Harborside Yacht Center in 2011, which was established by Craig Duchow in 1995.
The company has three other locations along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.
CenterPointe Yacht Services provides new and pre-owned boat sales, brokerage services and dockside and storage services: engine maintenance and repair; electrical system repair; refinishing; carpentry; and installation of marine electronics, radar masts, bow thrusters, marine heads, generators and more.