Sea Ray ® named Boat of the Year and Wins Big at Miami International Boat Show

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You know the name. You know what it means in the industry. Now it’s being honored by one of the most influential names in the business. Sea Ray is proud to announce the Sea Ray SLX 400 won the most prestigious award in the sport boat industry: Boating Magazine’s Boat of the Year. This award is the latest in a long line of accolades awarded to Sea Ray by the most prominent members of the global boating industry.

“We tested more than 130 boats during 2017, assessing their safety, performance, innovation, and place in their categories,” said Kevin Falvey, editorial director, Boating Magazine. “This ‘cruiser’ handles nimbly at 40 knots, makes a great weekender, and boasts many design innovations, not the least of which is the expandable swim platform known as the swim terrace. Dedicated stowage for a stand-up paddleboard is just one example that reflects a builder in touch with the current wishes of many boaters. Boatings Boat of the Year is the most prestigious honor awarded to recreational boat builders. For 2017, the Sea Ray SLX 400 joins the pantheon of great boats that can claim the title of Boat of the Year.”
“We are thrilled, and honored Boating Magazine awarded the Sea Ray SLX 400 Boat of the Year,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “We are dedicated to quality, craftsmanship and inspiring families and the next generation to love and appreciate boating as much as we do here at Sea Ray.”
In addition to being recognized for Boat of the Year, Sea Ray received multiple additional awards at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious boat shows. Additional awards include:
  • Inboard Express Cruiser – Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award
  • Best Sales Promotion, #SeaRaySummer – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
  • Best Website, New Configurator, Design Your Sea Ray – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
  • Best Video, SLX-W 230, in partnership with MarineMax – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
With the recent wins in Miami and the prestigious Boat of the Year award, Sea Ray, the most awarded boat brand in the world, continues their reign as top in class. Sea Ray is proud to have won the most editor’s choice awards and the most product quality awards in the industry, including the following accolades in the last 12 months:
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer CSI Awards (Sales)
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer Marine Industry CSI Awards (Customer Satisfaction)
  • SLX-W 230 Wake Sports Boat, Top Product Award – Boating Industry
  • SLX 400, Innovation Award – National Marine Manufacturers Association
  • Retail Marketing Initiative Award, Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement
  • Brunswick Distinguished Safety Award

“Not only have our boats been awarded year-after-year, but the industry also continuously recognizes our customer service and customer experience, as our recent wins at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show prove,” said Scott Ward, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts. “Sea Ray is proud to have won the coveted National Marine Manufacturers Association award for excellence in customer service. Our dedication to customer experience, along with our focus on providing boaters with the best boating experience available on the water today, is our focus in 2018 and will continue to be as we grow in the future.”
Sea Ray is continually recognized for its dedication to delivering a superior boating experience to every member of the family every time they are on the water. Sea Ray’s goal of building a lifestyle that redefines the boating experience is made obvious through each model’s premier craftsmanship and richness of finishes, combined with decades of expertise building the most sophisticated sport boats, cruisers and yachts on the water, and the company’s unwavering dedication to customer service and community. Sea Ray truly is more than a boat, and industry insiders continue to notice.

Check out the presentation here:

For more information about Sea Ray, and to view the complete lineup of award-winning models, please visit

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Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world’s leading manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 19 to 65 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle — each built with a unique commitment to quality, 
craftsmanship and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at

Headquartered in Mettawa, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s leading consumer brands include Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land ‘N’ Sea, Kellogg Marine, Lankhorst Taselaar, Payne’s Marine and BLA parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern boats; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group and SCIFIT fitness equipment; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit

Knoxville Boat Show

Don’t miss the Downtown Knoxville Boat Show, March 8-11, 2018 at the Knoxville Convention Center!

Click here for show information.

Stop by and visit Erwin Marine Sales at the show and see the all-new Heyday WT-Surf on display and meet the designer!

Show Times:

Thur March 8, 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri March 9, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sat March 10, 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sun March 11, 11:00am – 5:00pm


$10.00 Adults
Children under 10 – Free
Tickets (cash only) are available at the door for $10.00 (children under 10 are free).
 If you need assistance at the show, please email us. See you there!

Miami Yacht Show

The forecast in Tennessee this week is cold and rainy. Let’s go somewhere warm and sunny.

How about …  Miami?

Yes, please!

The Miami Yacht Show is February 15-19!



Brian McNeal and Michael Porter will be at the Miami Yacht Show ready to assist in finding the yacht of your dreams. Both are licensed Florida Yacht Brokers and can represent any of the yachts at the show. If you are looking for a specific model, they can assist you.
Stop by and see Michael or Brian at the show or contact them to talk boats. They will be at the Sea Ray Display (Collins Ave) through Sunday and look forward to hearing from you.
Feel free to contact either of them to make an appointment for a private showing.

Brian McNeal (423) 364-4673   Michael Porter (706) 581-4510

Brian McNeal | (423) 364-4673           Michael Porter | (706) 581-4510

Making its world premiere at the show, Sea Ray’s brand new Sundancer 520 is designed for maximum flow of natural light and maximum onboard enjoyment. Click here for more information.

Other models on display will include the newly released Fly 520, the L550, and the L550 Fly.

CLICK HERE for show information and tickets.

Sea Ray at the Miami Yacht Show

Erwin Marine is having an Open House – TWO Locations – THIS WEEKEND!

If you missed out on your deal at the Huntsville or Chattanooga Boat Show, you have one more chance this weekend.


Join us for an Open House to help us welcome the boating season this Friday and Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm (EST – Chattanooga) and 9:00am-4:00pm (CST – Huntsville).

Come see the savings and new models available in our Showrooms.

Contact us for more information:  Chattanooga | Huntsville or just email us with general questions. But don’t miss it!

The Chattanooga Boat Show is THIS WEEKEND!

Don’t miss the Chattanooga Boat Show this weekend, February 1-4, 2018 at the Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN!

Stop by and visit Erwin Marine Sales at the show.

Click here to get $2 off admission.

Show Times:

  • Friday: Noon – 9:00 pm (EST)
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (EST)
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (EST)


  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children (12 and under): FREE with accompanying adult
Credit/debit cards accepted.  Prices are subject to change.  Free fishing rods & reels for kids under 12! (While supplies last)
If you need assistance at the show, please email us. See you there!

Hyperlite RAD PAD On Sale Now!

Right now, Erwin Marine Sales is offering the Hyperlite 15 ft. Rad Play Pad for only $599! That’s $200 off!

Make plans for big fun on the water this boating season with the whole family and don’t miss this deal. Check out this video for more info about the Rad Pad:

Hurry, this offer is available only for a limited time and only while supplies last.

Contact Parts and Service to get your RAD PLAY PAD today!

Chattanooga | Huntsville

Happy Thanksgiving!

Erwin Marine Sales and all Marina locations will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd – 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Our Sales Departments in both Chattanooga and Guntersville will be open on Saturday, November 25th.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment.

Kidde Fire Extinguishers

Customers! If you purchased a boat from Erwin Marine Sales between 2012 and 2017, you should check your fire extinguisher for this recall. Contact Kidde for instructions to replace.

Recall information from the U.S. Product Consumer Safety Commission:

Name of product:
Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles

The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.


Recall date:
November 2, 2017

Recall number:

Consumer Contact:
Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Erwin Marine Voted The BEST Of The Best!

Thank you, Chattanooga for voting Erwin Marine Sales the Best Boat Dealer for 9 years in a row! We are honored to be recognized as Chattanooga’s Best Boat Dealer.

There are many reasons that Erwin Marine Sales is the Best of the Best. Here are just a few:

  • Experienced, knowledgeable, trained and certified sales staff
  • Longevity in the boat businessKayo Erwin began Erwin Marine nearly 40 YEARS ago!
  • Access to the water – We are located on Chickamauga Lake by the Dam.
  • Storage options, in or out of the water – Erwin Marine has several marinas offering a variety of storage options for every boat!
  • On-site service technicians capable of servicing inboards and outboards – Our Service Team is second to none!

Erwin Marine Sales believes that satisfied customers make the best kind of customers: lifetime customers.

We have been in the boating business for nearly 40 years and we know that WHERE you buy your boat matters. Just ask our customers!


Representing Erwin Marine at the Best of the Best Awards (from left to right): Marc Gentry, Manager – Erwin Marine Riverfront; Melanie Dean, Marina Manager – Chickamauga Marina and Gold Point Yacht Harbor; Michael Porter, Certified Sales Executive; Bryan Summers, Service Manager; Jessica Arnold, Marketing Coordinator.

Photo credit: Billy Ross