The year 2014 marks a historic date for The Boat Place. We are celebrating 109 years in business in Port Jefferson.
From our humble beginnings to riding the top of the wave, we’ve been through a lot in the last century. We’ve helped introduce the joys of boating and fishing to thousands of families over the years. We’ve carried several boat lines, including ANA Skiffs, Bayliner, Buccaneer, Chris Craft, Cobia, Critchfield, Cutter, Larson, Manatee, Sea Star, Sportcraft, Sun Runner, Thompson, Tiara, Trojan, US Yacht (sailboats) and Viking. We are currently a successful broker and a dealer for Mercury, Mercruiser and Volvo Penta engines.
Four generations of Gudziks have been a part of our company history, and a fifth generation is just beginning to enjoy boating.
A Timeline of Our Company History
1905 "Gudzik’s Garage" founded by Mike Gudzik
Gudzik’s was Long Island’s first Sunoco gasoline station
Gudzik's was Long Island's first Chrysler car dealership
1940s Ken Gudzik takes over the business (2nd Generation)
1950 First boats and motors serviced at the garage
1956 Name changed to "Gudzik’s Garage and Marine"
Gudzik’s becomes Long Island’s first Mercury Outboard dealer
1957 First new wooden boats sold (ANA Skiffs & Trojan)
1959 First new fiberglass boats sold (Cutter)
Gudzik’s was the first to sell Mercruiser Stern Drives on Long Island
1962 Fire destroys showroom & garage on New Year’s Eve
Dry Land Marina founded—first high & dry service of its type in the Northeast
1963 Name changed to "Gudzik’s Marine," made the shift to an all-marine business
1972 Grand Opening of two-story boat showroom and service facility
1977 Dan and Mike Gudzik take over business (3rd generation)
1978 Moved Dry Land Marina and boat storage to boat yard on Beach Street
1980 Built travellift slip, private launching ramp and bulkhead
1980s "Gudzik’s Marine—The Boat Place" was one of the largest boat dealers in the world, with record sales of $30,000,000+ We operated four locations on Long Island and employed over 160 people in our Port Jefferson location alone
1992 Changed name to "The Boat Place"
2000 Sold showroom building and moved entire operation to Beach Street boat yard
2004 Expanded operation with a second storage yard for trailerable boats
2014 The fourth and fifth generation of Gudziks are helping to celebrate over 100 years of service to Port Jefferson’s boating community
We are looking forward to making 2015 a great year for our customers, our crew, our friends and our families! We have reached this level of success because of you, and we would like to thank you for your continued business and support. We aim to provide good-old-fashioned, reliable service to our customers at a fair price, while maintaining profitability. We treat our customers the way we would like to be treated ourselves—with fairness and respect. We look forward to serving you for another 100 years.