Eliminator Boats, the iconic Southern California builder of go-fast vees and catamarans now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has finalized a deal to take on Legend Marine Group of Carrollton, TX, as an authorized retailer.
Located near Dallas, Legend Marine Group deals in high-quality speedboats; its other go-fast lines include Nor-Tech High Performance Boats and Statement Marine.
“We are very excited to have somebody with as much notoriety and credibility as Legend Marine Group, and we’re looking forward to doing business with them and helping to support their dealership,” said Eliminator President Jake Fraleigh, who sealed the deal in the last few days.
According to Legend owner Greg Connell and Sales Manager Casey Freeman, Legend has ordered two Eliminators, a 25 Speedster and a 28 Speedster to put in their inventory around the first of the year.
With few exceptions, Eliminator has long sold its boats factory direct. The partnership with Legend marks a bold departure—one geared to open up the traditionally West Coast market a broader part of the country.
“This is a big deal, because Legend is a solid dealership. They’re not a small mom and pop shop,” Fraleigh said. “They have a really nice facility, carry a lot of high-end boats, and I look at this as a great place for our brand to be seen across the Midwest and even on the East Coast. We’ve got a hub now that we can rely on.”
Connell said that Legend Marine Group acts as both a dealership and service center for all of the lines it sells, “whether we sell them in Dallas or Arkansas, Oklahoma or anywhere else,” he said. “We’ve always taken care of the customer, no matter where they are, or what kind of issues they have, whether it’s warranty issues or beyond. We’re always a phone call away to take care of their needs or problems.”
Connell purchased Legend Marine Group in 2005 as a Fountain and Baja dealer and has along the way, picked up Formula, Donzi, Cigarette Racing, Nor-Tech and Statement Marine. In addition Connell is also a dealer of high-end automobiles, having launched Legend Motorcars in 1988.