Boat and Snowmobile Dealership Thrives in 2020December 23, 2020
F&S Yamaha & Marina, a boat and snowmobile dealership in Spring Grove, PA has been family owned and operated since 1987, and 2020 was their biggest dollar year yet!
In a year where so many businesses suffered, recreation sales have been through the roof. Our state parks and forests saw record numbers of visitors in 2020, and F&S is located just outside of Codorus State Park.
In early March when parks closed due to the pandemic, visitors lost access to the slips at Lake Marburg, a 1,275- acer lake in Codorus State Park. This closure negatively affected aspects of F&S’s business like hauling and maintenance. After parks opened again, F&S was back on track to reach their highest sales year yet.
Andy Sell, who is the jack-of-all-trades at F&S (his father owns the place), is happy to see the people are enjoying the outdoors.
“It’s encouraging to see people out and about in the parks. Thank goodness they opened the parks, I hope they never close again.” said Sell
Sell encourages legislators to invest in state parks and forests, as a business he estimates 50% of their sales come from park visitors and enthusiasts. Customers have mentioned the waning quality of the dock at Lake Marburg, saying maintenance or replacement is needed. Unfortunately, it is the same for many parks across the state; their maintenance needs increase, while their state budget decreases. An investment in state parks and forests is an investment in local business, an investment in the local economy.