BANGOR, Maine -— Hamlin’s Marine opened a new sales operation Tuesday in a former used car lot within a short stroll of the Penobscot River.
The new site, located at 87 Summer St., is the company’s third location to date, General Manager Dan Higgins said. He said Hamlin’s is leasing the spot from the Quirk family of auto dealers.
“Obviously, this is a test market for us, but we saw a real opportunity,” Higgins said on the first day of the company’s grand opening celebration, which runs through the end of this month.
“We’re on the waterfront in Hampden and it offers good access [for repairs, upgrades, demonstrations, storage and other services], but we didn’t have a lot of visibility,” Higgins said.
Bordered by Main, Railroad and Summer streets and located on a bank overlooking the Bangor Waterfront, the company’s Bangor sales location provides that.
Higgins said the company was founded in Waterville 25 years ago by his wife’s parents, Dave and Chris Hamlin.
The company then acquired a full-service marina on the Penobscot River four years ago after noting that many of its customers lived, summered or camped in the region, Higgins said.
Higgins said Tuesday that the company had hoped to open the Bangor location on May 1, but ended up delaying the startup date until this week because staffers were busy getting boats out of storage due to the early start to this year’s boating season.
The Bangor location will primarily serve as a sales lot, offering sport, fishing and pontoon boats by such makers as Eastern, Godfrey, Stingray, MasterCraft, Rinker and Sweetwater, he said.
Though the company saw a spike in sales after the recent boat show season, which put a dent in its inventory, new items will be arriving weekly, Higgins said.
“Pontoon boats seem to be the most popular right now,” he said, adding that they can accommodate large groups and are fuel-efficient.
For more information about the company and its locations, visit its website at www.hamlinsmarina.com.