A Trusted Reputation
We offer more than motors and boats for sale. Family owned for 60 years, we’ve built relationships with generations of boaters, cruisers and fishermen as enthusiastic and passionate about being on the water as we are. Here, you’ll find the area’s most exclusive selection of boats, motors and accessories. Every brand carefully selected for its unequalled performance, resale value and pure enjoyment they bring on the water.
It’s an approach that’s brought us consistent recognition as one of America’s elite boutique boat dealers. We’re trusted for our experience and knowledge of boats and of the Bay and Gulf waters, our unmatched level personalized and service and strong after-sales support. Our commitment to our customers, our community and our industry has been unwavering. It’s why you can count on Cannons Marina to be your trusted partner in boating. You deserve nothing less.
A Storied History
In the late 1940s, Cannons was a remote fishing camp on Florida’s barrier island of Longboat Key, with only dirt roads and no bridge from the north end of the island to the mainland. Wild hogs and rattlesnakes outnumbered people.
It was the lure of the simpler life this place offered that led Paul Miller, an engineer from Michigan’s Great Lakes, his wife, Dorothy, and their two young children, Sally and David, to pack up their station wagon and make the trip South to this nearly uninhabited island. Struck by the profound beauty and pristine waters of the Bay and Gulf, Paul traded his engineering career for the romance of Florida’s boating life. In 1955, on a handshake, he purchased Cannons from Ernie Cannon.
David was only five when he started working at the Marina, counting bait for local fishermen and tourists. Like his dad, he loved the life and spent his formative years learning every aspect of the business. After returning home from college in the 1970’s David purchased Cannons from his father.
From its modest roots as a boat rental and bait shop, David, his wife, Lucile, and an equally devoted team of professionals have grown Cannons into one of the most respected boat dealers in the country, celebrating more than 60 years of uninterrupted family ownership. And while the wild hogs and rattlesnakes no longer outnumbered the island’s residents, the waters that surround it have lost none of their power to delight.