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We’ve Won Grady-White’s Admiral’s Circle Award for the 23rd Year!

We’re so proud to share that Cannons Marina has been awarded Grady-White‘s Admiral’s Circle Award for the 23rd consecutive year.  The award is reserved for  dealerships in the Grady-White network that have achieved the top tier in retail sales, and simultaneously provided world-class customer service to customers for the model year.

Like Grady-White, Cannons is a family-owned company, and we’ve been in business for six decades. Ernie Cannon began the fish camp that would become Cannons Marina on Longboat Key in the late 1940s; back then, it  was a barrier island with only dirt roads and a single bridge to the mainland. In the 1950s, Paul Miller, a Michigan engineer in search of a simpler life, moved to southwest Florida with his wife, Dorothy, and their two young children, Sally and David. Struck by the area’s profound beauty and pristine waters, Paul traded his engineering career for the romance of Florida’s boating life. In 1955, on a handshake, he purchased Cannons from Ernie.

David was only five when he started working at the marina, counting bait for local fishermen and tourists. Like his dad, David was innately drawn to life on the water, and so he spent his formative years learning every aspect of the business. After returning home from college in the 1970s, David purchased Cannons from his father. Today, Cannons—which is co-owned by David and Lucile Capo—has grown into one of the most respected boat dealers in the country.

Founded in 1959, Grady-White is renowned for and highest-rated in customer satisfaction by every third-party study ever done in the marine industry, including all eight of the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Awards for its category and all 19 consecutive years of the NMMA Customer Satisfaction Index Awards.

We are so proud to partner with Grady-White, and our boutique-style operation allows us to put together a customized boating solution that best suits your needs, your passions, and your own distinct style. We think our partnership is a match made in boating heaven.

Most importantly, thank you for all your support. We’re looking forward to the next six decades.