Member News: Bradford Marine Becomes Venture Boats Dealer

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA – Bradford Marine, Inc. (Bradford Marine) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to be the exclusive dealer for Venture Boat Company in Broward County, Florida and the Bahamas.

Paul Engle, President of Bradford Marine, said, “Adding Venture’s boat line to Bradford Marine’s available products and services expands what we offer to our customers and provides an outstanding line of quality center-console boats in Broward County and the Bahamas. Venture boats are a great choice for any fisherman, make excellent tenders for our customers’ yachts, and can be individually customized at our facility by our skilled, knowledgeable craftsmen.”

Dean Stuhlmann, Venture Boats Sales Manager at Bradford Marine Yacht Sales and a 20-year veteran of selling, rigging and customizing center console boats, said, “Working with JR Herndon will be a privilege. Venture builds high-quality, strong hulls, and their willingness to make market-driven changes to their products will provide our customers with the boats they desire.”

Venture Boat Company (Venture), under the leadership and guidance of new owner, Lee Heaton, has undergone a complete modernization, adding a number of innovative improvements to their existing models. Venture builds a semi-custom line of high quality boats including a 23′ bay boat, a 27′ center console and the legendary 34′ & 39′ open fishermen. The latter two include the new tournament edition, forward seating and cuddy models. Venture’s Chief Operating Officer Carl (JR) Herndon, who brings years of boat building experience to the builder, said, “Venture has updated every aspect of its business to provide unmatched customer service and attention to detail. We are dedicated to high-performance and quality, using only the best materials.”

About Bradford Marine

Bradford Marine, one of the world’s largest undercover yacht repair facilities, provides a full line of highly-regarded, quality, yacht-related services for its customers to simplify yacht ownership. These services combine the expertise of their yacht sales professionals with experts in yacht service, sales, charter, and management to deliver a custom-tailored program to meet each of the yacht owner’s needs. Expect quality, customer satisfaction, responsiveness, and top-of-the-line service at Bradford Marine.

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For sales information, please contact: 

Dean Stuhlmann, Venture Boats Sales Manager, at (954) 830-5070 or  [email protected] 

For further information, contact: 

Michele Allen:  954-377-3900 or [email protected]

About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service, and boat repair industry.