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Thom Cross

General Manager, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
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Thom Cross is the general manager of MarineMax Wrightsville Beach. Before joining Marine Max, he helped establish Foundation Works Inc., where he served as president and CEO before successfully selling the company in 2008. Before  

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Sep 1, 2016

New Models, Easy Financing Boost Boat Sales

As we continue well into the second half of the 2016 boating season, I’m seeing strong demand from customers, not just here in the Wilmington area, but also in the boating industry nationwide. S ...

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Jul 27, 2016

Show Presents Boats At Multiple Cape Fear River Venues

I always get excited about a good boat show, and I’m especially excited about what’s shaping up to be best event of this type ever in our area: The Wilmington Boat Show, coming Sept. 9 thr ...

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Jun 28, 2016

Tournaments Combine Sport, Socializing And A Chance For Cash

It’s hard to talk about boating without talking about fishing, and our stretch of the Atlantic coast is famous for its great fishing opportunities, for owners of boats both big and small. A wond ...

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Jun 21, 2016

A Boater’s Guide To The Marine Side Of Our ‘Port City’ Downtown

I wrote recently about how a boat can help you get to destinations that would be impossible or inconvenient to reach any other way. Today I’d like to talk about a place that’s readily acce ...

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Jun 15, 2016

Discover These Exceptional Local Destinations By Boat

A big part of boating’s appeal is the ability to get to places you can’t get to any other way, or can’t access without major effort, discomfort or expense. Here in the Cape Fear regi ...

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Apr 26, 2016

Trust Time-tested Boat Brands Like ‘Boston Whaler’

I’ve spoken recently about the value of strong customer service as a reason to do business with a particular boat dealer. Proud as I am of MarineMax’s outstanding reputation for service, I ...

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Apr 12, 2016

‘Master Dealer’ Certification Focuses On Customer Service

When I’m asked why a boat-buyer should do business with MarineMax instead of one of the many other area boat dealers, my answer includes the excellent brands we carry and our outstanding custome ...

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Mar 28, 2016

Group Travel Makes Boating ‘The Ultimate Social Outing’

Sometimes one of the best things about owning a boat is the ability to get away from everything and everybody for a purely personal experience on the water. But often exactly the opposite is true: Boa ...

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Mar 17, 2016

This Spring Checklist Will Ensure Trouble-Free Boating

It’s springtime, and with warmer weather – and warmer water – it will soon be time to take the boat out again. Before making that first pleasure trip, it’s always a good idea t ...

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Mar 3, 2016

Prepare For Boating Season With These Wintertime Tasks

During cold weather like we’ave had recently, we tend to forget about our boats. They’re safely tucked away in storage, or may be just sitting, alone and abandoned, not to be attended to u ...

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Feb 11, 2016

Choosing The Right Accessories Makes The Perfect Boating Experience

Mid-winter is a time that people like to look ahead. Golfers are thinking about that special putter or driver they’ve had their eye on, and boaters are dreaming about the perfect accessories the ...

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Feb 1, 2016

Boat Shows Give Shoppers A Preview of Spring

January and February may seem like a slow, sleepy time for those of us in the boat business, but in fact it’s one of the busiest parts of our year. It’s boat show season! And that means a ...

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Dec 15, 2015

The Yachting Life: Thinking About Getting That Big Boat?

There comes a time in the lives of successful people when they have decisions to make about using resources. For many, the answer is a choice that can enhance the lifestyles of their families and at t ...

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Dec 1, 2015

A Buyer’s Guide To The Economics Of Boat Ownership

You’re giving in to the lure of the water. You’ve decided it’s time to buy a boat. You’ve even started pricing the models that appeal to you. But a nagging voice in the back of ...

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Nov 15, 2015

Planning To Buy A Boat? Use The Off-Season To Get Ready

For many of us, boating season has wrapped up now that the days are growing short and the water has turned cool. But now is the time to be looking to spring, especially if you’re thinking about ...

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Nov 3, 2015

How To Reconcile Different Ideas About Boating

Men and women often think very differently about what it means to own a boat. When I meet with couples who are considering buying a boat, I find that the partners may be coming at the decision from op ...

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Oct 15, 2015

Service, Support Can Bring Boat Owners Peace Of Mind

It’s a great feeling to get out on the water away from the crowds, noise and the stress of daily life. Still, boat owners don’t like to feel they’re totally on their own, either. The ...

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Oct 1, 2015

You Know You’d Love To Have a Boat

The countless opportunities for boating and water recreation are one of the Wilmington area’s top attractions as a place to live. And yet too many people who know they want to own a boat are let ...

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