It all started when Ed Trainer opened a sporting goods shop on Route 272, the road leading into North East. The shop sold hunting and fishing supplies including guns and small aluminum boats.
As the business grew, Butch added larger boats. In 1973 he closed the shop and opened Anchor Boats just down the street. Around 1980, he opened Anchor Marina down in the North East Harbor. Today, the two businesses are thriving and Butch's sons, Edward and Matt, have taken over the day-to-day operations, under dad's close supervision.
Customer service is Anchor's top priority and they have proven that year after year with top CSI honors from all the brands they carry. While they "will not be undersold" on price they will also over deliver on customer service.
Maintaining a Full Line
Anchor Boats offers sales at their Mauldin Ave. location. They carry the full line for Bryant Boats, Key West Boats, G3 Boats and Monterey. All of these lines offer Anchor's customers the best that boating has to offer to include sport boats, cruisers, aluminum, pontoon and fish boats.
Customer service is top priority at Anchor Boats. They have one of the highest customer service ratings in the country for all the brands they carry. Anchor Boats is also a Key dealer for Yamaha engines and they maintain an average 98% for their CSI rating. Not only will you get the best price at Anchor you will get the best service as well.
Marina Houses Over 400 Boats
The other half of the family business, Anchor Marina, is located on Iroquois Drive in the North East Harbor's across from the town park. The dry dock storage buildings (often called boatels or "high and dry") house nearly 400 boats. The marina also has 15 boat slips, eight of them equipped with lifts. Floating docks for the use of the dry-dock customers house another 50 to 60 boats. The marina also has a pump-out station, gas service, a boat ramp, and a brand new fully stocked parts and accessory store. The Nauti Goose Saloon next door offers meals and snacks for hungry boaters.
A Popular Boat Show Each Year
Anchor Boats and Anchor Marina host the largest private boat show on the upper Chesapeake Bay each year on the first weekend in May. The Trainer's invite other local dealers to participate, but they keep the show non-competitive. It is a great opportunity to view over 200 new and used boats in one location. It is a free event with free parking.