ABOUT OUR CREW
Our family is about working together, to make things happen that will help everyone.
We all share knowlege and try to help each other all the time.
A family that works together stays together.
We are now in our 51st year of business and in our 3rd generation of family.
We strive to make your boating fun!
Watch our 50 Year Anniversary Video here! Here we answer some questions we've had asked over the years and share some of our experiences as a family working together here.
Dale Sr. founded Lancaster County Marine based on his mechanical background. He has been trained in both Mercury and MerCruiser product lines and with 40 years service experience he has maintained the Master Technician status longer than many marine mechanics have been alive.
Fran's secretarial background lended itself well to office management. She is responsible for clerical and bookkeeping duties, boat and trailer registrations and title work and is a PA Notary Public. Most customers arriving around noontime will notice Fran prepares a home-cooked meal to keep our staff cranking.
Dale Jr. graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 1974, and worked into the current position he now holds, general sales manager. This allowed his father to devote more time to the shop. In addition to management and sales training, he also attended service schools to be able to work in the service department. All of this gives him a full understanding of the entire business, which involves sales and service of boats, motors, trailers, canoes, kayaks, marine supplies and accessories, everything to make boating and water sports fun.
Duane obtained the status of Mercury Marine Certified Technician before graduating from Ephrata High School in 1980. He has been our technician-shop manager since then. Duane received the prestigious Master Technician Award for Mercury and MerCruiser Stern Drives and continues to attain additional technical education, keeping up with the latest technology.
Dale Jr.'s daughter, Sarah joined our crew in 2003 after graduating from Conestoga Valley High School. She works in the office with her grandmother, Fran and her father. Sarah designed and maintains our store website and does the computer work for the store. She also helps her grandmother in the office with answering telephones, paperwork and helping customers.
Sarah's name changed January 11, 2014 when she got married to Derek Shanely. Derek plays piano, acoustic and electric guitar, sings and enjoys writing and recording his own original music. You can find out more about that online: Night Water Project.Sarah enjoys playing violin and saxophones. She also has her photo collection online as Sarah Shanely Photography.
Dale Jr.'s son, Isaiah originally joined the Lancaster County Marine crew full time upon graduating from Conestoga Valley High School in 2009. Prior to going fulltime, Isaiah worked many summers from the age of 12 part time at the store working in the shop closely with Dale Sr. In 2013, Isaiah took a fulltime job working in the firearms industry, increasing his knowledge with customer service and employee management. In July of 2016, Isaiah rejoined the crew here at LCM fulltime, working in sales and the service department. Isaiah specializes in film production, and brings his knowledge of kayaks, canoes and boating to our crew. You will find Isaiah kayaking, fishing, wakeboarding, or just hanging out around water when he is not working.
Isaiah also produces the videos for the Lancaster County Marine YouTube channel. "It's exciting, boating and just being on the water in general. What I like about working here at the store is that we sell such a wide variety of boats, canoes, kayaks and more. I do the videos because my goal is to sell people the boat, kayak, or canoe that will be best suited for them. When I buy something, I want to get the right product once, so I don't need to shop around or be dissatisfied with my purchase. The videos allow me to explain products in a way that is informative, it just gives buyers the education they need to make the right choice. It's fun for me, watching my videos you will see I am not always serious, I am just being myself. I love what I do." - Isaiah
Isaiah is also a member of the 2018 Hobie Fishing Team!
Download the Night Water Project New Horizon album now... Featuring "Nothing Better Than Being on the Water!"
Album also available to stream via Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and other online websites.
Our store was recently featured in an article written by The Reading Eagle. Powerboat sales are on the climb nationwide, but is owning a powerboat a good investment? We think so! Check out this article to learn more.
THURSDAY AUGUST 9, 2018 11:48 AM
WRITTEN BY MICHAEL C. UPTON
Retirees take boat ownership seriously, but is it a good investment? For many, owning a boat is as much a part of the American dream as owning a house. For retirees, is it a good idea?
These days, Dale Hartman, 85, and wife Fran, 81, could easily be enjoying the splendors of retirement. But the founders of Lancaster County Marine, West Earl Township, Lancaster County, still enjoy being part of the family business. Opened in 1967, the dealership employs three generations of the Hartman family. "My grandparents still enjoy seeing all the regular customers coming in," said granddaughter Sarah Shanely, who handles the computer side of the business. "They still do whatever they can do to help out."
New powerboats sold
For many, owning a boat is as much a part of the American dream as owning a house. Consumer data from Statista show that 87 million U.S. adults participate in recreational boating annually. According to The National Marine Manufacturers Association, an estimated 260,000 new powerboats were sold in 2017. "Last year marked our sixth consecutive year of growth in new boat sales," said association President Thom Dammric. "And we expect that trend to continue through 2018. If economic indicators remain favorable to the recreational boating market, then the outlook is good for boat sales." Shanely said Lancaster County Marine has been enjoying the prosperity of the boating market over the past six years. "We have customers of all ages and all walks of life," Shanely said.
Most visitors to Lancaster County Marine age 50 and over are interested in lightweight watercraft, such as canoes and kayaks under 50 pounds, but there is an interest in bigger boats. "We have a couple coming in to trade in their fishing boat," she said. "They are both retired, and they are buying a 19-foot, brand new Chaparral." According to the manufacturers association, 72 percent of boat owners in the U.S. have household income of less than $100,000.
Upward of $50,000
The cost for a sport boat like the one mentioned by Shanely can range from $30,000 to $37,000, as researched on Boat Trader. The average price for the popular 22-foot pontoon boat often seen populating Pennsylvania lakes and the Chesapeake Bay is approximately $35,000 but can reach upward of $50,000. The sale price depends on the boat and the physical features. The total cost of the boat includes upkeep, gas (if not a sailboat), storage, taxes and fees. According to 2016 statistics from the manufacturers association, sales of new boats, engines and marine accessories topped $350 million in Pennsylvania alone.
Forbes magazine advises that when thinking about buying a boat, take the total cost of the boat divided by the number of times it will be used, realistically. The total cost should include the purchase price plus insurance, maintenance, storage or dock fees and licenses. That number should give a potential buyer a snapshot of how much each use will cost. Marine financing firm SGB North America recommends following these steps when considering financing a boat. Evaluate your financial situation by checking credit history, verify income and budget and prepare a down payment between 15 and 20 percent. Compare offers from different lenders and consider the "big picture" when confronted with overly attractive rates. Be meticulous with your financial documentation and obtain a pre-approval letter form a lender before shopping for a boat. Finance a boat at the lowest term to fit your budget: The monthly boat payment plus insurance, storage and maintenance should be no more than 45 percent of your disposable monthly income.
Jack Hillard of New Holland, Lancaster County, sold his boat after 23 years of ownership. Even though he said he could not imagine his life without it, the vessel's yearly upkeep became too much of a financial burden. "I had a friend who said, 'a boat is just a hole in the water you fill up with money,' " said Hillard. "That's what it got to be like." Hillard is not alone. The surplus of used boats in the United States is testament to a market oversaturated with products. However, many others argue that boat ownership is a sound investment for retirees. Proponents of boat ownership as an investment cite tax deductions.
Primary and secondary qualified homes are eligible for mortgage interest deductions. According to the Internal Revenue Service, any living space, whether it is a condo, mobile home or even a boat, can be considered as a qualified home if the property provides owners with the means to sleep, cook and use a restroom. This deduction has made boat ownership attractive to consumers. Some manufacturers specialize in designing boats based on the rules for mortgage interest deductions. According to finance writer Amanda Dixon, an owner will not have to reside on the boat full time for the boat to be accepted as a qualified home.
Boating for health
For the most part, being on the water is relaxing. A survey conducted by Discover Boating and Russell Research found that boaters had a higher level of satisfaction in several areas of life, including health, than non-boaters. Boaters in the survey said they enjoyed improved physical fitness and overall health, including the health of their family. Physical ability is something to consider when purchasing a boat in the retirement years. Former Coast Guardsman and avid boater of the Great Lakes region James Thomas Eastmanfound it necessary to pen "The Book for Senior Boaters." The book tackles the issues of aging and boating, while making recommendations for staying safe on the water. The Boat Owners Association of the United States offers a series of "smart solutions" for the aging boater. The organization recommends always using notes and checklists, bringing a mate along to be extra ears in hard-to-hear situations and adding nonskid surfaces and extra safety lines to a boat.