In 1988, after 21 years of managing grocery stores and after being laid off 4 times in 3 years, Tom Smith took a career time-out. He had always set his sights on owning his own business, but he didn’t know exactly what it would be. With a personal project of making a new cover for the family boat, he bought a used commercial sewing machine for $600 and dove in. Fast forward…Tom’s handiwork soon became the cover of choice for several area boat dealers…he leased retail space for his growing canvas business…put used boats on consignment…they sell…and in 1990, Colorado Boat Broker, now known as Colorado Boat Center, was born.
When the dealership opened, it was important to us that we offer a variety of services to enhance the boating experience beyond the initial purchase. Over the years we have developed and improved the benefits and services to our customers based on our own passion for boating and personal buying experiences. We know first-hand that boating education, specialized technology, support and convenient services provide a carefree boating lifestyle. In addition, we have aligned our dealership with manufacturers who produce and back high quality products. We believe that quality, sensible prices and people who are trained & friendly, is a great value that makes for lifetime boaters.
The foundation of our business is to treat people the same way we like to be treated and with the business ethics and dedication to customer satisfaction that consumers can count on. Beyond that, we have never been afraid to make changes, and over the years there have been many. By monitoring the industry, economy, climate and consumer needs, we adapt for continuing success. A significant change in 2017 brought all of the dealership departments together under one roof. Our new facility provides the staff with a more comfortable, cohesive and efficient environment, while giving our customers a relaxed and aesthetically pleasing experience. Also in 2017, a transition plan was put in place for Tom & Nancy to gradually transfer ownership of the business to Eric and Ashley. Their individual skills and countless years of experience will benefit the stability and continued growth of the family business.
We are very proud to be associated with the many families who contribute to our success. Our business family of dedicated staff and industry partners who excel in every way, and our boating family of customers who value our dealership and the way we do business. It’s the relationships that nurture the boating lifestyle and the shared passion that enhances the experience. Welcome to the CBC Family!
Tom, Nancy, Eric & Ashley