Budget Marine was started in 1982, in St. Maarten, and has since become the leading retailer and wholesaler of pleasure boat marine equipment in the Caribbean; experiencing sales close to US $24 million per year. The Group's 12 locations are situated in Antigua (two locations), Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao (two locations), Grenada, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Tortola and Trinidad.
The headquarters, in Cole Bay, St. Maarten, serves as administrative center, warehouse and wholesale/retail outlet. Also located in St. Maarten is our marine lifestyle boutique, Budget Nautique, and French-customer oriented L'ile Marine, near Marigot.
In Antigua, Budget Marine is located in the Jolly Harbor Marina boatyard as well as on Dockyard Drive in Falmouth /English Harbour. The Trinidad store, second largest in the Group, is situated in the heart of the busy Chaguaramas yachting area. In St Thomas, we’re located within the Independent Boatyard on the East End. In Grenada, Budget Marine is located in the Spice Island Marina Services boatyard on the True Blue side of beautiful Prickly Bay. In Bonaire, Budget Marine is located in the center of Kralendijk adjacent to the NAPA outlet. Budget Marine Curacao can be found on Caracasbaaiweg, between town and the main watersports area of Spanish Water. In Aruba, Budget Marine is to be found across from the energy company WEB near the Aruba Yacht Club and Varadero Boat Yard and Marina.
The market area targeted by Budget Marine includes the entire Eastern Caribbean Island chain from Puerto Rico in the north to Trinidad in the south. The marine leisure market is particularly strong with ocean-going sailing yachts, although the number of motor yachts has grown over the last few years. The area is well known for its charter boat industry and the majority of both private boat owners and large charter boat companies are important customers.
An extensive colour catalog, packed with technical information, is maintained in printed book form, digital format (USB) and on-line. It’s used to promote mail-order business for the Group. Export sales are handled mainly from St Maarten and Trinidad. To further promote Budget Marine, advertisements are placed in many popular cruising guides, yachting newspapers, directories and magazines throughout the region. Promotional activities and sponsorships support events such as the Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten, the Great Race from Trinidad to Tobago, the St. Lucia ARC and major Caribbean trade shows such as the Antigua Nicholson's Charter Boat Show. Assistance with environmental projects and a strong focus on youth sail training programs further enhance Budget Marine's presence in the Caribbean.
Budget Marine imports products from countries in over five continents, including the US, Canada, UK, Holland, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Venezuela and Taiwan. Company buyers visit major international marine trade shows to ensure the latest in product coverage. The mix of products carried by the company reflects the wide variety of demand created by after-market needs that have been built all over the world. Budget Marine has established a reputation for product variety and quality at competitive pricing, which is the basis for the slogan, "WE STOCK WHAT SAILOR'S WANT".