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Budget Marine opens new stores in Antigua North South and Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club
Budget Marine BVI and Bonaire move into new buildings
Budget Marine Grenada expands its building to 1.5 times its size

For the second time, Budget Marine partner David De Vries is chosen as an Olympic International Judge for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Budget Marine receives Raymarine 2014 Dealer of the year award.

Budget Marine Melges 24 wins Boat of the Year.

2013   The Budget Marine 2014 Marine Equipment Catalog tops 750 pages packed with products, pictures and technical  information.

Budget Marine Antigua opens second location in Falmouth English Harbour to service the booming yacht  industry in that area.

Budget Marine Antigua moves to a new custom built building in Jolly Harbour.
2010   Budget Marine Aruba opens. Tony Waldron is manager and the company is affiliated with the Varadero boatyard. The company starts trading to begin one of the most consistent growth paths experienced in the Budget Marine Group.

Budget Marine St Maarten adds a third floor to the building and gains 11,000 square foot in storage space making it easily the largest distribution facility in its category in the Caribbean.

Budget Marine Grenada becomes title sponsor of the biggest fishing tournament in the Caribbean, the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament, with the first event taking place in January 2011
2009   Budget Marine sponsors another innovative event, the inaugural Match Racing event as part of the Heineken Regatta, making history in the Caribbean. This event extends the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta to almost a full week of sailing fun. Participants include Peter Holmberg, previous skipper on Alinghi when he won first prize at the America's cup, teams from Russia, Brazil, the UK and the United States.
2008   The annual Budget Marine catalog expands to 500 full-colour pages.
2007   Budget Marine sponsors the inaugural Commodores' Cup, as part of the Heineken Regatta. The ABN AMRO One, skippered by Mike Sanderson, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2006, wins first prize.

Budget Marine Nautique moves from its Simpson Bay Yacht Club location to the St. Maarten main store sales floor, where a special marine style area is created to feature the Nautique collection.

Further expansion of the Budget Marine St. Maarten facility adds 4,300 square feet warehouse space in the next door building, linked by a bridge to the main store and a large covered area for dinghy storage. Group office area and conference room are improved.

Hardware and software upgrades substantially improve the efficiency of the IT system.

Budget Marine Curacao, Parera, introduces a rigging service, swaging wire up to 10mm.
2006   Budget Marine St. Thomas moves to its new, custom built chandlery.

In St. Maarten, Budget Marine’s Group Services expands, adding office space and a new Conference Center for meetings and customer service training. 

The dinghy dock is in Sint Maarten upgraded.

Budget Marine Curacao opens a second store in the Curacao Marine facility.

Budget Marine publishes first colour catalog with over 400 pages.
2005   Budget Marine Curacao introduces Free Shuttle that takes boaters from the marina to the chandlery daily.

Budget Marine VI moves from Vitraco Park into an expanded store in the independent Boatyard St Thomas location.

Robbie Ferron is honoured by the Queen of the Netherlands with a knighthood for his exceptional pioneer work in the yachting business and personal service to the sport of sailing on St Maarten and throughout the Caribbean.
2004   Budget Marine Curacao opens in Caracasbaaiweg.

Budget Marine St Maarten expands the sales floor and warehouse space by 1/3. The building is painted in bright Budget Marine colours, clearly visible across the entire Simpson Bay Lagoon.
2003   Budget Marine Grenada store moves to its new building, ideally situated in the Spice Island Marine Services boatyard on the True Blue side of Prickly Bay.
2002   The Trinidad store moves to a bigger, custom-built facility and expands its wholesale and export business.

The Independent Boatyard store in St Thomas is fully upgraded.
2001   Bigger dinghy dockage facilities constructed in Cole Bay, St.Maarten.

New location opens in Bonaire, Kralendijk.

New location opens in Grenada, Spice Island Boatyard.
2000   3 new locations open. In St. Thomas Budget Marine takes over the chandlery 'Marine Warehouse' in Vitraco Park, which is now called Budget Marine V.I. and operates the Boatyard Store in the Independent Boatyard.

Budget Marine switches to new software and away from the DOS program.
1999   New main store premises built in Cole Bay, St Maarten and Budget Marine Rigging started in Trinidad.
1998   Decision made to build new St Maarten store and do away with 28 storage containers.
1996   Budget Marine opens up in Trinidad in the old “Glastron” factory which was a wooden structure built by the US Armed Forces in the second world war.
1995   Budget Nautique opens its doors in the Simpson Bay Yacht Club.
1994   L’ile Marine opens up in Sandy Ground in French St. Martin.
1993   The store at Jolly Harbour, Antigua, opens to public just as the massive Jolly Harbour development with 500 waterside homes opens for the first time.
1992   Helene Eijkelenboom leaves her position of Sales & Store Manager having successfully established the company’s accounting, inventory and employee management systems.
1991   Alfred Koolen joins Budget Marine and adds a windsurf shop to the expanding business (A & A windsurfing). 

Budget Marine opens new facility upstairs in Priest Building in Philipsburg.  
1990   Robbie expands his container collection.
1988   David de Vries joins Budget Marine.
1987   Budget Marine opens store in Lenny’s Building in Philipsburg.
1983   Robbie and Helene Eijkelenboom open stockroom in their house across the road and up the hill from Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg.
1982   Robbie names his company “Budget Marine.”
1981   Robbie buys first container as workshop.
1979   Robbie Ferron arrives in St. Maarten.


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