SCBFA Certified Dealer Spotlight:
Mid-Carolina Marine

April 1, 2022

Mid-Carolina showroom (Photo Courtesy of Mid-Carolina)

For more than 40 years, Mid Carolina Marine in West Columbia has strived to offer the best boats with excellent service, making them one of the top dealers in the state.

Since 1979, Mid-Carolina Marine has supplied boaters in the midlands and across the state with premiere freshwater and saltwater boats, with a well-equipped and experienced team of sales representatives and technicians.

“We pride ourselves on doing the right thing by providing good service and taking care of people,” said Owner Charles Carson.

Carson took over the dealership in 2018 after purchasing it from long-time owners Johnnie Snipes and Taylor Smith, who opened Mid Carolina in 1979.

When Carson took over, he strategically worked to expand their facilities and remodel their showroom to make it a first-class experience for boaters and anglers.

“We remodeled our facilities three years ago to improve the looks of our location and make it a more comfortable place for our customers,” said Carson.

Mid-Carolina is home to eight different brands, three of which are SCBFA members: Scout, Sportsman, and Stingray. Recently, the dealer began selling Low Country aluminum boats, which are made in South Carolina, as well.

“We feel like we have some of the best boat lines available, four of which are made in South Carolina,” said Carson. “Mid-Carolina Marine offers something of value to every boating enthusiast.”

In addition to their array of boats, Mid-Carolina has highly trained Yamaha Five Star technicians and offers a wide range of services.

Being in the midlands and having long-term employees has been the formula for Mid-Carolina’s continued success.

“I believe we are unique because of how long we have been in business and the success we’ve had in the good times and the bad times,” said Carson. “We have experienced employees, many of whom have spent their career with us, striving to assist our customers in the best way possible.”

As a well-experienced business owner in other industries, such as concrete block and pipe manufacturing, Carson has experienced the benefits of industry-trade associations around the state and country, which excited him about SCBFA.

“I am a big supporter of industry-trade associations because I have seen and experienced the benefits of being a member of those associations,” said Carson. “It is always good to unite around common goals for the sake of an industry.”

Carson believes South Carolina’s natural beauty is a crucial element in the success of the boating and fishing industry, and he encourages South Carolinians to get outdoors and explore.

“You’re missing out if you are not getting outside to see the waterways, rivers, lakes, mountains, and coast of this state,” said Carson. “The boats and the water provide people the opportunity to experience the beauty of South Carolina.”

Locations and Hours of Operation: 

718 Sunset Blvd. 
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 791 – 1770

Monday – Friday      9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday                    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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