Dealer Spotlight: Gulf Coast Marine

TSFMag Staff
Dealer Spotlight: Gulf Coast Marine

Gulf Coast Marine at 10121 S. Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi, TX has been a family-owned business since 1954. Founded by Bill Holmes Sr. and now with Billy Holmes Jr. at the helm, Gulf Coast Marine takes great pride in offering their customers what they call, "guaranteed fastest possible service in South Texas."

Billy says his father founded the business on great service and customer relations and the tradition continues. "It's been our trademark for as long as we've been in business. We have families who have been buying boats and all their service work for three generations and we are very proud of these relationships."

Gulf Coast Marine offers the most extensive selection of boats and outboard motors in one location on the Texas Coast. The brands and models cover the full spectrum of fishing boats from shallow lagoon to bluewater. Their sixteen bay service center staffed by factory-trained technicians is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment for all the outboard brands they carry and a test tank to troubleshoot difficult engine performance problems under load. To support the service center, Gulf Coast Marine maintains a $1.0 million parts inventory. Billy Holmes says, "The outboard service parts network in this country is not nearly advanced as the auto parts industry where you can get almost anything overnight. Waiting days or even a week for parts to get a customer back on the water is unacceptable, so we stock a large inventory for all brands to be able to deliver world class service."

The list of boat brands currently available at Gulf Coast Marine includes, Blue Wave, Everglades, Glacier Bay, Gulf Coast, SeaArk, Shallow Sport, Shallow Stalker, Shearwater, Sterling, Striper, TwinVee Catamarans, UltraCat and World Cat. Their outboard lineup is equally impressive with Evinrude, Johnson, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Mercury. Chances are if you are looking for a boat and motor combination to suit your personal fishing application you can find it at Gulf Coast Marine!

Receiving manufacturer's Customer Service Awards is a blue-chip indication that assures prospective buyers they will receive excellent service after the sale and Gulf Coast Marine has garnered their share, including a host of platinum level prizes. Billy Holmes counts two of the industry accolades they have received as very special, the Boating Industry Association's Top 100 Dealers Award and the very first presentation of the prestigious R. J. Doherty Award.

Stop by their store or visit online at to learn more about products and services offered. Clicking the service tab on the home page will allow customers to schedule service appointments and also order parts.

Gulf Coast Marine
10121 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas