Dealer Spotlight: Huff Marine

TSFMag Staff
Dealer Spotlight: Huff Marine
Huff Marine is a second-generation family-owned business located at 5918 South Staples in Corpus Christi. Their specialty is shallow water fishing boats and outboard engines, sold and serviced the old-fashioned way.

Mr. A.C. Huff, founder and original owner, opened an outboard engine repair shop in 1955 at the location that is still home to Huff Marine. A.C. turned the business over to son-in-law and daughter, Ronnie and Brenda (Huff) Nance in 1971. Mr. Huff, now ninety-five, remains involved, assisting at local boat shows and always enjoys hearing how each day goes at the shop.

Brenda became active in the business from the beginning helping her dad with administrative work. Ronnie began working for Huff Marine while attending high school and continued off and on after graduating from what is now Texas A&M Kingsville.

Brenda says, "The business sure has changed over the years. Back when we started Gale was a big player in outboards and I doubt many of our customers today would even recognize the name. Today we sell and service Suzuki, Johnson and Evinrude outboards and we became a dealer for Dargel Boats in the early 80s. Huff Marine is very proud to represent this excellent Texas boat builder."

Like Huff, Dargel is no newcomer to the south Texas fishing scene. Since 1937, Dargel has been designing and building flats boats of exceptional value, quality and performance. Their Skout series hulls offer fuel efficiency along with a smooth ride. The Hydrolift tunnel offers access to fishing spots others can only dream of reaching.

Ronnie Nance and Roy Hicks are the backbone of Huff's service team. Roy began his career with the company in 1978. Customers know and trust Roy as an honest, competent mechanic who prefers taking time to actually fix a problem rather than changing parts quickly and handing them an inflated repair bill. Ronnie and Roy have seventy years combined experience.

On Huff's operating policies, Brenda says, "We operate on friendly terms here. Customers deserve a no-pressure atmosphere; we never try to talk someone into a boat they don't need. Taking each buyer to the water for training is part of selling. We want them to understand how to operate their boat safely and efficiently as much as we want them to enjoy their buying experience. Our success is based on repeat customers who refer friends looking for honest deals and reliable, friendly service."

Huff Marine has been honored to receive Suzuki's, Cutting Edge Award, for excellence in service 2005-2008.

Store hours 7:30-6:00 Mon-Fri and 8:00-12:00 Sat. Huff Marine: 361-991-0369 or online: Visit Huff Marine at Rockport Sea Fair; October 9-11, 2009.