In 1972 father and son Sterling and Doug Van Rees purchased the Milford location of Taylor Marine Center. At the time both the Grady-White and Boston Whaler companies were just starting to find a niche in what later would become their trademarks and keys to their success — overbuilt, extremely safe, and high quality boats for the fisherman and the family.
Sterling and Doug recognized the integrity with the manufacturers and their management that they felt matched the quality they wanted in their dealership. At the time 21 feet was the largest both of the companies produced and like Taylor Marine Center, all of the companies would grow to become examples to the industry of superior quality and superior customer service.
Doug’s brother, Skip joined he and Sterling in 1976 and later in 1986 Doug’s son, Dirk came on board to add the 3rd generation of Van Rees’s. Over the years as Grady-White and Boston Whaler have improved and expanded, Taylor Marine Center has done the same. To better serve all customers on the Peninsula we purchased a second location, Taylor Marine Center II in Ocean City, MD in August of 2004.
For now going on 50 years the Van Rees family and the crew at Taylor Marine Center have had the simple philosophy to sell only the highest quality product, price our equipment competitively and strive to exceed our customer’s expectations with regard to service. We believe it’s been the hallmark of our success and the reason so many of our customers come back to us over and over again as their boating needs change.
Our on-water facility in Milford, Delaware and our 10-acre complex in Ocean City, Maryland are short drives from anywhere on the Peninsula as well as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Our commitment to handling only the finest equipment in the industry, pricing it competitively and providing service beyond our customers expectations have been the hallmarks of our success. Please enjoy the information available on our website. We hope you find it helpful. We look forward to you visiting our locations. Please call or email with any questions.