An Interview with Conrad & Judy Kreuter
Conrad and Judy Kreuter have been running Moriches Boat and Motor since 1989. “There was not much difference in our town twenty years ago, [there are] more people now and certainly the growth is a good thing for us and we’ve developed into a great community” says Conrad.
Moriches Boat and Motor repairs and sells motors and parts for boats. Robert Wood was the previous owner and he passed his regular customers to the Kreuters. Many of these long time customers are still with them today. It is much harder to make a dollar today than it was twenty years ago. There is more competition today and it’s harder to make a sale because not many people have time to enjoy the hobby of boating. There is competition from other businesses, but, the real competition is the other recreational activities that people are involved in, such as golf and camping. The average price of a boat at Moriches Boat and Motor starts at $20,000 and goes up to $130,000. The brands that they carry consist of Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Evinrude, and Mercury. Suzuki motors are currently the most popular models; they have become considerably more popular than American brands.
The Kreuters did not know right away that they wanted to be involved in the marine business. They were just searching for a business to run and found Moriches Boat and Motor. When they first purchased the Moriches Boat and Motor it was a very small operation. They still have only one location but their business has grown in size and they hope to grow even bigger. The business has had its ups and downs over the years; but the Kreuters have found owning the Moriches Boat and Motor to be a very interesting and enjoyable experience. Moriches Boat and Motor is located at the end of Atlantic Avenue in East Moriches. They are open six days a week from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and every holiday except Christmas, New Year’s and Thanksgiving.
~Written by Samantha J.
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