More than 50-years ago, Tri-State Marine began as a result of a couple’s vision to build an enduring marine business to create a legacy for their family, while delivering on the needs of those who love the water. They instilled their personal integrity, established enduring relationships with the best brands, built a foundation with ever-loyal leadership and employees and delivered on their passion for high-quality service. What resulted is a widely considered to be the hallmark of leading boat dealerships in the area — with hundreds of customer testimonials and decades of awards as proof points.
Tri-State Marine today continues its tradition of what made it special through countless years — remembered mostly by the simple happiness and priceless memories created along the way. Now under its next generation of ownership, the Rhodes family takes the helm of the extraordinary legacy created by Tom & Mary Beth Magenau long ago. We do so with the same passion for our customers, yet with renewed energy to take Tri-State Marine into a new era — building on its foundation to become even greater known throughout the Chesapeake Bay Region. We recognize that the same basic formula that has driven our past success persists and will drive our future success: to always do the right thing — by our people and especially YOU, our customers.
We look forward to continuing to serve you and the entire Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland communities as your Chesapeake Bay Boating Connection. Whether you’re looking for a new boat or a pre-owned boat, marine services of any kind, parts, accessories or supplies, a boat slip or storage, bait and tackle or spot to get you into the water and fueled-up for the day, Tri-State Marine is your destination for all of your boating needs.
We are always available to you — please tell us how we can make boat ownership easier and more enjoyable.
Explore, dream, discover – happy boating!
Keith A. Rhodes
Owner & CEO, Tri-State Marine
Bluewater Capital, Inc.
"I've been doing business with Tri-State Marine since 1989. During this time, I’ve bought two new boats, bought more parts than I can remember, have had all maintenance work done there and I fully TRUST them. Through the years the sales and maintenance staff have become more like friends — and the management is always sponsoring nice things and events for their customers.”
– John Peakcock, customer and Grady-White Chesapeake Bay Club Member.
“The folks at Tri-State Marine are top notch! I recently purchased my first (new) boat and they were incredibly patient with me, as this was a big decision. I was on the fence about another boat and they made it very clear that they wanted me to be happy, as opposed to the “sale”. Their sales advisors were outstanding and always responsive. They have earned my business and support for many years!”
– Sammy Barbieri, customer, RE/MAX Real Estate Office Manager – True Marylander.
"Most recently I had the pleasure of buying my first Grady-White through Tri-State Marine. I worked with Ron on exploring the options and selecting the right fit for our family. Ron’s not a salesman; rather a passionate advocate for boating who is transparent through the process and works with you along the boat purchasing journey. We could not be happier. Thanks Ron and Tri-State Marine Team."
– Timothy Katsch, customer, first-time Grady-White Owner. Welcome aboard!
We're in Good Company
Each year, we service and store hundreds of boats for our customers throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. One of the more recognizable is the locally famous Boatyard Bar & Grill boat — where you can find her and her crew each Wednesday night filming the weekly Annapolis Yacht Club's Sailboat Races. The team also goes as far as Key West filming many well-known and equally exciting regattas up and down the East Coast. The boat is well-cared for and managed by Bruce Nairn from T2PTV Sailing on Demand, who entrusts Tri-State Marine with her ongoing well-being.
When asked “Why Tri-State Marine?”, Bruce emphatically states “the relationships, trust and the continued integrity of the team there is why the Boatyard Bar & Grill Boat is serviced exclusively by Tri-State Marine – and will be for many years to come.”
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Marina, Tackle and Gift Shop
On the water and just down the road from our primary location, is Tri-State Tackle & Gifts and Deale Marina. Here you will find a place for all of your fishing and crabbing needs. Whether you’re looking for a new PENN Squall 30 Trolling Rod Combo and bait to reel in the local favorite Rockfish or if you wish to pick-up a Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Cooker Set for your next Crab Feast, we have you covered with all of the best brands. We can even get you into the water on Deale’s only public boat ramp, get you fueled up at our fuel dock and if you need a place to keep your boat, you can do so at Deale Marina – all on site. It’s no wonder why Chesapeake Bay Magazine recently award us as the Best Tackle Shop in their 2020 Best of the Bay contest! Stop by to see why for yourself.
Like so many other successful business that have stood the test of time, Tri-State Marine began with a simple idea, some determination and an old garage. From its humble beginnings assembling boat trailers in that old garage in Washington, D.C., it would have been hard to see what would result 56 years later. Nonetheless, Tom and Mary Beth Magenau, with 2 children in tow, built on their dream by moving their small business to Deale, MD in 1968 — chosen because it was the closest access point to the Chesapeake Bay from Washington, D.C. – with easy accessibility from Baltimore and Annapolis. Once there, they began assembling all of the components to build what would eventually become what Tri-State Marine is today — considered by many to the be leading marine sales and services dealer in the Chesapeake Bay Region. That is not to say that there weren't many trials and learning along the way — all of which gave us our unmistakable character and enviable marine knowledge. And, while Tri-State Marine has long been a leading dealer for Grady-White since 1974 , it is little known that we once also sold North American boats in the late 1960’s, Santana Sailboats in the 1970’s, Tracker Boats during the 1980’s and Carolina Skiffs in the 1990’s.
Today, we are very pleased to represent three leading boat brands, Grady-White, Parker Offshore and Sea Pro, not to mention enduring relationships with Yamaha, Garmin, Fusion and EZ Loader Trailers. We’re even more proud of what we have been able to provide the DC, VA and MD communities throughout the years — no doubt a lifetime of fun and many cherished memories. And, while Tri-State Marine is under the leadership of its next generation of owners, our legacy persists with many of the same people that built Tri-State Marine to what it is today — many of whom will also carry the legacy forth for many years to come.
Grady-White is one of the most renowned saltwater boat manufacturers in the world. Whether heading to your favorite fishing spot, or relaxing with friends and family for a day on the water, nothing quite compares to a Grady-White. With the highest level of customer satisfaction, industry leading safety, quality and reliability, superior design innovation and enviable overall performance, it’s no wonder why Grady-White has won the hearts of so many — including industry peers who have recognized Grady-White with countless awards. When combined with Grady-White’s unparalleled SeaV²® hull, ranked #1 in performance in each of the eight J.D. Power and Associates Marine Studies ever done, you arrive at something special — found only in a Grady-White.
Parker Offshore boats are overbuilt and quality made, hand hewn to ensure that the boat building resume imprinted upon Parker since the late 1960s is forged across every detail of its boats. Common sense, time-tested design and a straightforward approach, combined with uncompromising dedication to the highest quality construction practices and craftsmanship, has earned the entire Parker Offshore line the reputation of strength, simplicity and seaworthiness. Every boat incorporates the highest quality construction techniques and products so that every Parker Offshore boat meets and exceeds the toughest standards in the industry – their own!
Whether you’re looking for a steady high-performance offshore saltwater fishing machine, or a safe and comfortable family friendly boat that is sure to impress while entertaining for a day on the water, legendary Sea Pro provides just the boat with enormous value not often found in competing brands. The formula for offering this level of quality and performance is simple, Sea Pro spares no expense on engineering, raw materials, hardware and equipment that comprise every element and cleverly designed feature. This was exactly the vision of Sea Pro owner Jimmy Hancock, along with former Tidewater Boats founder Preston Wrenn, when relaunching the legendary Sea Pro brand of boats in the Spring of 2015. No wonder why Sea Pro is now one of the fastest growing center console brands in the industry.
As the Chesapeake Bay region’s top Yamaha authorized dealer with 5-Star Gold Certified status, you can trust in our team of factory certified service technicians, including an industry best master service technician, to deliver your boat new power to enjoy for many years to come. We exclusively sell, install and service Yamaha motors for a reason: For more than 30 years, Yamaha Outboards have delivered far more than superior power, performance and efficiency. Yamaha owners get something that can’t be measured in HP or RPM — with legendary Yamaha reliability, purpose-built from the ground up to withstand the rigors of offshore boating.
Tri-State Marine offers expert sales, installation and training of the industry’s best marine electronics, exclusively from Garmin Marine. We pride ourselves on being the region's leading Garmin Marine dealer, and offer Garmin's full line of electronics. Not sure where to begin? Not to worry, our sales team will advise you on the perfect pairing of Garmin’s advanced marine electronics to your needs — Chartplotters, Fishfinders, Transducers, Sonar, Radar, Handhelds & Wearables and the industry’s best marine audio from Fusion Audio Entertainment. Our expert service technicians then ensure proper installation and testing — even high-level training to get you up and running quickly!
Fusion Marine Audio
Tri-Stare Marine is proud to offer the full-line of FUSION True-Marine™ products, designed and engineered specifically for the marine environment. True-Marine™ products are subjected to rigorous environmental testing under harsh marine conditions to surpass industry guidelines of marine electronics. We offer and install the full-range of Fusion Marine productions — Stereo Units, Speakers, Subwoofers, Amplifiers and Remote Controls. Whether you’re a novice or an audiophile, you’ll find the perfect fit at Tri-State Marine where our advisors will guide you on your selection, while our service technicians will outfit your boat — ensuring proper installation, set-up and tuning.
EZ Loader Trailers
Tri-State Marine offers expert sales, fitting and service of the industry’s best recreational boat trailers, exclusively from EZ Loader. For over 65 years, EZ Loader has led the industry in quality, performance, safety, reliability and innovations — continuing to outpace their competitors. All EZ Loader trailers are engineered to be fully adjustable to accommodate most vessels and are built using a heavy-duty frame, the highest quality components and marine-grade hardware with an industrial-grade finish. Simply put, they’re engineered to fit and built to last!
You're in Good Hands
Our decades of success has relied on a simple, yet enduring formula - to recruit and retain the industry's best talent who "always do the right thing," by each other and our ever-loyal customers. We've been rewarded with a team, many whom have been with Tri-State Marine for more than 25 years, who are smart, dedicated, passionate about their work and take pride in a job well-done.
Work With The Best
We’re looking for some of the industry’s best to join our team of the industry’s best! We offer a culture of learning and growth — not to mention a fun place to work. If you’re interested in making a mark in a growing company and industry while enjoying the benefits that comes with it, take a look at our current open roles and be sure to apply.