Carlisle's Marine, Inc.
Carlisle's Marine, Inc. has been serving the boating needs of Delaware since 1946. Founded by Merle Carlisle, the company began in Newark as a part-time business building 12’-16’ wooden runabouts. In 1949, Merle and Carlisle’s Marine became an official Mercury Outboard dealer. The retail store was built on a piece of adjoining property as the company expanded.
The business continued to grow, and in 1950, Merle’s son Merle Jr. came on board, taking part in the family business. Carlisle’s Marine had expanded into selling factory-built wooden boats by well-known names including Trojan, Penn Yann, and Owens. As inboard/outboard motors came on the market, Carlisle’s Marine took on the challenge. Few boats would accept the new equipment, so our team would acquire the original outboard versions and completely rebuild the transom to install the new inboard/outboards.
The business continued to grow, and in the mid-1980s Merle Jr.’s son Rick Carlisle joined the company, continuing the family tradition. Together, they expanded into sales of new boats and products including fishing boats, pleasure boats, and fishing tackle, making Carlisle’s Marine the area’s go-to source for nautical needs in Delaware.
Carlisle’s Marine finally outgrew the original location on Churchman’s Rd in Newark, and moved thirty miles south to our current location in Smyrna, Delaware. Our new facility houses our growing business, allowing us to expand further into more boating and aquatic merchandise including accessories, crabbing supplies, tackle, bait, and even hunting gear.
Throughout our decades of history and generations of family, one thing has remained the same. At Carlisle’s Marine, we always we take pride in our work and the products we sell, making us not only a top retailer and supplier of boats, repairs, and supplies, but also a trusted and reliable provider of boating services.