Chronicles from Carl...


Kind of an absurd statement to make about my own business right? The fact is, we are kind of unique. Most places you go will do or say just about anything in order to sell you something. Here, we choose to do business a little differently. You are not going to come in our store (or visit us at a boat show for that matter)...find a boat that you like and hear someone say "10 grand off...but only if you buy it today!" or "We will give you twice what your trade is worth...but only if you buy it today!" Frankly, when I hear stuff like that come out of salespeople's mouths, all I can think of is how much your product had to have been overpriced to begin with in order to make me such an unbelievable offer. For us, for our customers and family, the way we do business is we would much rather give you what we can afford to give you up front.  It does not mean we will not work with you to earn your business, but it sounds a little different to hear you will get something worth a few hundred bucks to sweeten your deal than it sounds to get thousands of dollars off. We are not into people impulse buying a boat. If you want to make an impulse buy, feel free to look at the bic lighters and the ring pops next time you are checking out at the grocery store. As a general rule, most people do not buy boats very often, and deliberation and research are the norm. The more that you look around, the more that you learn, we feel like the better we look. We would much rather you do your due diligence and make an informed decision. Most of the time, that is what results in us making a sale. Sometimes it does not, and while that will always bother me a little bit - I feel like I should make every single sale every single time - Sometimes the product we have is simply not the best fit for a customer's needs and I have grown to accept that. I am glad that is rare! We are not the cheapest place to buy a boat, for that you usually need to go to a box store. Be prepared with a couple days' rations and maybe a signal flare or two...and for goodness sake it is twice as important to do your research because there is a good chance you will be answering your own questions. We are big enough to have resources and small enough to care. That is why we are the best place there is to buy a boat. 

And please, make us the LAST place you look!

We have definitely #Noticed an increase in our business this season. A very sincere THANK YOU to all our customers that have trusted us with your business and ordered or purchased a new boat from us already this year. In general, the national sales levels of new boats are climbing and this summer, that put several major manufacturers in a bind to meet demand. Some builders sold out their entire production capacity for the 2017 model year as early as March. This ended up placing a much bigger emphasis on in-stock units. The best news is that we still have some new inventory in stock RIGHT NOW and ready to rig to your specifications to get you on the water immediately. If you have a thought in the back of your head that you might want to custom order that perfect boat for next season, my advice would not be to wait until after the first of the year to try and do that.  Hopefully the builders are better prepared for next season but if they are not, the savvy buyer will have their boat on order this fall instead of finding out next spring that there are delays again like this past model year. No matter what you need to make the most of your time on the water, from a spark plug to a brand new boat, we hope to see YOU here in our store very soon!

We carry a great cross section of Lund and Triton fishing boats, as well as Premier, Palm Beach, and the new Lund pontoon boats on display INDOORS for you to check out. With our YYUGE showroom you can always see a couple dozen new boats all uncovered and under one roof. Keep in mind at this point in the season, fresh trades and lots of brokerage boats are coming and going every week so we continue to do our best to bring you a nice selection of great pre-owned boats. Please note that our used inventory typically sells fairly quickly so please call ahead to check the status of any pre-owned boat we have online if you would like to come take a look.

In the shop, the guys are going absolutely gangbusters with in season work and new boat rigging and prep. Let us know if we can help you with any repair or maintenance need that you want to have taken care of this season. You can always use our 24hr boat drop off service, just bring your boat by - day or night, whenever it is convenient for you and we will get your service work completed ASAP!

We want to wish you and your family the best and extend a heart felt thank you to all our sales and service customers for your business and for your loyalty!

About Us

Sportsman's Outfitter & Marine was founded in 1995.  Over the years, we have evolved from a full-line outdoor sporting goods dealership featuring Boats, Engines, Hunting, Fishing, Camping, and Archery equipment; to our business today focused on new and used boats accompanied by the parts and accessories to go with them.  Sales and Service go hand in hand at Sportsman's, which is not the typical model of our competitors. 

We originally were founded as a full line exclusive Tracker Marine dealer, but we parted ways with Tracker Marine Group in 2010.  You may ask us about that any time you wish.  One great advantage for us is that we have been privileged to represent several other respectable lines of boats along the way.  This gives us some fairly unique knowledge when you come to us needing service or seeking to purchase your next boat.  We are very proud to carry products from Premier, Triton, Palm Beach, and now Lund, all powered by Mercury and Mercruiser.  However, we can expertly compare and contrast what we offer versus Harris, Tahoe, Sun Tracker, Ranger, Landau, Tracker, Lowe, Suncruiser, Sea Ray, Maxum, Glastron, Cypress Cay, Bayliner, Rinker, Crownline, Nitro, Weeres, Stratos, Yamaha, Boston Whaler, G3, Caravelle, and many others because we have knowledge of those brands through our collective experience. 

The world has been a pretty harsh place over the past several years for those of us who make our living selling leisure.  Challenges still remain, but things have changed and times have improved significantly for most of us and we are proud to have persevered through some big changes in our industry.  Many of the individual dealers and even several of the brands of boats we used to compete with are simply gone.  Our commitment is steadfast to offer the very best boats available to the Kansas City area and as importantly, back them up with the very best service department.  You will not find a pushy sales person here, nor will you feel the vacuum of a big-box chain type atmosphere.  You will find friendly, experienced professionals eager to help answer your questions and find the right fit for your individual needs.  You will work with a manager or an owner of our business, and collectively we will do whatever we can to help you.  Our local, family-owned business relies heavily on repeat and referral customers, and we recognize that and do our best to earn those every single day.  If there is anything we can do to help you that is even remotely related to the boating lifestyle, give us a call or stop by soon.  As you have noticed on our home page, we are growing.  We have a brand new building, several new boat lines, and we are very excited about the future of our company.  We look forward to earning your business.

-Carl Johnson

Sportsman's Outfitter & Marine Inc.
19700 S. Peculiar Drive Belton, MO 64012
Phone: (816) 524-2277

Sportsman's Outfitter & Marine carries new Premier Pontoons
Sportsman's Outfitter & Marine carries new Triton Boats.
Sportsman's Outfitter & Marine sells new boats by Lund.
Palm Beach Pontoons
Sportsman's Outfitter & Marine carries new outboard motors by Mercury
Check out our selection of B&M Haul Rite Trailers

We were named one of America's Top 100 boat dealers by Boating Industry Magazine. Our commitment to bring you the best boats at the most competitive prices, all backed by the top service department in the region enabled us to earn this honor. Times change, dealers come and go, but the people we have with the necessary experience to understand your needs and support you before, during, and after the sale are what sets us apart. We have resources not available to smaller dealers and the care and dedication not found at the big box stores.

A BIG Thank-You to all of our customers as we have transitioned from our old facility in Lee's Summit to our new building in Belton.  Moving is never easy and we appreciate the patience and flexibility you have shown us.  We still want to invite all customers new and old to stop by and see our new place.  We are all settled in (More or Less) and we look forward to giving you a tour soon if you have not been out to the new campus.  We enjoyed our 18 years in Lee's Summit and feel blessed to have a wonderful new facility from which to serve the KC area.  Thanks again, and we look forward to serving you from Belton for many more years to come!

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