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Earl Bentz

Earl BentzEarl Bentz literally grew up in the marine business.  As a teenager, Earl worked for his uncle at his marine dealership in Charleston, South Carolina.  Boat racing captivated Earl and soon he was competing on the circuit while continuing to work at his uncle’s dealership.

In 1973, he joined the Mercury racing team.  He raced for Team Mercury for 8 years, during which time he was 9-time National Champion and
2-time World Champion.  In 1982, Earl founded his own boat manufacturing company, Stratos Boats, Inc. 

Stratos quickly became a leader in the fiberglass fishing boat industry.  Although Earl sold Stratos Boats, Inc. to Outboard Marine Corporation in 1987, he remained as president.  Under his leadership, OMC Fishing Boat Group became the world’s largest producer of fiberglass fishing boats.

In 1996 Earl founded Triton Boats, producing an innovative line of wood-free fishing boats.  Now in their 6th year of production, Triton Boats has become the acknowledged leader in fiberglass bass boat sales.

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