I have been in sales/brokerage in the marine industry for about 4 years now...I actually got into it during the summers between college and now I am full time since I graduated college in May. Growing up on the water and now working around it is great. You meet people from all different backgrounds and help them with their investment.
The dealership that I work sells mostly large SeaRay Crusiers in the 28-45ft. range. Were are paid a modest base salary and then we earn 2% on what we sell. For easy math...If I sell a $100,000 SeaRay my commission is $2,000 plus my base salary. Other dealerships may pay on gross profit but I like being paid a percentage of the selling price. Here's one reason...we recently sold a boat that was a 2000 Model. It was on the showroom floor for almost 3 years...unpopular model. We ended up selling it for dealer cost. If I was paid on gross profit I would have ended up with nothing. I will average about 50k a year. I am happy with that since I haven't been out of school for a full year yet...I have the usual benefits and retirment plans as well. A drawback is that there is no dental.
The perks...well I get to take out pretty much any boat that I want for the afternoon or after work. Last summer I even took my girlfriend out on a 38ft. SeaRay crusier for the weekend. Another perk is during the summer months I am always outside and usually on the water. Also get to take tours at the factory and learn how the "industry" really prices boats. Aother perk that I like is to be able to drive and go through different boats that we get on trade. After a while, you can really see who the top manufacturers are.
The drawback....let's put it to you this way....during the summer I worked every single Sat. 9-5 and Sun 11-4. My dayoff in the summer is Wed. However, since we are located on the water...I would put my personal boat in at the ramp by my house and boat to work . Then after work...go down to the slip to hop in the boat and grab a bite to eat on the water at a waterfront resturant.