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Beckley sets course for retirement as he tries to sell boat dealership

Ken Beckley, owner of Beckley's Boats in Central Avenue in Colonie, in the show room of his business Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Ken Beckley, owner of Beckley's Boats in Central Avenue in Colonie, in the show room of his business Thursday.
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It started with one boat, an 18-foot Chris-Craft that Ken Beckley bought from his uncle in Tarrytown in 1967. Eighteen years old and still in high school, Beckley rented the boat out while teaching water skiing for hotel patrons at Lake George. Over the following four decades, Beckley’s rental fleet grew to 45 vessels. Beckley’s Boats, as the business came to be known, also includes a Diamond Point Marina and a boat dealership on Central ...


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