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Tohatsu America Corp., distributor of Tohatsu and Nissan Marine outboards, recognized its top 25 U.S. dealers based on outstanding sales and service in 2008.

The top 25 Tohatsu dealers are: A.K. McCallum Co., N.C.; Amber Marine, Calif.; Avalon Professional Group Inc., Fla.; Ballard Inflatable Boats, Wash.; Boater’s Gear Inc., Fla.; Boats & Motors, Mass.; Defender Industries Inc., Conn.; Dinghy Doctor, Calif.; Elephant Boys, Wash.; Hammer’s Marine, Alaska; Holley Outdoors, Fla.; L & R Marine, Ind.; Lake Area Marine Inc., La.; Lake Road Marine Sales, Pa.; Lawson’s Boat Sales, Ark.; Marita Sea & Ski, Alaska; Northeast Outboards LLC, N.Y.; Omni Square Inc., Fla.; Outdoor World, Ind.; Sailboats Inc., Ind.; Storm Chasers Marine Service Inc., Alaska; Taylor Marine, Texas; Tradewind Inflatables, Calif.; Watson’s Marine Inc., Mich.

The top 25 Nissan dealers are: Bayside Boat & Tackle Inc., N.Y.; Beavers Marine Store, Ohio; Bobby’s Marine Service Inc., Va.; Chapman Sport Shop, N.Y.; Coastal Marine & Sports, N.C.; Cumberland Watersports, Tenn.; Duvic’s Inc., La.; Gander Marine Inc., Mass.; Hogland’s Inc., Ark.; Inflatable Boats of Fl. Keys, Fla.; Kinkaid Village Marina, Ill.; Marine Center, Mo.; Mercury Marine, Miss.; Michalak Marine Inc., Pa.; Northeast Marine, Fla.; Northwest Inflatable Boats (Elco Marine), Ore.; Red River Marine Inc., La; Sanford Marine Inc., Tenn.; Sherms Marine Service, Miss.; Ted’s Marine & Sporting Goods Inc., Ark.; Tire Town USA Inc., Miss.; Van’s Sport Center, Mich.; West Bay Inc., Pa.; White County Marine, Ark.

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Eastern Yachts of Palm Beach, Fla., is now part of the Florida Yacht Group, the marketing entity for several previously independent dealers. The addition of Eastern Yachts brings the Beneteau and Catalina Yacht brands into the Florida Yacht Group fold.

Per Huffeldt will remain active as a shareholder and Fokke De Jong as operations manager of the Palm Beach office.

In 2008, Florida Yacht Group also established majority ownership of Yacht Sales Florida and Sailboats Florida, both located in St. Petersburg, Fla. This gave the group a sales and operations hub on the west coast and added the Hanse and Moody Sailboat product lines. The Group also expanded its fleet of charter yachts in 2008, and now also offers flexible fractional ownership and lease options in its new FlexTime program. It also expanded its service and warranty capabilities.

Florida Yacht Group now has 10 offices in Miami Beach, Key Largo, Key West, Amelia Island, Melbourne, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, and on the West Coast; St Petersburg and Fort Myers, as well as Abaco, Bahamas. The group now represents Carver, Jeanneau, Hunter, Fountaine Pajot, Beneteau, Hanse/Moody and Catalina Yachts.

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Real Ships, a custom steel boatbuilder in Mobile, Ala., selected Compass International of Spain to represent its yachts in the European cruising market.

Compass International has been offering brokerage, mooring, charter and yacht delivery services in Palma de Mallorca since 1986 and specializes in brokerage of expedition cruising and research vessels as well as conversion projects. Owner Heikki Luoma has been boating since he was 25 and sailed professionally prior to beginning Compass International. He holds a Finnish Captain’s license under which he has logged 60,000 nautical miles.

Compass International will work with clients as they determine how they will use their yacht, what range is necessary to meet their cruising goals, and what the accommodation, styling, and design details should include. The Real Ships team in Alabama will then work with all the client specifications to build the yacht accordingly.

European customers of Compass International will also have the benefit of the company’s relationship with a host of Mediterranean companies for service, repair, engineering, and painting in addition to their moorage and yacht delivery services.

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New Zealand-based Tallon Marine appointed Boater’s World Marine Centers for national distribution of its receiver platforms and its four ranges of interchangeable accessories, including Fishing & Diving, Entertaining, Attaching and Power.

Boater’s World will immediately offer Tallon Marine products online. An initial rollout in 12 stores will start this month, followed by an additional 12 to 20 stores in the second quarter of 2009. Tallon Marine products also will be available for purchase at the Boater’s World booth at the Miami International Boat Show.

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Performance Metals recently honored three distributors with international sales awards.

Norway’s Telmo Control was awarded for having the highest sales for 2008.  With a 180 percent increase, Malta’s HC Marine had the greatest sales increase over last year. Covering The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, Van Dijk Marine Service earned the highest sales-per-capita recognition.

Headquartered in Bechtelsville, Pa., Performance Metals manufactures hull, rudder, trim-tab and shaft Navalloy anodes that are designed to prevent costly corrosion on recreational, commercial and military vessels.

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Alexseal Yacht Coatings of St. Louis added two distributors in the Mediterranean — Italy’s Amico Servizi Srl and Teknomarin in Turkey.

Amico Servizi Srl, sister company to Amico & Co — founded in 1990 and one of the Mediterranean’s leading superyacht refit and repair facilities — continues to increase the products and services available to captains and crew at its Genoa facility. Amico Servizi Srl added its distribution services in 2007.

Teknomarin is a subsidiary of Istanbul Teknik Boya ve Kimya San. Tic. LTD. Specializing in manufacturing and direct sales of marine and industrial paints for more than 30 years, Teknomarin now provides Turkey’s boatyards and professional applicators with access to Alexseal’s complete set of paint products.

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