Rossiter Boats adds dealers in sign of growth

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Rossiter Boats said it added six dealers during the last month for its fiberglass composite boats.

Rossiter Boats said it added six dealers during the last month for its fiberglass composite boats.

Rossiter Boats said it is experiencing double-digit growth and the Canadian boatbuilder also said it doubled its dealer base during the last 12 months.

Markdale, Ontario-based Rossiter said it unveiled a new 20-footer, for which the first year’s production sold out before the first boat came off the line.

“There is value to building boats using leading-edge materials and technology, but at the same time, doing it the traditional way — building boats one at a time, by hand each and every day, thanks to the support of our retail partners/dealers,” Rossiter president Scott Hanson said in a statement.

Rossiter said it added six dealers during the last month: Paris Marine; Hampton Watercraft & Marine; Seagate Marine; Woodlake Marine; Atwood Lake; and Yachting Solutions in coastal Maine.

“We’ve been in high-end boats for 15 years now, and Rossiter fits perfectly into our product mix. It’s not just the manufacturing of Rossiter that’s impressive — equally important to us it’s how they treat and respond to customers that really sets Rossiter apart,” said Tommy Gaston, president of Seagate Marine Sales in Stuart, Fla.

Tony Villareale, president of Hampton Watercraft & Marine in New York, said he chose Rossiter because of its quality. “Our customers demand quality, and Rossiter delivers on every level,” Villareale said.

“A customer introduced us to Rossiter. We were so impressed with their quality and classic retro-style, we took on the line,” said Greg Alcock of Woodlake Marine.

Rossiter said many of its powerboat hulls remain in the mold for one week during the layup process. Although the company said this might not make the most financial sense, it allows for complete curing of the hull and provides a stable, durable finished product that the company can support through its limited lifetime warranty.

Rossiter uses a three-part hull, grid stringer system and liner-deck construction method, coupled with attention to balancing fixed and variable weights, and a 22-degree variable deadrise hull design (there is a 24-degree deadrise on the 14-footer).

“At 25 knots, the loudest thing you’ll hear is another boat passing by,” said one of Rossiter’s new dealers, Chris Keenan of Essex Marine in Essex, Conn.

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