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Boat dealers make news when, for example, they add new lines of boats, relocate, get new owners or acquire other dealerships.

New York show dates and the ‘big picture’

NMMA official says Gov. Cuomo wasn’t just rescuing an event but aiding an endangered $5.8B industry The Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show not only has new dates for its winter show, it is adding a new in-water fall show. Starting in 2015, the show will move from the immediate post-holiday period to dates later…more

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Still tuned into his market

A thirst for innovation and a knack for reading trends have made Don Galey, at 80, one of California’s most successful boat dealers

Texas dealer expands with new sales office

Little Yacht Sales owner and principal Kent Little announced the grand reopening of its powerboat division, Texas Power Yachts, at a new marina in League City, Texas. “The move to South Shore Harbour of our Power Boat Division is part of our continuing efforts to present our new and used inventory in the best environment…more

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Cobalt Boats dealers raise money for cancer fight

Cobalt Boats dealers helped raise $15,000 for cancer research during their annual meeting. The Cobalt 5K Fun Run is an annual dealer meeting event launched by cancer survivor and Cobalt Northeastern regional sales manager George Muffick. The event has grown from six participants in 2006 to 78 this year. They ran, walked or biked in Vinoy…more

The Moorings debuts new branding effort

In an effort to reach new consumers, The Moorings launched a rebranding effort and expanded travel options for sail, power and crewed charter yacht vacations for 2014. A revised logo reflects The Moorings’ beginnings and establishment in 1969. The website has undergone the same rebranding process. New destinations in the Mediterranean have opened in three…more

Encore Boat Builders adds six dealers

Encore Boat Builders, manufacturer of Encore Bentley pontoons and Sun Cat boats, added six new U.S. dealers to carry its Sun Cat catamaran line. Antonietti Marine, Hudson, Fla.; Shields Marina, St. Marks, Fla.; Georges Marine, Mobile, Ala.; Halls Bridge Marine, Jackson, Ga.; Suncoast Discount Boating Center, Panama City Beach, Fla.; and Long Island Marine, Catawba,…more

Cobalt Boats honors top dealers

Cobalt Boats recently honored its top dealers at its worldwide dealer conference at the Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla. More than 350 dealers attended the event, which also included the launch of 2014 Cobalt models. “We are proud to have such a fantastic group of dealer partners join us as we celebrate a successful…more

New England dealer honored by Monterey Boats

Monterey Boats recently ranked Bassett Yacht & Boat Sales fourth among its top five domestic sales-performing dealers for the 2013 model year and fifth among the top 10 CSI dealers during Monterey’s annual dealer conference at the Boca Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Bassett, which has locations in Old Saybrook, Conn., and Springfield,…more

Denison Yacht Sales adds Contender Boats line

Fort Lauderdale-based Denison Yacht Sales was named the South Florida and Great Lakes dealer for sportfishing builder Contender Boats. Denison will offer the full line of Contender center consoles, including the Open, ST, Tournament, LS, Express, Cabin and Bay models ranging from 21 to 40 feet. “Growing up a local Florida kid, there was no…more

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Dealer certification: the next phase

The program has been a godsend for those who have signed on, but, unfortunately, that’s only 10 percent of the industry’s dealers The writer and business expert Tom Peters once said, “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence — only in constant improvement and constant change.” As we here at the Marine Retailers Association of the…more

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