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

Little or no Genmar presence at shows

Many boat show organizers say the uncertainty surrounding the former Genmar brands is impacting their shows, as dealers struggle to determine what’s next for those boat lines. As of late last year, Four Winns was the only Genmar company that had committed to showing at the Feb. 11-15 Miami International Boat Show, according to show…more

Thank God for the service department

The stepchild of boom years is earning its wings in these leaner times Don MacKenzie has a newfound appreciation of the service department at Boats Incorporated, a Niantic, Conn., dealership for Grady-White Boats, Parker Marine Enterprises and Yamaha outboards. “Right now, more than at any other time, I realize how important our service department is,”…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Jeppesen Marine, G3 Boats, Malibu Boats, Scout Boats Inc., Hall Marine Group, Centurion, Cannons Marina, Shogren Certified Sales, Island Trader Yacht Sales and Maritimo. Jeppesen Marine named Payne’s Marine Group its Canadian Distributor of the Year Award for 2009. Payne’s is a leading marine electronics…more

West Marine set to hold new-product review day

West Marine, the country’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, will hold its seventh New Product Review Day Feb. 19 at its Watsonville, Calif.-based support center. West Marine’s New Product Review Day allows prospective vendors to pitch new products to various West Marine category managers for the chance to be sold in West Marine’s…more

Gander Mountain stock trading ends soon

Gander Mountain Co. expects Jan. 25 will be the last day of trading of its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market. The company last week effected a one-for-30,000 reverse split of its common stock followed by a 30,000-for-one forward split of its common stock, and confirmed its intent to withdraw its shares of common…more

Defender Industries reports 2009 sales boost

Defender Industries announced an increase in sales of 29.3 percent in fourth quarter and a gain of 10.2 percent for the year ending Dec. 31, 2009, the company announced. Privately-held Defender does not release specific financial information, the company said. “Our sales set new all-time records in eight months of 2009, including the last seven…more

West Marine reports 4Q revenues

West Marine today reported an increase in net revenues for the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 2, when adjusted to account for an extra week in the fiscal quarter. The company had net revenues of $104.2 million for its 13-week 2009 fiscal fourth quarter. Adjusted to remove the impact of an extra week in the…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Sun Country Marine, Chesapeake Ranger Tugs, the Annapolis Spring Sails Event, Cobra Marine, Clarks Landing, Mercury Marine, Walstrom Marine, National Innovative Visions, Nauticomp and Oceanstyle Yachting. Sun Country Marine is now Southern California’s exclusive Sea Ray dealer. “With our dealer network, family culture, market presence…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Fischer Panda and Wilde Yachts. The U.S. office of Fischer Panda Generators announced it is opening a marketing, services and distribution operation in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The store will primarily focus on the Brazil marine market with long-term plans to serve as the South American…more

Gander Mountain delisting common stock

Gander Mountain Co. announced plans to withdraw its shares of common stock from listing on the Nasdaq Global Market. A special committee of the company’s board of directors, composed of independent directors, recommended – and the board of directors approved – plans to cease the registration of its common stock with the Securities and Exchange…more

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