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West Marine reports 2Q results

West Marine reported a 5 percent decline in net revenues for the second quarter, which ended July 4, to $215.4 million from $226.7 million in the year-ago period. The decrease was primarily driven by store closures in 2008 and the first six months of 2009. Same-store sales fell by $2 million, or 1 percent. Comparable…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Tallon Marine and CWR Electronics. Tallon Marine, the New Zealand-based manufacturer of the integrated accessory systems, appointed Tides Marine of Deerfield Beach, Fla., to distribute its receiver platforms and accessories across the United States. Tides Marine is showcasing Tallon’s products this week at the Marine…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Ocean House Marina, The Boat Locker and Morgan Yachts. Ocean House Marina of Charlestown, R.I., was named the state’s exclusive dealer for Regulator Marine. Ocean House president and general manager, Rob Lyons, says the Regulator line is a natural fit for Ocean House. “Because Ocean…more

Bradford Grand Bahama honors employees

Bradford Grand Bahama Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, recently honored some of its “outstanding employees” with an appreciation celebration. Special service awards were given to 15 Bradford Marine Bahamas employees to commemorate 10 years of service. Those honored included Anton Bain, Jill Bradley, Natasha Brice, Bertram Cash, Elwood Jones, Delbert Knowles,…more

Pitch your products to West Marine

West Marine will hold its sixth New Product Review Day July 24 at the company’s Watsonville, Calif., support center. The event allows prospective vendors to pitch new products to various West Marine category managers, and the chance to be sold in West Marine’s 340 retail stores, as well as through its Web site, online catalog…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Genmar Yacht Group, Southeastern Dock & Platform, Maretron, Zodiac of North America and Grand Banks Yachts. Genmar Yacht Group recently named Singleton Marine Group a Marquis Yachts and Carver Yachts dealer for Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. Singleton Marine was founded in 1989 by Phillip…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from C. Sherman Johnson Co. Inc. and Campion Marine. C. Sherman Johnson Co. Inc. of East Haddam, Conn., was named sole U.S. distributor for the Italian made Garelli line of roller swaging machines. Garelli’s SM1, SM2 and SM3 swagers feature all die sizes stacked vertically and…more

Why do you exhibit at MAATS?

Thoughts from around the industry. Duncan Good General manager, Tallon Marine Ltd., Wanaka, New Zealand We exhibit at MAATS to continue developing aftermarket sales channels in the U.S. marine market in order to complement our existing OEM focus. MAATS is the only U.S. marine aftermarket accessories show. The private buyer-supplier meetings guarantee us invaluable time…more

A rundown of the lending programs

SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 for viable small businesses that need short-term help to make principal and interest payments on existing qualifying debt. ARC loans are interest-free to the borrower, carry a 100 percent guarantee from the SBA to the lender, and require no fees paid to the SBA.…more

A dealer-to-dealer wholesale channel

A new tool launched by BoatTrader.com is helping to keep wholesale inventory out of the retail market and making it available to other dealers around the country. The 2,600 dealers in BoatTrader.com’s network have access to a wholesale section that was launched May 20, says David Bingham, BoatTrader.com general manager. The mechanism began as a…more

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