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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.

West Marine seeks environmental product entries

West Marine issued a final call for entries for its “Green Product of the Year” award. As part of West Marine’s mission to improve and protect marine habitats and reduce its impact on the environment, it will award one prize of $10,000 to the designated official winner (void where prohibited by law) at the 2010…more

Bass Pro Shops founder honored with lifetime achievement award

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership recently honored Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris at its second annual Capital Conservation Honors ceremony in Arlington, Va. Morris was presented with the organization’s Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award. Other honors included the Sportsman’s Champion Award presented to Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., for his leadership in the U.S. House…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Tigé Boats, SeaWide Distribution, and the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Tigé Boats added three new dealers to its network. Ski and Sport Inc., New England Correct Craft and Drummondville Marine joined the worldwide network of authorized Tigé dealerships. Located in Rogers, Ark., Ski and…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from CWR Electronics, Scout Boats, Racor and Keller Marine. CWR Electronics, a full-service distributor of marine, outdoor and consumer recreational products, added WxWorx Satellite Weather to its product line. WxWorx specializes in mobile weather analysis and is also the data provider for XM WX Satellite Weather,…more

GE issues its first asset-backed security

Industry leaders are hoping liquidity will return to marine floorplan lending with GE Capital issuing the first dealer floorplan asset-backed security under the Term Asset-Backed Securities Lending Facility, or TALF. “This is the first real sign that liquidity is coming back to the floorplan space in the secondary markets,” says Matthew Dunn, legislative director for…more

Boating World launches new Web site, begins fall testing

Boating World Magazine recently launched a new Web site, offering such features as a virtual docking game, moderated forums, and video channels. The new games area of BoatingWorldOnline.com lets visitors try their hand at boating games and traditional puzzles like word searches and crosswords. Boaters can connect on the forums, moderated by executive editor Alan…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Eastern Yacht Sales, Brunswick Marine Parts & Accessories, Smoker Craft, AB Inflatables and MarineMax. Eastern Yacht Sales, new boat dealers for Catalina Yachts, Eastern Boats, Jeanneau Yachts, Mainship Power Boats, Jefferson Yachts, Island Packet Yachts and Bavaria Yachts, opened a branch at Kingman Yacht Center…more

West Marine to open new store in Seattle

West Marine will hold a grand opening celebration Sept. 26-27 for its premier store in the Pacific Northwest, located in downtown Seattle. The celebration will feature contests, prize giveaways and informative clinics by industry veterans. Volunteers from the Disabled Americans Veterans’ local Seattle chapter will be on hand with refreshments while supplies last. The new…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from the National Marine Distributors Association, Nordic Northwest Yachts, Laborde Products and Win-Tron Electronics. Most marine distributors say they expect accessory sales for 2010 to be up compared to 2009, according to a recent survey by the National Marine Distributors Association. Though 76 percent reported sales…more

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