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

West Marine board member to step down

William U. Westerfield informed West Marine that he will not seek re-election as a director at the company’s 2010 annual meeting of stockholders, the company said in a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Mr. Westerfield had no disagreements with West Marine’s management or the board of directors on any matters relating to…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Dr. Shrink, Encore Boat Builders, AER Supply, Imtra and Donovan Marine. Dr. Shrink signed on its first distributor in Africa. Shrinkwrap Innovations of Rustenberg will cover South Africa for the company. Shrinkwrap Innovations will carry all Dr. Shrink shrink-wrap and accessories, as well as provide…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Sea Ray, Gold Key Marine, Regal Marine and Crate’s Lake Country Boats. Sea Ray Boats added eight new dealers in markets from California to the mid-Atlantic and Canada. “By continuing to add premier dealerships to our industry-leading team, we are enhancing our market performance and…more

West Marine reports 3Q results

West Marine reported a 6.7 percent drop in net revenues for the third quarter, but officials say the company is free of debt for the first time in its history, with a cash balance of $22.3 million. For the quarter that ended Oct. 3, net revenues dropped to $168.2 million from $180.2 million in the…more

Louisville in 2010 promises big savings

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference has ended its seven-year run in Miami Beach and next year heads to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. IBEX 2010, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Professional BoatBuilder magazine, is scheduled for Sept. 28-30. Exhibitors at this year’s show were generally positive about the move, many…more

Nine products win Innovation Awards

Nine new products were recognized for innovation at this year’s industry breakfast, held on the last day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. In addition, the Mel Barr Award was presented to Joe Charles, founder of Charles Industries, by the National Marine Representatives Association and Boating Industry magazine. And 70 boat and engine manufacturers…more


Q&A with John Spader, president of Spader Business Management

John Spader is president of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Spader Business Management, which defines itself as a “resource for a dramatic course to improved productivity, profitability and performance.” Spader, 43, is one of the primary instructors for the company’s popular Total Management Workshop and also presents various other business management workshops and seminars. He is the…more

West Marine plans conference call on 3Q results

West Marine will hold a webcast and conference call at noon EST Oct. 29 to discuss its third-quarter financial results. West Marine’s earnings release will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission under cover of Form 8-K prior to the call. The live call will be webcast and available in real time at www.westmarine.com…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Regulator and Tigé. At this year’s Genoa Boat show in early October, Regulator president and owner Joan Maxwell awarded Antonio Moscato, owner of International Marine Dealers, the 2009 Dealer of the Year Award. The award recognized IMD for exemplary sales in the 2009 model year…more

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