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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.

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Dillon Marina and Yachting Experts. Dillon Marina in Dillon, Colo., recently joined the nearly 600 marinas and fuel docks nationwide offering ValvTect Marine Fuels. Dillon Marina is on the shores of Dillon Reservoir and is one of North America’s highest marinas and one of the…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Bad Elf and Malibu Boats. Bad Elf, a manufacturer of Apple-approved accessories that enable the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad to receive real-time GPS data on board via satellite, chose Coatney Sales to represent the company’s product line in Great Lakes and Midwestern states. Based…more

OPINION: Younger boaters have been priced out of the market

Most of us have heard the comment: “I didn’t leave my (fill in the blank). It left me.” Concerning the headline on the front page of the July 2013 edition of Soundings Trade Only (“A ‘scary’ graying of our core market”), I imagine one reason that many prospective and former boaters are not current boaters…more

Wisconsin yacht dealer has new owner

Wisconsin-based CenterPointe Yacht Services LLC agreed to buy Great Lakes Yachts Services of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., which has been held by the same family for the last 52 years. Terms of the deal, which is slated to close later this summer, were not disclosed. Great Lakes Yacht Services, formerly the Palmer Johnson yard, specializes in…more

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An ominous age gap

Twice as many new-boat buyers are over 65 as are under 40 and that gives forecasters gray hairs No matter how you dice it, the data is clear: Boat buyers are getting older at a rate that’s outpacing overall aging in America. And that’s not just new-boat buyers. Used-boat buyers also are aging, albeit not…more

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Motivating millennials to become boat buyers

Bryant Boats chairman John Dorton is focusing on the upcoming generation of boaters, and he’s taking an aggressive approach to reach that segment. “I call them the millennials, and they’re really the group that we’re after,” Dorton says. “We’re going after the baby boomers, like everybody else is, but we wanted to target that generation,…more

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Two years of free service, storage for Hunt buyers

Hunt Yachts president Peter Van Lancker sees the launch of the Hunt Carefree Purchase Program as a sales incentive to move  new boats, but also as a vehicle to take his company’s reputation for after-purchase service to new highs. “It’s a competitive world, and we’re trying to differentiate ourselves,” he says. For customers, that means…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Greenline Hybrid, Baja Marine, Bertram Yacht, Nordic Tugs and Monterey Boats. Denison Yacht Sales was named the Florida and California dealer for Greenline Hybrid, the world’s first serial production hybrid yacht. Denison will offer the full line of Greenline yachts, including the 33, 40 and…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Top Notch Marine, Mercury Marine and Aquatic AV. Top Notch Marine opened a new location in Pompano Beach, Fla. Top Notch purchased and renovated a waterfront building at 651 South Federal Highway. The 35,000-square-foot building, which has been vacant for the last five years, is…more

Navigator Yachts adds West Coast dealer

Crow’s Nest Yachts is now the exclusive dealer for Navigator Yachts at its locations in Seattle, Newport Beach and San Diego after the yacht builder was bought by a private equity investment group. Crow’s Nest Yachts will take delivery of the first 2014 52-foot Navigator model at its docks in San Diego in early September,…more

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