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

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

Dollars to get through the downturn

Three government-backed loan programs give working capital to businesses in need The credit crisis that began last September and has reverberated throughout the economy ever since has obviously made money hard to come by. And marine trade organizations from all sectors have been working to find financing options to help companies survive. Those options include…more


MAATS moves to the Sunshine State

Organizers hope change will limit the recession’s impact on attendance Producers of the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show are hoping a move from Las Vegas to Orlando, Fla., will help hold the line on this year’s attendance even in the current down market. “This [move] is a really big deal,” says Stephen Evans, director of…more

New company will operate Boatdealers.ca

A new media company has formed to operate Canada-based Boatdealers.ca and other digital media channels. The new company, Digital Era Media Inc., will create digital media channels to be accessed by PC and mobile devices via the Internet. DEM will take the business model of Boatdealers.ca and apply it to other vertical market segments. DEM…more

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