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

Cobalt Boats honors top dealers

Cobalt Boats recently honored its top dealers at its worldwide dealer conference at the Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla. More than 350 dealers attended the event, which also included the launch of 2014 Cobalt models. “We are proud to have such a fantastic group of dealer partners join us as we celebrate a successful…more

New England dealer honored by Monterey Boats

Monterey Boats recently ranked Bassett Yacht & Boat Sales fourth among its top five domestic sales-performing dealers for the 2013 model year and fifth among the top 10 CSI dealers during Monterey’s annual dealer conference at the Boca Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Bassett, which has locations in Old Saybrook, Conn., and Springfield,…more

Denison Yacht Sales adds Contender Boats line

Fort Lauderdale-based Denison Yacht Sales was named the South Florida and Great Lakes dealer for sportfishing builder Contender Boats. Denison will offer the full line of Contender center consoles, including the Open, ST, Tournament, LS, Express, Cabin and Bay models ranging from 21 to 40 feet. “Growing up a local Florida kid, there was no…more

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Dealer certification: the next phase

The program has been a godsend for those who have signed on, but, unfortunately, that’s only 10 percent of the industry’s dealers The writer and business expert Tom Peters once said, “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence — only in constant improvement and constant change.” As we here at the Marine Retailers Association of the…more

Bass Pro Shops signs radio-show sponsorship deal

Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear, inked a deal with Rural Radio to be the title sponsor of “Bass Pro Shops Fishing, Hunting and Conservation Hour,” which airs on Saturday mornings. This one-hour live show, hosted by longtime conservation leader and Redhead pro hunter Rob Keck,…more

BoaterRated signs deal with arbitration service

BoaterRated LLC, the Stuart, Fla.-based independent marine business review website, and Arbitration Resolution Services, which focuses on alternative dispute resolution through binding arbitration, said they are teaming up to bring a new service to the market. The affiliation allows BoaterRated partner businesses, which are companies enrolled in the program, to use Arbitration Resolution Services services…more

Atlantic Cruising Yachts opens on Annapolis waterfront

Atlantic Cruising Yachts LLC announced its grand opening at the International Marine Center on the Annapolis harborfront in Eastport. Atlantic now represents Jeanneau sailing yachts and Fountaine Pajot sailing and power yachts and offers brokerage services. It also offers programs designed to reduce the costs of yacht ownership. The company recently concluded an agreement to…more

Used-boat sales on the rise for Detroit dealer

Used-boat sales are picking up in the Detroit area, according to a family that has been in the boat business for more than 100 years. Four generations of the Velger family have owned and operated boat dealerships around Detroit, and they’ve seen their share of ups and downs, according to C&G Publishing. Rick Velger, who…more

Johnson Outdoors reports 3Q results

Johnson Outdoors today reported double-digit growth in operating profits and earnings in its third quarter and for the fiscal year to date. Net sales increased slightly, from $128.6 million to $129.8 million, in the quarter that ended June 28 and they were 3.5 percent above the prior year-to-date revenue, the Wisconsin-based outdoor recreation equipment company…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Danish Yachts, Vanquish Boats and Monterey Boats. Skagen, Denmark-based Danish Yachts is expanding into North and South America with Bradford Marine. Danish Yachts A/S CEO Patrik von Sydow and Paul Engle, president of the Bradford Marine companies, with shipyards in Fort Lauderdale and Freeport in…more

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