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Bass Pro Shops plans New Jersey location

Bass Pro Shops announced that it will open a store at Luxury Point, one of the largest new mixed-use developments in the United States, in Sayreville, N.J. The new 200,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will be at Garden State Parkway and Chevalier Avenue and is scheduled to open in 2015. About 400,000 cars a…more

Cabela’s plans three store openings

Fishing and outdoor gear chain Cabela’s announced plans to open new stores in Berlin, Mass., Lubbock, Texas, and Cheektowaga, N.Y. The company is planning to build an 88,000-square-foot store to serve the Boston area. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014, with an opening slated for spring 2015. The store will employ…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Jet Tern Marine, Baja Marine and Scout Boats. Jet Tern Marine, the builder of Selene Yachts, named Luke Brown Yachts as its exclusive Southeast dealer for Jet Tern’s line of trawlers from 33 to 66 feet, which are designed by Howard Chen, a naval architect…more

Report says certified dealers do better in CSI index

Marine Five Star Dealer Certification unveiled new research results that show certified dealers outperformed non-certified dealers in every category of the Customer Satisfaction Index survey. Boat buyers were asked in a 2012 survey to rank their dealer’s performance in a variety of sales and service areas, including overall satisfaction, sales performance, sales personnel, sales reputation…more

sterndrive

Don’t write off sterndrives

They’ve trailed outboards in recovery, but much quieter, more efficient models are on the horizon The industry has experienced modest gains since the recession, but the recovery hasn’t been consistent across segments. Sales of outboard-powered aluminum boats have rebounded well, and the sport jetboat market saw a resurgence last year. But sales of sterndrive boats…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Baja Marine, B3C Fuel Solutions LLC and Aquatic AV. Baja Marine, parent company of the Baja, Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line boat brands, signed two new dealer partners for Pro-Line Boats. Avalon Marine Center in Avalon, N.J., and Long Island Boat Center in West Babylon, N.Y.,…more

Dealers and Distributors

Z Marine North America LLC, formerly Zodiac Recreational of North America LLC, announced that its California-based dealer, Inflatable Boat Specialists, is moving into a larger facility with more inventory to accommodate increased demand in the West Coast market. “IBS has been a very successful dealer for us for years and this new location only enhances…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Nautical Ventures Group, The Fossati Group and Global Ocean Security Technologies. Nautical Ventures Group reached an agreement with Belzona Marine to be the exclusive dealer for Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties in Florida and the Caribbean. Launched in 2012 at the Fort Lauderdale International…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Harbortown Marine in Ohio and Centurion Boats. Harbortown Marine recently received an award from the Chamber of Commerce in Vermilion, Ohio, for expanding and remodeling its growing retail business during the company’s 20th year in business. Its indoor square footage increased from 2,500 to 3,665,…more

pontoon

The newly cool pontoon boat

‘Ma and Pa’s barge’ is leading the way to recovery with enhanced performance and sexier styling The trend is not new. Pontoon boats have been gaining in popularity for about a decade, but since 2009 the segment has far outpaced others in speed of recovery. Aluminum was a growth market in 2012. For the year,…more

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