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Southport Boats adds Florida dealer

Southport Boats, which makes center- and dual-console boats, has added Trapper Custom Marine of Naples and Marco Island, Fla., to its dealer network. Trapper Custom Marine has been in business since the late 1970s and the business is run by brothers Neil and Jason Travis.

“We had been looking for a dealer in the Southwest Florida market for some time, recognizing that it was an ideal market for a growing brand,” said Jonathan Kirby, marketing and sales director of Southport Boats. “We were very pleased to find Trapper Custom Marine and knew fairly quickly that they had the right mix of service, sales, outfitting and their focus on 100 percent customer satisfaction falls right in line with our brand.”

Added Neil Travis, “We are very happy to be representing Southport. We knew the brand because of their reputation for quality. When we were given the opportunity to sign on, we jumped at the chance. “My brother and I immediately recognized that the Southport product fits our customers extremely well, and Southport’s commitment to customer service is in-line with our goals. We are very excited to build this brand in Marco Island and Naples.”

Hampton adds Seattle Yachts

Hampton Yachts, which makes long-range cruisers, has named Seattle Yachts as its Hampton dealer for the U.S. east coast. Seattle Yachts has brokerage offices in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and South Florida.

“Hampton Yachts and the Endurance model line will make a great addition to our already strong new boat offerings,” Peter Whiting, managing partner of Seattle Yachts, said in a statement. “Our niche has become the luxury cruising market.”

Added Jeff Chen, managing director of Hampton Yachts, “The Hampton Yacht Group of Florida is excited about the new cooperation with Seattle Yachts. (They) have an excellent support team and marketing presence alongside an impressive list of premium boat brands. Everyone is thrilled to now have new opportunities to offer our mutual clients.”

Grande Yachts International new Sunseeker Dealer

Sunseeker USA Sales Co. Inc. has signed Grande Yachts International, a subsidiary of OneWater Marine, as an authorized dealer.

The dealership will service clients in Boston, Chesapeake Bay, Florida excluding Miami and Monroe County and many southern States.

“I am delighted to welcome OneWater Marine to the Sunseeker family along with its subsidiary retail brands including Grande Yachts International,” Sean Robertson, president of Sunseeker USA Sales Co. Inc., said in a statement. “We continue to invest in our distributor network throughout the region to ensure the delivery of our world-class sales and customer service. This announcement is coupled with a major new product development plan for Sunseeker which will see the range double in size to 22 models over the next three years.”

Anthony Aisquith, chief operating officer at OneWater, said the company is excited to represent Sunseeker. “Our best in class dealerships are committed to exemplary customer service, which, combined with the incredible Sunseeker range, will provide immense interest from our discerning clientele.”

Centurion Boats partners with Upstate Marine

Towsports-boat manufacturer Centurion Boats has teamed with South Carolina dealer Upstate Marine. In a statement, Centurion said Upstate Marine “was a clear match for Centurion as they strive to provide a red-carpet buying experience that’s consistent with the high-performance product that’s delivered.”


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