Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Erwin Marine Sales, Cruisers Yachts, Skipper Bud's, OceanView Technologies and Marine Emergency Response Group.

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Sea Ray dealer Erwin Marine Sales was awarded Brunswick Corp.'s status of Certified Brunswick Ambassador Dealer.

The dealer certification program is the most comprehensive independent dealer certification program in the marine industry, according to Brunswick.

"We have a long history of serving our customers' passion for boating by consistently exceeding expectations," Erwin owner Kayo Erwin said in a statement. "Qualifying for Brunswick's leading dealer certification program confirms our ongoing commitment to serve our customers at the highest level."

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Cruisers Yachts announced a partnership with SkipperBud's, which is Wisconsin's largest dealer network.

The relationship, which began Nov. 15, will include SkipperBud's dealerships throughout Wisconsin.

"This is an exciting time for Cruisers Yachts and Wisconsin boating enthusiasts," said Mark Pedersen, president of Cruisers Yachts. "SkipperBud's is truly the most recognized marina and dealer name in the Midwest. I think this partnership sends a strong message that two Wisconsin companies have joined forces to offer our clients quality yachts with premium service."

Both companies employ more than 300 people and tout more than 50 years of service. This year Cruisers Yachts brought back 200 employees, unveiled a new factory showroom at the company's Oconto, Wis., headquarters and introduced the 48 Cantius Sports Coupe at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

In other Cruisers Yachts news, the company recently updated its website, which includes images of the new 48 Cantius Sports Coupe, factory showroom and animation.

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After completing a deal to put OceanView Technologies' night-vision cameras on a Jacksonville Fire Department fireboat in Florida, the Marine Emergency Response Group signed on to be the company's new sales representative.

The group will cover OceanView's entire night-vision camera range in the North American commercial and first-responder markets.

"With the deal with Jacksonville Fire Department under their belt, this relationship has already proven valuable and we're excited for the future," said OceanView CEO Mike Bader.

Marine Emergency Response Group is owned and operated by a team of Coast Guard-licensed captains, each providing years of experience in maritime and fire and rescue operations. It focuses on preparing emergency responders with the skills to handle situations presented during crises and normal daily vessel operations.

OceanView is a leader in maritime multisensor night-vision camera manufac


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