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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Jeppesen, South Jersey Yacht Sales, Hornet Marine and South Coast Yachts.

Jeppesen announced that Payne's Marine Group, a leading marine electronics distributor based in Victoria, British Columbia, was named 2010 North American Distributor of the Year.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Payne's was honored as Jeppesen's top distributor of C-MAP by Jeppesen electronic charts and accessories for all of North America.

Glenn Butt, Jeppesen's Canadian regional sales manager, presented the award to Grant Kuebler, president of Payne's Marine Group, at the 2011 Toronto International Boat Show.

"The Payne's team has been able to adjust to the lagging economy and has been able to see growth in several key product lines - including C-MAP by Jeppesen cartography and Standard Horizon navigation and communications electronics," Butt said in a statement. "Payne's continues to work closely with marine dealers to offer incentives and pricing that help maintain sales. This strong working relationship with dealers has allowed Payne's to remain the No. 1 C-MAP by Jeppesen distributor for the fourth year in a row."

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South Jersey Yacht Sales added the Jupiter and Yellowfin lines to its family of sportfishing boats and yachts.

"We've been looking to expand our offerings to this sector of our market. Both Jupiter and Yellowfin make outstanding products and, though they are similar boats in style, they each offer our customers something different in the way of options, layouts and purpose," manager Lou Piergross said in a statement.

"They'll be the perfect complement to our Albemarle, Ocean and Viking Yacht dealerships in Cape May and Point Pleasant, N.J.," he added.

South Jersey will be showing a Jupiter 29 and a 36 Yellowfin at the Atlantic City Boat Show, which runs Feb. 2-6.

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Hornet Marine added Marine Center of Indiana, in Indianapolis, to its growing dealer network.

"We look forward to working with Hornet Marine to help introduce their new and exciting product to the public," Marine Center owner Mike Hoffman said in a statement. "The Hornet 17 is a great addition to our product line and we feel it will be a big hit with the large boating community we cater to throughout the Midwest."

The dealership plans to debut the Hornet 17 at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, which runs Feb. 18-27.

Hornet Marine plans to continue expanding its dealer network this year. For information about becoming a Hornet Marine dealer, contact Jason Bolas at (860) 516-3141 or jayb@hornetmarine.com.

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South Coast Yachts of San Diego is the new dealer for W.D. Shock's Harbor 20, 25 and new 30-foot daysailers and small cruisers.

The new lines will round out South Coast's sailboat offerings. The dealership is a platinum-level Beneteau dealer for Beneteau sailboats in the 30- to 60-foot range, as well as newer-quality brokerage vessels.

"We were looking for a high-quality, 20- to 30-foot, simple, elegant daysailer, and the bonus is that the Schock boats are built right here in Southern California. We've always respected the reputation of Schock boats and are very excited to introduce their Harbor 20 and 25-foot models in flag blue and stars and stripes blue to the San Diego sailing community," dealership president Barrett Canfield said in a statement.

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