Dealers and Distributors

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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Scout Boats, Teak Marine, Mariner's Choice International and Fischer Panda.

Scout Boats Inc. recently added three dealers to its network, bringing the number of dealers signed in the last year to 27.

The new dealers are Balmar Marine, of New Zealand; Fia Marine, of Abu Dhabi; and Silver Sands Marina, of Gilford, N.H.

“This new expansion to our already successful dealer network will provide convenience for current and future customers, as well as new markets for our company to strengthen our brand,” Scout national/international sales manager Alan Lang said in a statement.

Scout builds sportfishing, fish ‘n ski, walkaround, flats and bayboat models ranging from 15 to 35 feet.

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Esthec signed Teak Marine as distributor for Canada and the U.S. West Coast, the company announced.

“Teak Marine, known for its fine nautical decks and floors, works with builders, refit yards, captains and owners on many of the yachts in the area,” according to a statement. “Esthec is thrilled to have established this partnership for the certainty of excellent application of their revolutionary decking.”

Teak Marine is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, with satellite offices in Bellingham, Wash., and Fort Lauderdale.

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Mariner's Choice International, a North American manufacturer and distributor of ecologically safe products for the marine and other industry segments, said the company signed an agreement with Florida-based EcoElite Industries.

EcoElite will represent Mariner's Choice products in the retail and industrial/commercial sectors. Its network consists of high-level contacts with national retail chains, international companies and organizations.

The pro forma attached to the five-year agreement calls for sales generated by EcoElite of $750,000 within the first year, with an incremental annual increase of $250,000, to reach a cumulative total minimum of $6.25 million by the end of the fifth year.

“We are excited to be working with Mariner's Choice and representing their high-performing, eco-friendly products. We believe that the 'green' movement is strong and see great growth potential whenever you can help replace the use of conventional caustic chemicals with earth-friendly 'green' products that actually work,” EcoElite president and CEO Thomas Irvine said in a statement.

“Mariner's Choice offers a diverse and well-rounded product line, with the capability to develop and add new products as appropriate opportunities and needs arise,” he added. “Their ability to adapt to market conditions is one of the strengths that Mariner's Choice has displayed, and their growth potential is very apparent to us. We are pleased to be part of the team helping propel the company forward."

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Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Fischer Panda has greatly increased its network of dealers and service points for sailors and the owners of yachts and boats in France, the company said.

“We have enhanced the existing network at all major marinas in France. Boat owners with a Fischer Panda generator or propulsion system on board can now call at many harbors in France and can expect Fischer Panda service,” said Wolfgang Fieber, Fischer Panda sales rep for France, in a statement.

New Fischer Panda service points are in Cherbourg and Pordic/Saint Malo (Normandy), Lorient, Brest (Brittany), La Rochelle, Les Sables d'Olonne (West Coast), as well as Cannes, Sête, Port Camargue and Port Saint Louis du Rhône in the south of France.


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