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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Shearwater Marine, Shakespeare, Sealegs and Northrop and Johnson.

Shearwater Marine, a division of Whiticar Boat Works, was selected by Mastry Engine Center as a Yanmar industrial engine dealer for the Treasure Coast (Fla.) region.

Shearwater has been a Yanmar dealer since 2002.

“One hundred years ago Yanmar, a family-owned business, established themselves as a leading engine maker, and today they have revolutionized the concept of reliable and efficient diesel engines worldwide,” Whiticar Boat Works president Jim Dragseth said in a statement. “Our customers are able to count on our family-owned business because of our long tradition of quality service in Stuart and throughout the Treasure Coast.”

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Shakespeare appointed Indemar as a new distributor in Italy.

Based in Genoa, the company will carry Shakespeare's complete line of marine antennas and accessories.

“Due to their excellent reputation, Indemar has built an extensive network throughout this dynamic region,” Shakespeare European sales manager Richard Belfrage said in a statement. “We will be well-served by their stocking capability, and our already robust sales efforts will be enhanced."

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Sealegs announced the appointment of three new U.S. dealerships: Irish Boat Shop, Firematic Supply Co. and Churchville Fire Equipment.

The new dealers were signed on the heels of several Sealegs successes: the production of its 600th amphibious boat, the launch of its first international showroom in Hingham, Mass., and continued sales momentum from the Newport International Boat Show.

“Six years ago, amphibious boating was just a dream,” co-founder David McKee-Wright said in a statement. “Since then we have pioneered a new segment in the international marine industry, manufactured our 600th boat and delivered product to over 30 countries.”

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Northrop and Johnson recently appointed two new brokers in Asia.

Bill Barrette, a broker and yacht builder with extensive experience in yacht construction in China, will be based in Phuket for the high season. Daniel Vorhees, another American broker with extensive experience in running his own brokerage, begins in Singapore to further support the expanding market in this region.



NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.


Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.


Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.


Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.


NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.


DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.


EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.


Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.