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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Beneteau, Wilks, Tigé Boats and Everglades.

Beneteau added Cape Yachts, which has three locations in the Northeast, to the growing list of dealers representing its powerboats division.

“An important goal of the Beneteau powerboats division is to establish the most knowledgeable and customer-focused dealer network possible throughout North America. We are proud to add Cape Yachts to our distinguished team of dealers representing us in the Northeast,” Laurent Fabre, vice president of sales and marketing for Beneteau’s North American powerboats division, said in a statement.

Although Beneteau has been building powerboats for more than 120 years, these ranges were only introduced to the North American market within the past year.

Founded in 1986, Cape Yachts is based at South Wharf Yacht Yard in South Dartmouth, Mass., and has locations in Connecticut and New York.

“Cape Yachts has proudly represented the Beneteau sailboats division since 1989,” founder Dave Nolan said in a statement. “Our team of brokers are unique in their drive, extensive construction knowledge, customer service and in-depth understanding of the market.”

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The British firm Wilks struck a deal to distribute its recyclable PVC boat decking product throughout America and Canada.

Dek-King, which offers boatbuilders and restorers a low-maintenance alternative to traditional teak decking, will be distributed by Dek-King USA and Dek-King North America, along with Wilks’ range of boat fendering products.

“The North American market is the biggest in the world, and so we are delighted that we have formed this partnership with Dek-King USA and Dek-King North America,” Wilks joint managing director Chris Berry said in a statement. “Wilks now has distributors in all the major markets around the world, including Mauritius, Dubai, Kuwait, India, Sri Lanka, Russia and Australia, as well as many European countries.”

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Tigé Boats announced that Airport Marine joined its dealership network.

Located in Alabaster, Ala., Airport Marine serves counties in mid-Alabama, covering Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Jordan Lake, Mitchell Lake, Lay Lake and Martin Lake. It will offer the full range of Tigé models and provide full servicing facilities to local Tigé owners.

Airport Marine is a family-owned dealership.

“Everyone at the dealership is extremely impressed with the Tigé product, and we are excited to add this versatile watersports boat to our showroom,” dealership owner Linda Hollis said in a statement.

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Everglades Boats added three dealers to its network: White Water Marine of Sayville, N.Y.; Annapolis Boat Sales of Chester, Md.; and Boater’s Exchange of Rockledge, Fla.

“We are always excited to bring Everglades into new markets, and these three partnerships extend our coverage in several great recreational boating areas,” Everglades vice president of sales and marketing Bryan Harris said in a statement.

Founded in 1999 by the Dougherty family, Everglades is a leading builder of luxury family fishing boats.



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Gulf Craft Broadens Lineup

The Middle Eastern builder debuted its Majesty 72 and Silvercraft WA models at the Abu Dhabi Boat Show last week.


Vision Marine Announces Battery Partnership

The production contract includes an initial purchase of 240 batteries from French manufacturer Negoy that will be used in 120 of Vision’s complete propulsion systems.


FAF Brings New Anglers into the Fold

The nonprofit organization will leverage Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29 to raise funds for its grassroots fishing and boating participation efforts.


Naos Yachts Plans New Offices

The San Francisco Bay area location will expand the dealer’s midcoast footprint and help grow its Groupe Beneteau, Lagoon, Neel, CNB Yachts, Four Winns and Wellcraft brands.


Trade Only Today Returns Monday

The e-newsletter will not publish Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.