Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from the Sea-Alliance Group, Star brite, Cobalt Boats, Cannons Marina, Scout Boats, Seagate Marine Sales and Sea-Fire.

Sea-Alliance Group is now an official dealer of Nautique Boats and will represent the line in northern Cyprus.

“We are delighted to appoint Sea-Alliance Group as an international dealer of Nautique Boats. So many more people around the world now have an opportunity to experience the Nautique lifestyle and we are excited about welcoming them to the Nautique family,” Nautique president/CEO Bill Yeargin said in a statement.

Sea-Alliance Group’s office in northern Cyprus is based at Karpaz Gate Marina, a new luxury marina that opened earlier this year.

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Star brite named Marathon Leisure Ltd. as an additional distributor throughout the U.K.

Marathon joins Navimo Group and UniPart as distributors of the entire Star brite line of marine products, which includes cleaners, polishes, motor oils and brushes, and Star Tron enzyme fuel treatment for gasoline and diesel fuel.

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Twenty-one percent of the dealerships that comprise the 2011 Boating Industrymagazine Top 100 represent Cobalt Boats, the boatbuilder said.

“Our dealers complete the familial nature of Cobalt ownership,” CEO Paxson St. Clair said in a statement. “In the care they give their customers, they continue the professionalism, the individual integrity of our boatbuilders here in Neodesha. Together we’re showing a new generation of owners the unmistakable value of a well-made boat supported by a knowledgeable, committed dealer.”

Following are the dealers that made the list: No. 3, Gordy’s Lakefront Marine Inc., Fontana, Wis.; No. 6, Parks Marina, Okoboji, Iowa; No. 7, Strong’s Marine LLC, Mattituck, N.Y; No. 10, Singleton Marine Group, Dadeville, Ala.; No. 13, Seattle Boat Co., Seattle; No. 16, Legendary Marine, Destin, Fla.; No. 25, Action Water Sports, Hudsonville, Mich.; No. 29, Rayburn’s Marine World Ltd., Kelowna, British Columbia; No. 37, Paris Marine Ltd., Peterborough, Ontario; No. 43, Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, Ala.; No. 47, Boat Town Inc., Austin, Texas ; No. 49, The Boat Shop, Tafton, Pa.; No. 55, Lodder’s Marine Sales, Fairfield, Ohio; No. 56, Hoffmaster’s Marina Inc., Woodbridge, Va.; No. 61, Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, Conn.; No. 62, Hardin Marine Arrowhead, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.; No. 71, Causeway Marine, Manahawkin, N.J.; No. 87, Clear Lake Boats, Clear Lake, Iowa; No. 94, Marine Sales of Pickwick, Counce, Tenn.; No. 96, Cleveland Boat Center, Cleveland, Tenn.; and No. 98, Dri-Port Marine, O'Fallon, Mo.

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Cannons Marina achieved Marine Five Star Dealership Certification, the dealership announced.

The certification is an industry standards program developed in a cooperative effort by boatbuilders, dealers and engine builders as part of an effort to develop programs focused on delivering an excellent boating experience.

The program provides dealers with a set of criteria designed to create continuous improvement across all departments and, in turn, develop processes for meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

Compliance requires verification by an independent program consultant, and dealers are re-evaluated every year to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements for certification.

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Scout Boats said it signed two new dealers at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show: Max Marine Corp. in Cancun, Mexico, and Ron Hoover Marine in La Marque, Texas.

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

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Seagate Marine Sales in Stuart, Fla., is a new dealer for Ranger Tugs in South Florida.

Seagate specializes in trailerable boats, and Ranger Tugs is the first line of trawlers that will complement its EdgeWater and Parker powerboats, which are traditionally used for fishing and high-speed cruising.

“Ranger Tugs are in high demand. We talked with numerous buyers at the boat shows this fall that are eager to know when they could take delivery of their own tug,” Seagate Marine owner Cal Gaston said in a statement. “The boats are ideal for shallow Florida waters, but also have the range to let owners go off and explore as long as they like. We’re excited to have the Ranger Tugs line as part of our repertoire.”

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Sea-Fire appointed Ocean Safety Ltd. as its new U.K. distributor.

“We are delighted to partner with Ocean Safety,” Richard Duckworth, Sea-Fire business development manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said in a statement. “They bring a wealth of experience and contacts in the recreational and commercial marine industries.”

Ocean Safety has grown rapidly to serve a diverse range of customers, including ship and superyacht builders, racing and cruising yachts and military craft. High stock levels are maintained at facilities in Southampton and Devon, England, and Inverclyde, Scotland.


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Future Sales Focal Point

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