Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Rec Boat Holdings and Boston Whaler.

Rec Boat Holdings named Kingston, Ontario-based The Boat Warehouse as its largest Four Winns retailer for the 2011 model year.

The Boat Warehouse, a Four Winns dealer for 18 years, has been awarded the coveted top dealer award multiple times.

“We’re extremely proud to have a prestigious dealership such as The Boat Warehouse in the Four Winns retail network,” Rec Boat Holdings group president Roch Lambert said in a statement. “Dave Mayhew and his team are truly dedicated to our brand and have embraced our new direction with tremendous enthusiasm. They continue to achieve solid retail sales results due to their commitment and sales and service expertise.”

Four Winns dealers were recognized for sales achievement at their recent dealer meeting, held in Cadillac, Mich. The Boat Warehouse serves all of the greater Toronto, Ottawa, Barrie and Peterborough areas with two locations.

“The Boat Warehouse and Four Winns has been a great partnership since beginning our relationship in 1993. Our focus on the Four Winns brand has created excellent support and value to our customers,” Mayhew said in a statement. “Our management, coupled with the newly formed Rec Boat Holdings organization, is a good mix for our business in the future.”

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Boston Whaler’s outstanding dealer network was recognized for its commitment to customer service, grabbing 16 spots on Boating Industrymagazine’s Top 100 Dealers List for 2011, including eight of the top 20 spots.

“Our dealers work very hard and we are extremely proud they have received this recognition,” Boston Whaler president Tim Schiek said in a statement. “These awards are affirmation of the superior service and support our dealers deliver to our customers, day in and day out.”

Boston Whaler dealers on Top 100 Dealers List are:

• Sale & Ski Centers Inc. in Austin, Texas

• Russo Marine in Medford, Mass.

• Port Harbor Marine in South Portland, Maine

• M&P Mercury Sales Ltd. in Burnaby, British Columbia

• Hall Marine Group in Lake Wylie, S.C.

• Lake Union Sea Ray in Seattle

• Hampton Watercraft and Marine in Hampton Bays, N.Y.

• Lynnhaven Marine in Virginia Beach, Va.

• Parker Boat Company Inc. in Orlando, Fla.

• Gage Marine in Williams Bay, Wis.

• B&E Marine Inc. in Michigan City, Ind.

• Town & Country Marine in Lakefield, Ontario

• Traverse Bay Marine Inc. in Traverse City, Mich.

• Marine Center of Las Vegas

• Fisherman’s Boat Group in Miami

• Dockside Marine Center Ltd. in Kelowna, British Columbia


Suntex Acquires Tampa Area Marina

The Marinas at Little Harbor, with slips and drystack storage, is in a resort community that’s being developed in Ruskin, Fla.

Littelfuse to Acquire Carling Technologies

The $315 million transaction is expected to close in the fourth fiscal quarter.

Boat Sales and Fraud

Boat History Report has tracked a 123 percent increase in fraud on the preowned-boat market since the pandemic buying spree began.

Avoid Cutoff Confusion

Dealers should familiarize themselves with a new law requiring engine cutoff switches so they can inform their customers. Meanwhile, a new program puts Ohio youth in kayaks to learn about the importance of the Great Lakes.

Wave Wifi MNC1250

Wave WiFi’s new Dual Band Marine Network Controller with SIM-activated cellular system (MNC1250) distributes fast reliable internet onboard. It can be connected to any internet source and transmits both 2.4 and 5GHz AP signals for speed and reliability. Gigabit ports provide fast throughput and Wave’s proprietary Graphic User Interface makes it easy to set up and operate.

OneWater Acquires T-H Marine

OneWater Marine purchased the Huntsville, Ala.-based P&A provider for around $185 million.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Starfisher

The Portugal-based yard builds powerboats from 25 to 35 feet and was doing subcontracting work for the group.