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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


Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

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Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.

New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.