Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Marquis Yachts and Williams Performance Tenders.

Haluk Aytekin, principal of Luka Marine, and Erik Nelson, vice president of Marquis Yachts, finalized an agreement establishing Luka Marine as the authorized Marquis Yachts representative servicing Turkey.

Luka Marine has service and sales locations throughout Turkey and is based in Istanbul on the Sea of Marmara, the waterway linking the Aegean and Black seas and a locale highly regarded as the key yachting thoroughfare for the region.

“We are thrilled that Haluk Aytekin and his staff are representing Marquis Yachts in this very important market,” Nelson said in a statement.

“The Luka organization provides a total commitment and dedication to a positive yachting experience for our customers. There is nothing more important for a unique luxury product, such as Marquis,” he added. “This exceptional level of customer service, supported by a team of highly trained and experienced yachting professionals, will provide an unmatched sales and ownership experience to our customers.”

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Williams Performance Tenders announced the appointment of its first authorized dealer in Fort Lauderdale.

Performance Tenders USA will represent the range of Williams Turbojet and Dieseljet tenders from sales and servicing outlets across the country. The company will operate as the exclusive distributor for the market, working with local dealers in key regional markets to deliver sales and servicing to customers and OEMs.

“We are delighted to have been appointed by Williams Performance Tenders to represent their range across the U.S. We were so impressed with the product quality and performance, as well as the company’s structure and goals, and are looking forward to introducing even more U.S. customers to the world of Williams,” Performance Tenders USA head Brian Muston said in a statement.


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.