Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Denison Yacht Sales, Seattle Yachts, Southport Boats, Hella Marine, Triton Boats and Cruiser Marine.com.

Denison Yacht Sales announced the opening of its first New England location at the Island Cove Marina in Old Saybrook, Conn., where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound.

The new office, led by Todd Schenk, will focus on brokerage and new-boat sales. Schenk has been in the industry for 25 years and brings a domestic and international client base.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Denison Yacht Sales team, a name easily recognizable within the marine industry,” Schenk said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing my many years of experience to Denison and to forging a long and prosperous relationship.”

“Establishing marina offices in strong yachting markets is critical to the long-term growth of Denison, and New England represented the next obvious choice,” added Bob Denison, owner of the business. "Our office in Old Saybrook is closely situated to any major boating destination in New England.”

Denison is a full-service yacht brokerage and yacht charter firm with marina offices in Fort Lauderdale; Marina del Rey, Calif.; San Carlos, Mexico; and Old Saybrook.

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Seattle Yachts was appointed the exclusive dealer of Catalina Yachts for Washington state.

The dealership will carry the full Catalina line from 12 to 47 feet and will have Hull No. 5 of the newly introduced 2012 Catalina 385 at the Seattle Boat Show, which will be held Jan. 27-Feb. 5.

Seattle Yachts is the exclusive Pacific Northwest agent for Northwest Trawlers, Island Gypsy trawlers and motoryachts and Tayana Yachts. It also is the exclusive Pacific Northwest dealer for Caliber long-range cruisers.

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Southport Boats, a division of the Maritime Marine Group, appointed Lauderdale Marina as a premier dealer for the state of Florida as well as the Bahamas and the Caribbean islands.

"We've always looked to partner with the highest-quality boat brands in the business," Lauderdale Marina vice president and general manager Scott Clark said in a statement. “With Southport Boats and their new owners, we feel confident that we've found the right combination of quality and performance, as well as a strong desire to develop a close working relationship between manufacturer and dealer. We're eager to get people to experience some of the best-performing boats in their class and very excited to represent Southport Boats in South Florida and the Caribbean."

Founded in 1948, Lauderdale Marina is a full-service dealership on a 4-acre point lot along the Intracoastal Waterway. The dealership has represented more than 60 boat brands through the years.

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Hella Marine appointed On Board Marine Group Ltd. as its newest distributor.

Based in Hong Kong, On Board Marine Group counts among its clients Asia's leading commercial, cruising powerboat and racing yacht builders, according to Hella.

“Dylan Waterhouse, James Bourke and the team at OBMG are a great distribution partner for Hella Marine. Their knowledge of our products, customer service ethic and enthusiasm for the industry have proven key to their success in the dynamic Asian market,” Hella Marine global manager Jeremy Singleton said in a statement. “OBMG are a specialist marine electrical company offering technical system design, installation and support.”

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Triton Boats has had a busy year, with dealership growth continuing after the relocation of its manufacturing operation to Arkansas, the company announced.

Triton added 11 new dealers in 10 states since mid-October.

“Triton's sales, marketing, customer service and new-product development departments remain in Middle Tennessee, but relocating our entire manufacturing operation was a monumental task that the Triton team handled efficiently and professionally,” founder Earl Bentz said in a statement. “The 140-acre Fishing Holdings complex is a state-of-the-art boatbuilding facility staffed by over 650 skilled craftsmen and women. It gives us a huge sense of accomplishment that the 2012 model Tritons have been leaving the finishing room for quite some time, headed to dealer showrooms across the country.”

Platinum Equity's Fishing Holdings bought Triton from Brunswick Corp. in 2010, and Triton’s manufacturing operation subsequently moved from Ashland City, Tenn., to the Fishing Holdings boatbuilding complex in Flippin, Ark.

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CruiserMarine.com, a website specializing in boating products for cruising boaters, now offers marine misting systems made by Mist-er-Comfort.

“We select products based on our experience from thousands of miles of cruising and talking with hundreds of other cruising boaters. We think the products we offer are particularly useful or just make cruising more fun,” CruiserMarine.com’s Wayne Prichard said in a statement.


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Littelfuse to Acquire Carling Technologies

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

Boat Sales and Fraud

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Wave Wifi MNC1250

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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.