Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Breakwater Marine, Carver Yachts, Westerbeke Corp. and Raymarine.

Breakwater Marine is the newest dealer to join aluminum-boat builder Jetcraft’s network.

Breakwater Marine, with locations in Everett and Ferndale, Wash., will specialize in models from 16 to 20 feet, including the new Jetcraft 2025 Discovery.

“Our constantly-expanding dealer network is a direct reflection of our growing market share in North America,” Todd Harris, Jetcraft business manager, said in a statement. “Having a new dealer of the caliber of Breakwater Marine reinforces the message to boaters and anglers that Jetcraft and its dealer partners represent the very best in the marine industry today.”

WestWinn Group is the builder of Jetcraft and Kingfisher boats.

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Carver Yachts announced today a long-term partnership with Breakwater Marine, which now serves as its authorized dealer representative servicing the Pacific Northwest market.

“We are proud to confirm a strong partnership for a very important market for Carver Yachts,” Carver vice president of sales and marketing Erik Nelson said in a statement. “This is an extremely dedicated organization committed to providing extraordinary service to all their customers. Their reputation speaks for itself in this region, and the dedicated team of sales and service professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest will provide an unmatched network of support and information for all our customers in this market.”

Breakwater will be showcasing new Carver models, including the 54 Voyager and 44 Sojourn, Jan. 27-Feb. 5 at the Seattle Boat Show.

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Westerbeke Corp. appointed Advance Yacht Systems as a master distributor for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

AYS specializes in engines, generators, inverters/chargers, electrical power management, air conditioning and watermakers.

“As keen sailors, both bluewater cruising and racing, the AYS staff brings an enthusiasm to the marine industry, providing the customer satisfaction they would expect themselves,” Westerbeke said in a statement. “Westerbeke is pleased to be a part of this endeavor.”

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Raymarine presented 2011 awards at this year’s annual Raymarine U.K. and Ireland dealer conference.

Aztec Marine, of Southampton, was awarded the U.K. Service Dealer of the Year Award, while TCS Chandlery, of Essex, was awarded the U.K. Retail Centre of the Year Award.

"It's a difficult market at the moment, and it has given my team a real boost to be recognized for all the hard work they're doing,” Aztec’s David Freeman 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.