Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Prestige Yachts, Hornet Marine, J&D Acquisitions, Mist-er-Comfort, Schaefer Marine and WindRider.

Prestige Yachts announced that Spring Brook Marina, on the Illinois River in Seneca, Ill., will be its exclusive dealer in the Great Lakes region.

“I know I speak for everyone here at Spring Brook when I say how excited we are to have a great new partner in Prestige Yachts. Prestige is a high-quality builder that is continually bringing innovation to the boating world,” Spring Brook president Jim Thorpe said in a statement. “We can’t wait to share these boats with our friends and customers here in the Great Lakes, beginning with the Chicago Boat Show from Jan. 12-16, where we’ll have the Prestige 440S on display.”

Owned and operated by the Thorpe family, Spring Brook has sold and serviced boats throughout the Great Lakes since 1961.

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Hornet Marine, a builder of customizable 17-foot powerboats, appointed Marine Industry Advisors as its latest sales representation.

Led by Chris Luftkin, Marine Industry Advisors will be covering Hornet’s dealer territories in the northeast United States.

“I look forward to working with Mr. Luftkin as our outside sales rep for the Northeast. He comes with years of impressive experience and shares the same professionalism and passion for the boating industry that we pride ourselves on at Hornet Marine,” Hornet Marine factory sales manager Jason Bolas said in a statement.

Hornet will continue to expand its dealer network this year. For information on becoming a Hornet dealer, contact Bolas at (860) 516-3141 or

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In a recent letter to dealers, J&D Acquisitions chairman Irwin Jacobs said, “I can honestly say I feel the best I have in several years that we’re finally beginning to see several positive sales trends and interest once again from the recreational boat-buying consumer, not only in the U.S., but in several other international boating markets where we do business around the world.”

Larson, he said, has retooled 22 new models, including three new Cabrio Cruisers, in the last 18 months. “Marquis and Carver Yacht companies also have been very aggressive in designing and engineering several brand new models in just the past 18 months, including the unveiling of our new 63-foot Marquis Sport Bridge that will take place at the Miami Boat Show in February 2012.

“Additionally, my partner, John Paul Dejoria, and I recently agreed to make $25 million of cash available to support our dealers in helping them to support and secure floorplan financing,” he added. “This program has been a huge success and very much appreciated by those dealers, who we believe are deserving of our financial support in these challenging times.

“I want to thank you and your entire organization for the trust, loyalty and business you’ve blessed us with, and we’re looking forward to the beginning of new, positive and upward sales trends in the recreational boating industry, which we believe will substantially benefit our dealers and companies in 2012,” Jacobs added.

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Marine misting systems manufacturer Mist-er-Comfort Inc. appointed West-Line Marine Sales to represent the company’s product line in the Western states.

Based in Portland, Ore., West-Line has represented manufacturers to marine OEMs, distributors and dealers for more than 35 years.

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Schaefer Marine Inc. announced that Sea-Sure Ltd. was named sole distributor for Schaefer products in the United Kingdom, including Schaefer Hardware, Tuff Luff, Battslide and Schaefer Jib Furling systems.

“During the past year we have worked closely with Sea-Sure as a United States distributor for their products. We are excited to build on the synergies of both companies, as we complement each other well in our range of products. Our ability to have product on the ground and ready to serve the U.K. market is more critical now than at any other time,” Schaefer director of sales and marketing Steve Majkut said in a statement.

Located in New Bedford, Mass., Schaefer is a leader in marine hardware, jib furlers and more. Schaefer also distributes Sea-Sure products and Hawk Marine products in the United States.

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WindRider recently added dealers in three new countries for its sailing trimarans.

Thailand, France and the United Kingdom will have new WindRiders in 2012.

“Forty-four percent of our boats sold in 2011 were exported,” company president Dean Sanberg said in a statement. “While the U.S. economy is very challenging for new boat sales, exposing the WindRider in new international markets has allowed us to grow significantly. We expect more than half our sales in 2012 to originate overseas.”

A container of WindRiders is en route to Thailand, and new representation with multihull specialists in France and in the United Kingdom will generate spring and summer shipments to these markets, which have active sailing communities, the company added.


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