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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Mares International Catamarans, Hyundai Seasall and Sea-Fire.

Mares International Catamarans announced Best Boats Náutica as its new dealer in Brazil.

Its first boat will be the new 45-foot power catamaran powered by 575 Caterpillars and Zeus drives — a first for Mares’ new line of cats.

“We have a long history with Brazil, and at one time had a factory there. There is tremendous potential, as Brazil is one of the world’s largest growing economies,” the company said in a statement.

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Hyundai Seasall, the Korean marine diesel engine manufacturer, said it appointed WaterMota Romania to represent the brand in that country.

The company is based in the Black Sea port city of Constanta and also represents several other brands of premium engines, including Doosan, Mitsubishi, Craftsman and Lister Petter, as well as Fischer Panda generators.

The company was selected because of its “extensive experience in the diesel engine market, its financial strength and its strategic locations, which will be allow it to supply both engines and after-sales service support to customers on the Black Sea and in the Danube Delta,” according to Hyundai Seasall.

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Sea-Fire appointed ScanMarine DK as its new distributor in Denmark.

Based in Copenhagen, ScanMarine is among the leading suppliers in the rapidly growing safety and security market.

“ScanMarine DK is an excellent addition to our team. They have a great deal of experience and key relationships in the marine market,” Sea-Fire business development manager Richard Duckworth said in a statement.



Marine Products Reports Record Q4

The builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats reported net sales were up 42% for the quarter and 28% for fiscal year 2022.


Shurhold Appoints COO

Forrest Ferrari has years of management, business development, IT and quality-assurance experience.


RBFF, Pure Fishing Partner for a First Catch Center

Pure Fishing will equip a mobile trailer with tackle and gear to bring fishing experiences to areas of South Carolina where participation is low.


An Oft-Overlooked Sales Opportunity

A recent report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation showed that women comprise 37% of all anglers. If you haven’t tapped this segment, you’re missing out.

1. 2023 new boat retail outlook

Too Many High-Priced Boats

To wrap up 2022, marine retailers reported lower demand, expressed more negative sentiment and voiced concerns about rising inventory. Boat prices and the economy remained top of mind for dealers in December.

Soundings Nov 2022

New-Boat Registrations Continue to Slide

As the gaudy sales figures from the pandemic continue to return to more realistic numbers, the main segments of the recreational boating industry saw new-model registrations of 4,421 in November, a 30.3% drop from 6,340 during the same time in 2021. .

1_thumbnail_Darren Vaux Headshet 2022

ICOMIA President Darren Vaux sees common pressures facing worldwide boating industry

Founded in 1966, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations is a global organization composed of national boating federations and other bodies involved in the recreational marine industry. ICOMIA works on such issues as breaking down trade barriers, improving boating safety and promoting recreational boating worldwide.


Clearing the Waterways

In Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it was estimated that there were 6,000 derelict boats in southwest part of the state. In most cases, boat owners don’t know resources are available to remove them because until recently there weren’t many.


A Window on the World

Inflation, supply-chain kinks and the continuing war in Ukraine continue to be serious concerns, but numerous companies with a global presence for exports are reporting optimism at the start of 2023.