Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Hornet Marine, Bay Breeze Yacht Charters and Sailing School and Raymarine.

Hornet Marine announced that Garden State Yacht Sales is the latest dealer to sign with the brand.

Located on the Manasquan River in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Garden State Yacht Sales will carry the Hornet 17, the builder’s customizable 17-foot sport runabout. The dealer operates the largest independent marine store in New Jersey, along with two showrooms, a full service department and marina facilities.

“We are excited for the Hornet 17’s debut at Garden State Yacht Sales, where we know it will be well received by the local boaters,” Hornet Marine factory sales manager Jason Bolas said in a statement. “We were impressed by the dealership’s many years of experience in the marine industry, combined with a dedication to superb customer service.”

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Bay Breeze Yacht Charters and Sailing School is the new Michigan dealer for Gemini Catamarans and will offer the line of cruising catamarans for sale and for charter.

“Catamarans have increased in popularity all over the world, and we are excited to introduce the Gemini catamarans to the Great Lakes sailor,” Bay Breeze owner Dave Conrad said in a statement. “People love cats because they sail level and stable and have outstanding accommodations. Geminis are unique because they are one of the few cruising catamarans that can fit in a standard boat slip and can be trucked overland for delivery.”

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Raymarine announced that Bethel Marine Electronics was named its 2011 Premier Dealer of the Year.

A Raymarine dealer for 32 years, Rockledge, Fla.-based Bethel was selected for its commitment to customer care, after-sales support and excellence in new product promotion, particularly the launch of Raymarine’s new e7 MFD, i70 instrument and p70 autopilot.

“I am very excited to recognize a partner that shares Raymarine’s commitment to innovation, quality and trust,” Raymarine vice president of sales Larry Rencken said in a statement. “Bethel’s leadership in sales, marketing and customer support is best-in-class, and we are pleased to congratulate them on this award and thank them for their partnership, hard work and support.”

Raymarine also recognized Custom Marine Installation, of Lindenhurst, N.Y., with its Manager’s Choice Award. CMI was recognized for excellence in customer support, marketing and overall growth in sales.


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The award recognizes “an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians.”

P.R. Firm Rushton Gregory Signs ePropulsion

The Chinese manufacturer of electric propulsion products introduced a standardized lineup earlier this year.

Dometic Updates Pro-Trim System

The new design allows boaters to trim the outboard and adjust the jack plate without removing their hands from the wheel.

Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Through the alliance, Brunswick aims to enhance its autonomous technology offerings.

Nicole Vasilaros to Depart NMMA

The group credits the senior vice president of government and legal affairs for “countless contributions to the protection and expansion of the recreational boating industry.”

Site Unseen

A website is often the first interaction a customer will have with a dealership, but it must provide more than an online brochure or they will click elsewhere.

C.G. Amends Documentation Rules

Federally documenting a boat now must be done every five years, rather than annually.

The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.