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.


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 has solutions to keep boats online further from shore using the fastest possible internet connections. 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 including cellular data using the built-in universal SIM card slot and transmits both 2.4 and 5GHz AP signals for speed and reliability. Gigabit ports provide fast throughput and Wave’s proprietary GUI (Graphic User Interface) makes it easy to set up and operate. New Multi Active WAN feature allows you to assign devices to a designated internet source of your choosing. Cameras, door alarms, and other devices can run on cellular while onboard users are connected to other land based hot spots.

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.

Winnebago Posts Record Q4, Fiscal Year

The Chris-Craft and Barletta parent reported full year revenue of $3.6 billion, a 54 percent increase from 2020.