Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Regal Marine, Marquis Yachts, AB Inflatables USA, Autotether, Spencer Ship Monaco, GOST and the Viking Yacht Co.

Regal Marine announced that Centerpointe Yacht Services is offering the complete line of Regal’s sport yachts and express cruisers.

Centerpointe is the new company that was formed by the merger of Harborside Yacht Center and Centerpointe Marina.

Centerpointe has two locations that will be selling and servicing Regal yachts and cruisers. The main operation in Milwaukee was acquired by Harborside in 1995. In 2004, Harborside established a new operation in Kenosha, Wis., at Southport Marina.

“With two locations to serve most of Lake Michigan and their obsession for superior customer satisfaction, Centerpointe represented an outstanding opportunity for Regal Sport Yachts in this pre-eminent region,” Regal president and CEO Duane Kuck said in a statement. “Centerpointe’s long-term commitment to their customers and their remarkable facilities is what drove us to pursue this partnership. We are exceptionally proud to be associated with this outstanding dealership.”

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Marquis Yachts LLC announced a new long-term partnership agreement with Marine Sales of Pickwick, which will serve Tennessee and Mississippi as the area’s authorized Marquis Yachts dealer and act as the new flagship for the brand in the region.

“We are pleased to have Marine Sales of Pickwick as a dealer for the Marquis brand,” Marquis 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, with their dedicated team of sales professionals, marinas and service facilities.”

Marine Sales of Pickwick was founded in 1974 as a full-service dealership. Its customer base extends throughout the Mississippi River basin to include all of north Mississippi, north Alabama and west Tennessee.

“We are committed to selling the absolute highest quality of yachts and are excited about the opportunity to represent Marquis Yachts throughout our entire organization,” Marine Sales of Pickwick general manager Ron Martin said. “There is no doubt that the Marquis brand has emerged as industry leader in quality and craftsmanship. Their new aggressive product and market development strategies will position our company for continued advancement and success.”

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AB Inflatables USA, exclusive importer and distributor of AB Inflatables, added dealerships in North America.

They are:

• Donovan's Shady Harbor in New Baltimore, N.Y.

• Drake Marine in South San Francisco

• Mystic River Boathouse in the Noank section of Groton, Conn.

The company said demand for AB Inflatables is up more than 30 percent from last season.

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Wireless kill-switch manufacturer Autotether appointed Scan Marine DK to distribute its products in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Based in Copenhagen, Scan Marine DK is a leading distributor of marine safety and communications products throughout Scandinavia.

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Spencer Ship Monaco signed a new agreement with KCS International, the parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts.

Spencer Ship will oversee the development and expansion of the KCS international dealer network in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean from its home office in Monaco and Spencer Ship’s recently established U.S. office in New Jersey.

Spencer Ship was established in France more than 25 years ago by Craig Harvey, and it is the international factory sales office for Azure, Cruisers Yachts, Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, Ocean Yachts, Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Jupiter Marine.

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At the opening of the 2012 Rio Boat Show in Rio de Janeiro today, GOST (formerly Paradox Marine) announced the launch of GOST Brazil to distribute its marine security, monitoring, surveillance and vessel-tracking systems across the country.

Based in Rio de Janeiro, GOST Brazil is headed by technical director Marco Antonio, and Tadeu Cesare, marketing director of Global Security Network, which has 12 locations.

GOST products and services include the GOST Phantom Wireless Security and Monitoring System, GOST Watch HD and the GOST Nav-Tracker 4th Generation GPS Satellite Tracking and Website.

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The Viking Yacht Co. announced that Stan Miller Yachts of California was appointed its newest dealer.

“We are thrilled to have the Buettners and their team become a significant addition to the Viking family. Their knowledge of boatbuilding, customer service, cruising, fishing and the West Coast yachting culture will be a tremendous benefit to growth for both of our companies,” Viking executive vice president Patrick Healey said in a statement. “I look forward to building new Vikings for the clients of Stan Miller Yachts that will showcase the quality and reputation that my family and our 850 shipwrights dedicate to our philosophy to build a better boat every day.”

Like Viking, Stan Miller Yachts is a debt-free, family-owned-and-operated company. An avid sportfisherman, John Buettner purchased equity in the company in 1983 from founder Stan Miller after joining the organization in the 1970s and heading the sales department. Brad Buettner, John’s brother, joined the company in 1984 and serves as chief executive officer.

With locations in Long Beach, Newport Beach and San Diego, the Stan Miller Yachts organization covers a substantial amount of the waterfront and will expose Viking’s quality and tournament fishing potential to new markets from Alaska to Mexico.

“We are excited to be adding Viking Yachts to our product lineup,” CEO Brad Buettner said in a statement. “John and I, along with the entire Stan Miller Yachts team, look forward to representing Viking and serving our customer needs for decades to come.”


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.