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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Silver Seas Yachts, Southport Boats, Seakeeper and Regal Boats.

Silver Seas Yachts, a West Coast affiliate of Skipper Bud’s, was named an authorized Marquis Yachts representative for California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona.

“We are proud to begin this journey with Silver Seas Yachts in this important market 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. Furthermore, their affiliation with SkipperBud’s, a well-respected family-owned and operated business for more than 46 years in the Midwest and a strong and proven Marquis Yachts dealer, only adds to the level of support that Silver Seas Yachts will be able to provide our deserving Marquis owners.”

Silver Seas has locations in Phoenix, San Diego, Newport Beach, Calif., and the San Francisco Bay area.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Marquis and to represent this premium brand in our new Silver Seas Yachts division in the Southwest and California. The luxury product line that Marquis offers provides the perfect fit for our stores and the markets that we serve,” Silver Seas principal Ross Tefft said in a statement.

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Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group LLC, announced the addition of Navtronics Marine Group, of York, Maine, to the Southport Boats dealer network.

Navtronics will represent the Southport 27- to 29-foot Center Console and Express fishing boats throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

For the last 20 years Navtronics has specialized in the sale and installation of marine electronics. Since 2002, under the direction of company president Tim Greer, the company has diversified its offerings to better serve customers. Merging with Redman Marine Fabricators, and the addition of Navtronics Marine Outfitters, makes Navtronics a source in southern Maine and New Hampshire for tackle and marine supplies, along with marine canvas and marine safety equipment.

“We've built our business by understanding our core customers — people who love the water. People like us. People who appreciate high-end products and deserve exceptional personal service,” Greer said in a statement. “We were not interested in any boat line, but the offshore pedigree and performance of the Southport design, along with the Maine-built quality and craftsmanship, makes Southport Boats a perfect match for our clientele.”

Southport Boats president Ian Kopp added, “Navtronics Marine Group aligns with our business philosophy perfectly. Our Southport dealer partners are all very much focused on a more personal approach to boat sales, offering buyers and owners a full suite of services.”

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Seakeeper recently appointed Crossborder its new sales agent in Japan.

Tokyo-based Crossborder was established in 1997 to import boats and retrofit equipment.

"With a domestic manufacturer here in Japan, the concept of gyros on pleasure boats is growing,” sales representative Terry Suzuki said in a statement. “I am very happy to introduce this fine product to Japan.”

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Regal Boats announced that Archer Auto Marine is now a Regal dealer partner.

Archer was established in 1914 along the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa, by Clark Archer, the present patriarch John Archer’s grandfather.

“We believe in providing a stress-free environment and a carefree boating experience,” John Archer said in a statement. “We think great customer service should be expected. With Archer Auto Marine, you have a friend and trusted adviser in the business.”

Archer is a full-service boat dealer and marine store that features new and used boats, water toys, boat accessories, maintenance and marine services.

“Having such a renowned dealer in southeast Iowa is a real asset for Regal Boats and their owners,” Regal vice president of sales and marketing Duffy Stenger said in a statement. “We work hard to assure that every dealer partner in the worldwide Regal network of premier dealers is focused on the total ownership experience, from sales to service. Archer Auto Marine exemplifies the Regal way.”


Suzuki sponsoring TV show

Mike Frisch, host of Fishing the Midwest television series, announced that Suzuki would be the exclusive outboard motor of the show.

Sea Tow Foundation appoints new directors

The nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation has announced the return of Gail R. Kulp as executive director. Michael Wesolowski, the former executive director, is now the director of external affairs.