Dealers and Distributors

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.”


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’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 and transmits both 2.4 and 5GHz AP signals for speed and reliability. Gigabit ports provide fast throughput and Wave’s proprietary Graphic User Interface makes it easy to set up and operate.

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.