Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Beneteau, Tigé Boats, Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Landfall.

Beneteau announced that South Coast Yacht Sales in San Diego and Anchor Yacht Sales in Port Credit, Ontario, signed on to represent the powerboats division.

“We’re committed to establishing the most knowledgeable, customer-focused dealer network possible throughout North America. Adding South Coast Yachts on the West Coast, along with Anchor Yacht Sales in Canada, to our already distinguished list of powerboat dealers brings us two steps closer to achieving our goal,” Laurent Fabre, vice president of sales and marketing for Beneteau’s North American powerboats division, said in a statement.

Although Beneteau has been building powerboats for more than 120 years, these ranges were introduced to the North American market slightly more than a year ago.

As a Beneteau sailboat dealer, South Coast Yachts earned the Beneteau Certified Platinum Dealer distinction in 2006 and has been awarded the Beneteau USA President's Award for "Top Customer Service" each year ever since. Established in 1991, Anchor Yacht Sales is a full-service dealership near Toronto and is a Beneteau Certified Platinum dealer.

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Abilene, Texas-based Tigé Boats announced that Newfound Boat Shoppe & Marine Supply Inc. in Bristol, N.H., joined the worldwide network of authorized Tigé dealerships.

The dealership is under construction and is slated to be completed in early June. A temporary sales site will be at the location in May. The showroom will display the full range of Tigé models, provide full servicing facilities to owners and house a pro shop.

“A visit to the Tigé Boats manufacturing facility in Abilene proved to me Tigé is the premier watersports line we want to represent for New Hampshire and Boston-area boaters,” Newfound Boat Shoppe owner Matt Hughes said.

Tigé also announced a new presence in northern California. In partnership, California Marine Sports of Suisun/Fairfield and GoldKey Boathouse & Marine Service Center of El Dorado Hills joined the network of authorized Tigé dealerships.

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Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently signed on as an authorized Volvo Penta dealership.

“Volvo Penta, known as a leading 'One-Stop Shop' in the marine industry for engines, drivelines and system solutions, partnering with Jarrett Bay's well equipped facility and highly trained sales and service representatives, has created one of the strongest product programs you will find in the Mid-Atlantic,” Jarrett Bay service manager Jeff Fulcher said in a statement. “As it is, both of our goals [are] to ensure boaters have the best experiences on and off the water. Jarrett Bay looks forward to providing extraordinary opportunities to Volvo Penta customers.”

“Adding a quality organization like Jarrett Bay to our dealer network will help to ensure that those owners will continue to receive the high level of sales support and service they have come to expect,” Volvo Penta of the Americas vice president Ed Monacchio said.

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Chart dealer Landfall was recognized by Jeppesen as its 2011 North American Dealer of the Year.

Stamford, Conn.-based Landfall provides boaters across North America with navigation tools, electronics, paper charts, safety products and boating accessories through its brick-and-mortar store and online/mail order business.

“Since the 1970s Landfall has consistently been one of the larger paper chart chandleries in the world,” Landfall president Capt. Henry Marx said in a statement. “Our diligence in staying current with technological advances in the marketplace is proudly illustrated with this recognition, as it reflects our tradition of promoting navigation excellence and safety by utilizing the latest technologies, techniques and products, such as C-Maps.”


Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.