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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Mercury Marine and Harvey Westbury Corp.

Mercury Marine added 13 dealers to its North American dealer network in February:

• Accutech Marine Propeller in Dover, N.H.

• Calusa Certified Marine in Cape Coral, Fla.

• Freedom Outdoors in St. Marys, Ohio

• Jones Bros. Marine in Centerview, Mo.

• Lake Norman Power Sports in Cornelius, N.C.

• Loiselle Sports Gatineau in Gatineau, Quebec

• Midsouth Marine Group in Richland Hills, Texas

• Near North Recreation in McDougall, Ontario

• Nextgen Watersports in Clear Lake, Wis.

• Schronce Powersports in Taylorsville, N.C.

• Vienna Marine in Vienna, Mo.

• Wieda's Marine in Alexandria, Ky.

• Woodland Marine Sales & Service in Devils Lake, N.D.

“We appreciate that these dealers have chosen to align with Mercury, the world’s leading producer of reliable, intuitively designed marine propulsion products and accessories,” Randy Caruana, Mercury sales and marketing vice president, said in a statement. “We are also pleased to have these dealers join us in providing the best sales, service and customer support in the industry.”

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Marine aftermarket accessories provider Harvey Westbury Corp. said West Marine will sell the company's Garry's Royal Satin marine waxes and cleansers through its website and national catalog.

Previously, Harvey Westbury's products were carried at West Marine retail stores solely in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The largest boating supply retailer in the United States has now agreed to nationally warehouse Garry's Royal Satin Marine & RV One-Step Cream Paste and Liquid Cleaner/Waxes so that any of its retail stores across the country can order the products upon customer request.

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Volvo Penta Reports Q4, FY22 Results

Net sales of $470 million for the quarter were a 33% increase compared to the prior year period.


DEALERS: Are You Improving the Service Experience?

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks this and other questions about your dealership. Take the survey here.


NMRA Sets Scholarship Deadline

Students pursuing education in the marine trades can apply for the National Marine Representatives Association awards until April 1.


Marine Products Reports Record Q4

The builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats reported net sales were up 42% for the quarter and 28% for fiscal year 2022.


Shurhold Appoints COO

Forrest Ferrari has years of management, business development, IT and quality-assurance experience.


RBFF, Pure Fishing Partner for a First Catch Center

Pure Fishing will equip a mobile trailer with tackle and gear to bring fishing experiences to areas of South Carolina where participation is low.


An Oft-Overlooked Sales Opportunity

A recent report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation showed that women comprise 37% of all anglers. If you haven’t tapped this segment, you’re missing out.

1. 2023 new boat retail outlook

Too Many High-Priced Boats

To wrap up 2022, marine retailers reported lower demand, expressed more negative sentiment and voiced concerns about rising inventory. Boat prices and the economy remained top of mind for dealers in December.

Soundings Nov 2022

New-Boat Registrations Continue to Slide

As the gaudy sales figures from the pandemic continue to return to more realistic numbers, the main segments of the recreational boating industry saw new-model registrations of 4,421 in November, a 30.3% drop from 6,340 during the same time in 2021. .