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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Sea-Fire Marine and AB Inflatables USA.

Adding an international distributor, Sea-Fire Marine said the National Petroleum Services Co. in Kuwait will offer Sea-Fire systems and related products as part of its specialized fire systems and firefighting/fire alarm services.

"Napesco will enable us to further expand our customer base in Kuwait and the surrounding markets," Sea-Fire Europe business development manager Richard Duckworth said in a statement. "Their experience and reputation are a valuable addition to our sales efforts."

Baltimore-based Sea-Fire offers automatic and manual/automatic fire suppression systems.

Napesco, established in 1993, provides a range of services in the oil and gas industries of the Middle East. It was the first Kuwaiti company to receive DNV and Lloyd’s approval as a service supplier for marine vessels for fire alarm/firefighting services.

It is also the only company that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved for the testing and recertification of firefighting and compressed gas cylinders in Kuwait.

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AB Inflatables USA, an importer and distributor to North America for AB inflatable boats, appointed four new dealerships in Florida, Maine, Oregon and Washington.

They are:

• Yachting Solutions, Rockport, Maine

• Inflatable Boats of Florida, Naples

• Northwest Inflatable Boats, Portland, Ore., and Gig Harbor, Wash.

AB Inflatables is based in Barranquilla, Colombia.



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. .