Dealers and Distributors


This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Krogen Express Yachts, Fortress Pilings and Vanquish Boats.

Krogen Express Yachts, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Waterline Boats in Seattle reached an agreement in which Waterline will represent Krogen in the Pacific Northwest.

Krogen Express Yachts is pleased to announce it is expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest market by appointing Waterline Boats as our agent,” Krogen managing member John Tegtmeyer said in a statement.

“After years of looking for someone who shares the business qualities that Krogen Express Yachts is built on, I am excited to have found Scott and Lisa Helker. Through their company, Waterline Boats, they, along with their team, have proven to exemplify the integrity, passion and drive that we searched for to assist us in bringing Krogen Express back to the amazing cruising waters of the PNW.”

“Having long admired the quality and refinement of Krogen Express — both the yacht and the business behind the yacht — we are proud and excited to have been selected to represent Krogen Express,” Waterline Boats president Scott Helker said in a statement.

“And we are committed to the passion and the strength of relationships that have defined the Krogen Express ownership experience. Waterline Boats was founded with a specific focus on trawlers and the cruising-under-power lifestyle.”

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Fortress Pilings, a maker of eco-friendly composite piles for marine applications that include docks, piers, boatlifts and seawalls, appointed Decks & Docks Lumber Co. to distribute its product line in Florida.

Decks & Docks supplies Florida residents and contractors with marine construction materials from nine offices across the state.

Fortress Pilings is a sister company of Centek Industries, a maker of composite tubing and related components for marine exhaust systems.

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Rhode Island-based Vanquish Boats added Midwest Chris Craft at The Wharf in Grand Haven, Mich., and The Marina at Lake Gage in Angola, Ind., to its network of dealers.

Both of the dealerships are part of Byrne Marine.

Established in 1953, The Marina at Lake Gage was acquired by Tom Byrne in 2003. He bought the marina with the determination to provide lake residents with an expanded level of service and a selection of high-line boats and watercraft, such as Master Craft, Chris-Craft and now Vanquish.

“While Vanquish brand is born and bred in New England, we have always seen huge opportunity in the gorgeous lakes in the Midwest,” Vanquish Boats president Morgan Huntley said in a statement.

“We are really excited to be working with Tom Byrne and his team. Their mission statement, ‘to provide our customers with exceptional service and products for a lifetime of fun and memories on the water,’ aligns exactly with our dedication to excellence for our customers here at Vanquish.”


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New Initiatives To Push Boating Safety

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