Dealers and Distributors


This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Brownell Trailers, Grand Banks Yachts and Jeppesen.

Hydraulic boat trailer and Rok boat stand manufacturer Brownell Trailers of Fairhaven, Mass., added six new dealers in five states to supply the company’s product lines to marinas and boatyards.

They are:

• Kendrick Equipment, Kent, Wash.

• Harris Equipment Systems, Sarasota, Fla.

• W.E. Johnson, Miami

• Shul-mar, Mechanicsville, Va.

• Martin Walter Co., Norwell, Mass.

• Toyota Materials Handling of Ohio, Cleveland

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Grand Banks Yachts said today that it appointed Bristol Marine as an authorized service center in the Narragansett Bay region and added Bluewater Yachts as an authorized service center in the lower Chesapeake Bay and Outer Banks regions.

Bristol Marine operates two full-service facilities to serve customers in Southern New England. One of the yards is on Bristol Harbor in Rhode Island, and a second larger facility is in Somerset, Mass.

Bluewater operates two full-scale marine facilities. The one in Hampton, Va., offers full service on vessels up to 120 feet; Bluewater’s yard in Wanchese, N.C., services vessels up to 80 feet.

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Marine cartographer Jeppesen recently honored its 2012 Dealer of the Year and 2012 Distributor of the Year.

Jeppesen recognized Stamford, Conn.-based Landfall, one of the largest chart dealers in North America, as dealer of the year because of its dedicated service to marine electronics consumers through its brick-and-mortar storefront and active online/catalog mail order business, the company said.

Payne’s Marine Group was honored as Jeppesen’s distributor of the year at the Vancouver International Boat Show. The distributor is based in Victoria, British Columbia, and has additional offices in Vancouver, Burnaby and Burlington, Ontario.

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NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.