Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Harbortown Marine in Ohio and Centurion Boats.

Harbortown Marine recently received an award from the Chamber of Commerce in Vermilion, Ohio, for expanding and remodeling its growing retail business during the company’s 20th year in business.

Its indoor square footage increased from 2,500 to 3,665, plus an area for service work and boat storage and an additional storage building for extra stock, according to the Vermilion Online News.

Owners Russ and Jody Imars attribute their growth to customer service, competitive pricing, a strong service department and product selection. They have enjoyed record sales year after year, even throughout the economic downturn.

“We want our customers to get the right item, at a good price, every day,” Jody Imars told the publication. “We don’t upsell, we ask questions and offer suggestions based on our customers’ needs, even if it means selling something that’s less expensive. Our focus is our reputation, keeping our customers happy and coming back, not the fast buck.”

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Centurion Boats announced the appointment of four Tracker Boating Center locations in Minnesota and North Dakota as its newest dealers.

Located in Brainerd, Shakopee and Forest Lake, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., the dealerships are positioned to help the California-based water sports towboat builder reach customers in the region.

Tracker Boating Center has 70 locations nationally, 56 of them inside Bass Pro Shops retail stores.

“We are pleased to be associated with Centurion as a high-quality watersports towboat,” Wayne Stokes, director of boat operations for Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boating Center, said in a statement. “Water sports are a popular piece of the outdoor experience. It’s a great opportunity for us to be in the towboat business and we are looking forward to serving new customers.”

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Quick Hits: March 3, 2021

RBFF’s Take Me Fishing campaign offers embeddable fishing and boating map

MAN Achieves Emissions Certifications

The engine manufacturer, which also announced an extension of its supply partnership with the Ferretti Group, now meets major emissions standards worldwide.

In-Person Palm Beach Show Approved

The city of West Palm Beach OK’d the permit for the four-day show, which opens March 25 with a host of safety precautions.

Distributor Expands ePropulsion Sales Territory

Mack Boring will now offer ePropulsion’s electric outboards in the entire North American and Central American markets.

Registration Still Open for NMMA Webinar

The March 4 State of the Industry webinar includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Rollick Secures $8.5 million in Funding

The market strategists said Web traffic in the third quarter of 2020 was up 245 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Time to Cry Foul Over Erie Canal Changes

An act has been introduced in the waning days of New York’s annual budget process that allows no opportunity for public input.