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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