Dealers and Distributors

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This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Bad Elf and Malibu Boats.

Bad Elf, a manufacturer of Apple-approved accessories that enable the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad to receive real-time GPS data on board via satellite, chose Coatney Sales to represent the company’s product line in Great Lakes and Midwestern states.

Based in Fremont, Ind., Coatney has more than 50 years of combined experience representing manufacturers of marine OEM and aftermarket products.

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Malibu Boats is partnering with Texas Ski Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas, including on-site boat sales and service for Malibu and Axis Wake Research boats.

“We feel that [Texas Ski Ranch] is the best, most advanced cable venue in the nation and Texas Malibu is a top dealer for us,” Malibu CEO Jack Springer said in a statement. “Combining the No. 1 wake park venue with a top dealership and the far-and-away leader in towboat manufacturing, the benefits to the customers in the Central and South Texas corridor will be limitless. Not only will people be able to experience the best-quality, most innovative and best-performing boats, they will be able to experience Surf Gate firsthand seven days a week all year long.”

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American Sailing Association reaches milestone

The American Sailing Association recently certified its half-millionth sailor. Since the association was founded in 1983, its affiliated schools and instructors have taught and certified more than 507,000 people to ASA’s 101 Keelboat Sailing standard.

First set of tariffs on aluminum sheet announced

The U.S. Commerce Department announced the countervailing tariff amounts on aluminum sheet from China, with varying amounts imposed on different Chinese suppliers that are scheduled to take effect within two to five business days.