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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Tallon Marine and CWR Electronics.

Tallon Marine, the New Zealand-based manufacturer of the integrated accessory systems, appointed Tides Marine of Deerfield Beach, Fla., to distribute its receiver platforms and accessories across the United States.

Tides Marine is showcasing Tallon's products this week at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., and then later this year at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Founded in 1990 by Jeff Strong and John Newton, Tides Marine began a research-and-development program to design and manufacture state-of-the art components for the marine industry. By mid-1992, the company had positioned itself to provide proprietary marine systems to powerboat and sailboat builders in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Tides Marine already serves as Tallon's OEM distributor in Europe. With this new agreement, the company will market Tallon products to boat manufacturers directly and through various retail channels as Tallon continues to grow in the U.S. market.

"They have a fantastic supply relationship with key U.S. OEMs, and, in our early dealings with them, they have proven to be very resourceful," said Duncan Good, general manager at Tallon Marine, in a statement.

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CWR Electronics of Bayville, N.J., added Uflex USA to its line of products, allowing the company to expand into a new product category in steering and controls.

Uflex products can be found as originally installed equipment on many boat brands around the world, from steering wheels to sophisticated electronic controls.

Featured Uflex products now distributed by CWR are the Rotech and Protech Universal steering systems. The Rotech system comes in a kit form, which the company says is especially suitable as replacement steering and includes helm, bezel and cable.

The Protech Front Mount Hydraulic system comes equipped with a compact cylinder. It fits most 2- and 4-stroke outboards and is rated up to 300 hp for single engines and 600 hp for twins.

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