Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Dr. Shrink and SeaArk Boats.

Dr. Shrink of Manistee, Mich., appointed new distributors in Bulgaria, Poland and Ireland.

Albaco IMPEX Eood in Sofia, Bulgaria, distributes industrial products for the furniture and woodworking industry. The company recently opened a store for boats and marine accessories.

Wrap Polska was appointed exclusive Dr. Shrink representative for Poland. The company provides on-site and mobile wrapping services. Finally, Glenwood Environmental Ltd. in County Leitrim will distribute Dr. Shrink products throughout Ireland.

"We're glad to be working with such great companies, which can help strengthen our international reach," Dr. Shrink president Mike Stenberg said in a statement. "Our distributors offer superior customer service and have shrink-wrap and installation accessories in stock for immediate shipment."

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SeaArk Boats will hold its dealer meeting and in-water show Aug. 23-25 in Branson, Mo., at the Chateau on the Lake Resort.

SeaArk Boats will have 40 boats on display, most of which will be inside the Chateau's convention area. Ten boats will be in-water, rigged with Suzuki engines and available for test runs. The company is offering new models, new options and accessories, and new colors for 2010.

Using the theme "Staying Alive in 2010," SeaArk has engaged several resources to help dealers learn about financing options, find ways to sell in tough times and to give industry updates.

SeaArk is using the event to kick off its 50th anniversary in the boatbuilding industry.


Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.