Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Nautic Global Group, Meridian Yachts, Sea Ray and Dry Dock Marine Center.
Nautic Global Group just wrapped up its dealer meeting at the company's headquarters in Elkhart, Ind.
The event included plant tours, seminars, boat demonstrations and a business meeting. More than 60 boats were on display for the nearly 300 dealers who attended the event.
"The scope of product development this year impressed most of our dealers, and this year we addressed many of the issues facing all marine dealers head-on with customized, focused and flexible dealer programs, with today's market in mind," chief sales officer Rick Gasaway said in a statement.
NGG management decided to host the dealer meeting at the company's own facility to reduce costs, but also to show off its manufacturing facility.
"Our dealers told us they learned more and enjoyed themselves more in this relaxed setting than at other past dealer meeting venues," CEO Bob Moran said in a statement.
"This is an exciting time for our company," added Gasaway. "We've focused on differentiation and positioning our product to help our dealers win in their markets and it was very clear that our dealers like where we're headed."
Nautic Global Group, comprised of Godfrey Marine and Rinker Boats, manufactures multiple brands including: Rinker, Hurricane, Atlantic, Polar Kraft and Godfrey Pontoon Boats (Sanpan, Aqua Patio, Sweetwater, and Parti Kraft).
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Meridian Yachts added new dealers in New Orleans, Baltimore and southwest Tennessee.
Meridian will be represented in the New Orleans market by Nunmaker Yachts of Madisonville, La. The dealership, currently led my Mike Nunmaker, has been in business since 1965.
Marine Sales of Pickwick will represent the Meridian Yachts line in southwest Tennessee. The dealership, led by Ron Martin, has been in marine sales for more than 30 years and will serve the Pickwick Lake community, along with the greater Memphis area.
Meridian's largest retail partner, Marine Max, will represent the brand in the Baltimore/Annapolis markets. The Baltimore location is a fixture in the local boating community, having served boaters there for more than 40 years. TJ Rose is the store manager and Mike Aiello is the regional president from Marine Max.
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Sea Ray Boats added six dealers to its global distribution network.
The newly appointed dealers are Sea Ray of Indianapolis; Dubuque Yacht Center, Dubuque, Iowa; Tempo Marine, Moline, Ill.; Marine Sales of Pickwick, Counce, Tenn.; Town & Country Marine, Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada; and Vallely Sport & Marine, Bismarck and Minot, N.D.
"We work very closely with our dealers, and we look forward to giving our newest team members every opportunity to sell boats, service their customers and grow their business," said Rick Stone, president of Sea Ray, in a statement.
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Nautique added Dry Dock Marine Center in Angola, Ind., to its dealer network.
Founded in 1987, Dry Dock Marine Center is owned and operated by Terry Archbold and his sons, Cory and Chris. They have more than 11 decades of combined experience in the marine industry and the Angola market.
The dealership will offer a variety of new and used Nautique boats. In addition to its large showroom, the dealership offers parts, watersports equipment and accessories, and a full-service department with technicians that are PCM- and Nautique-certified.
"We are thrilled that Dry Dock Marine Center will be the Nautique dealer in the Angola area," said Mike Yauch, Nautique's national sales manager, in a statement. "With Dry Dock's excellent track record and strong focus on customer needs, we are confident they will make a great addition to the Nautique family."