Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from OceanLED, Nautic Global Group, and Chaparral and Robalo Boats.

OceanLED appointed Brunswick Marine Parts and Accessories (Land 'N' Sea Distributing, Kellogg Marine and Diversified Marine) to take on national distribution of its range of LED underwater and above-water lighting.

"I am very impressed by the Brunswick Marine P&A distribution network and its operations. They have kept to a true marine distribution program and I feel strongly that this partnership is going to strengthen our brick-and-mortar dealer relationships moving forward," OceanLED CEO Lee Savage said in a statement.

OceanLED, already partnering with nearly 50 percent of U.S. OEMs, was recently awarded a major contract for its new OceanLED Amphibian line with Sea Ray boats for supplying the boatbuilder's underwater lighting options.

Brunswick Marine P&A is a full-service, wholesale distributor of marine products in North America that carries more than 50,000 different parts and accessories in 14 warehouses across the U.S. and Canada. The company's three divisions serve more than 15,000 dealers.

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Nautic Global Group and its primary international distributor International Nautic Corp. will host a dealer meeting for worldwide Rinker dealers Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Mainz, Germany.

Boats will be available for dealers to test in the Rhine River, including Rinker's 210, 246, 276 and 280 as well as the new 310 Express Cruiser and 190 MTX.  Several presentations and seminars are planned, including a keynote address from Nautic Global Group CEO Bob Moran.

"This will be our first dealer meeting to be held outside of the U.S.," said Nautic Global Group chief sales officer Rick Gasaway, "The event is a reflection of the success and growth of the Rinker brand in the international marketplace."

The Nautic Global Group North American dealer meeting was held last month in Elkhart, Ind.

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Chaparral and Robalo Boats will hold its 2010 worldwide dealer conference Sept. 27-29 in Orlando, Fla.

"We have exciting new product to introduce and are encouraged at the future direction of our company. Our worldwide dealer network is among the strongest in the boating industry and we want to bolster our support," said Jim Lane, president of Chaparral and Robalo Boats, in a statement.

The theme of the three-day conference is "A Story of Strength and Stamina Now and for the Future."

"When the downturn started, we worked hard to back our dealer network in every way possible and that's exactly what we're continuing to do" added Lane. "We look forward to working with our dealers and vendors to identify ways to capitalize on our strengths leading to profitable growth in market share."


A Win for Gulf Reef Fish

The newly authorized DESCEND Act requires anglers to use descending gear when releasing catches in federal Gulf of Mexico waters.

Coast Guard Foundation Names Chairman

Thomas A. Allegretti will lead the non-profit’s board of directors.

In-Person Charleston Show Opens Friday

Under Covid-19 guidelines, the South Carolina boat show has a modified format for the safety of attendees and exhibitors.

Polaris Sees Q4 Surge

The powersports manufacturer had solid gains in every segment, with boat sales up 20 percent.

ABYC Updates Board

The group added a new member and elected several officers, including Nancy Cueroni as chairman.

Quick Hits: January 27, 2021

ICOMIA release its latest state of the industry report; one of the country’s largest waterjet cutting machines goes online at Maine’s Front Street Shipyard; and T-H Marine Supplies names a new national sales and marketing manager.

Changing Currents

E-mobility efforts remain centered outside of the U.S.

Q&A with Martin Bjuve

Volvo Penta of the Americas president and lifelong boater Martin Bjuve.

The Evolving Retail Culture

Finding new ways to connect with boaters.