Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Tigé Boats, SeaWide Distribution, and the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

Tigé Boats added three new dealers to its network.

Ski and Sport Inc., New England Correct Craft and Drummondville Marine joined the worldwide network of authorized Tigé dealerships.

Located in Rogers, Ark., Ski and Sport serves the Northwestern Arkansas area, including Beaver Lake. New England Correct Craft is located in Rochester, N.H., and serves New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Drummondville Marine is located in Drummondville, Quebec - near Montreal - and serves the province of Quebec.

The new dealerships will carry the full line of Tigé inboard water-sports boats and will provide authorized service and support to local Tigé owners.

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SeaWide Distribution was named the exclusive U.S. distributor for KEP Marine, an equipment manufacturer.

KEP Marine's products include sunlight-readable pilothouse displays, glass bridge displays, marine computers, multimedia systems and more.

The agreement took effect Sept. 1.

Click here for the full release.

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Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, to be held in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 16-18, say dealer registration and total exhibitors are up over last year's event.

Early-bird registration is up 24 percent from the 2008 total number of attendees, and the total number of exhibitors is up by 8.5 percent, according to organizers. Additionally, the event has sold nearly 13,000 square feet of exhibit space this year, more than twice the square footage for exhibits in 2008.

"This event seems to be gaining momentum as we get closer to the kickoff date," said John Vallely Jr., chairman of the MDCE committee, in a statement. "We have a number of exhibitors still trying to determine not if they will exhibit but how much exhibit space they need. And while dealer attendance is already way up over last year, we expect that number to continue to rise as we get closer to the event."


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