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."


ABYC Foundation Seeks Nominations for Educator Award

The award recognizes “an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians.”

P.R. Firm Rushton Gregory Signs ePropulsion

The Chinese manufacturer of electric propulsion products introduced a standardized lineup earlier this year.

Dometic Updates Pro-Trim System

The new design allows boaters to trim the outboard and adjust the jack plate without removing their hands from the wheel.

Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Through the alliance, Brunswick aims to enhance its autonomous technology offerings.

Nicole Vasilaros to Depart NMMA

The group credits the senior vice president of government and legal affairs for “countless contributions to the protection and expansion of the recreational boating industry.”

Site Unseen

A website is often the first interaction a customer will have with a dealership, but it must provide more than an online brochure or they will click elsewhere.

C.G. Amends Documentation Rules

Federally documenting a boat now must be done every five years, rather than annually.

The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.