Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Sea Ray, Gold Key Marine, Regal Marine and Crate's Lake Country Boats.
Sea Ray Boats added eight new dealers in markets from California to the mid-Atlantic and Canada.
"By continuing to add premier dealerships to our industry-leading team, we are enhancing our market performance and ensuring that our customers get the first-class treatment that completes the Sea Ray experience," Sea Ray president Rob Parmentier said in a statement.
Laurel Marina will represent Sea Ray in northeastern Tennessee from its dealership location in Bristol.
Lynnhaven Marine signed on to represent Sea Ray in the Virginia Beach, Va., area and Galey's Marine Supply of Bakersfield signed on to carry Sea Ray in Southern California.
Marine Center of Las Vegas, the largest marine dealership in Nevada, will represent Sea Ray in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.
Surfside 3/Modern Yachts, a MarineMax affiliate owned and managed by Vic Levy, added a third location and is now able to serve Sea Ray customers at the eastern end of Long Island, N.Y.
In Canada, Sea Ray will expand its presence in southwest Manitoba through the signing of Virden Recreation & Watersports. Quartermaster Marine, a boat sales and service company located in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, will represent Sea Ray in the growing market of Atlantic Canada. Exclusive Auto Marine, will represent Sea Ray as it expands into the northern Saskatchewan market.
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Watermark Property Group announced the relocation of Gold Key Marine from Miami to Islamorada, Fla. Formerly known as Dixie Marine, Gold Key is open for business at Mile Marker 82.2 in Islamorada.
Gold Key Marine offers certified service and parts support for Evinrude, Mercury, Honda and Yamaha, and is an authorized dealer for Mako, Seacraft and Southport boats.
"Watermark is committed to taking the hassle out of boat ownership and enhancing the Watermark experience," Watermark president Keith Getter said in a statement. "Dixie was acquired, rebranded as Gold Key, and relocated to the Keys to help fulfill our service commitment to our customers."
Watermark Property Group is a self-managed real estate operating company focused on marina properties. Watermark acquires, develops, owns and operates coastal properties on the Eastern Seaboard.
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Regal Marine announced that Walker's Marine will now offer the complete line of Regal boats. Walker's has three locations in Florida: Walker's Marine Marco Island, Walker's Marine Fort Myers and Walker's Coon Key Marina in Goodland.
"Walker's history of superlative customer care and award-winning service meshes nicely with Regal's philosophy of developing products designed and built to ensure that Regal owners experience an exceptionally high level of customer satisfaction," said Duane Kuck, Regal president and CEO, in a statement. "Walker's long-term commitment to their customers is remarkable, and it is what drove us pursue this partnership. We are proud to be associated with this outstanding dealership."
Walker's Marine is a full-service boat dealer and has been in business since 1982. In addition to the complete Regal line, Walker's also carry new boats from Formula and Pursuit, and late-model used boats.
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Crate's Lake Country Boats is expanding its sales operations to Georgian Bay in Ontario.
The company signed a deal with two Parkbridge marinas and will open sales offices at Beacon Bay Marina and Bay Moorings Marina. Crate's will set up shop this fall and launch officially at the Toronto International Boat Show in January.
In addition to a full-service boat brokerage, Crate's Lake Country Boats will offer new Regal sportboats, cruisers and yachts from these locations.
"We're not waiting for economists to say the recession is over. We see the demand now, and our goal is to be ahead of the curve as the market strengthens," co-owner Brian Crate said in a statement.