Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Tigé, The Sail & Ski Centers, Dometic, Regulator and CWR Electronics.
Tigé Boats added Parker Boats to its worldwide network of authorized Tigé dealerships.
Located in Amarillo, Texas, Parker Boats serves the Texas panhandle area, along with border counties in New Mexico and Oklahoma.
It will carry the full line of Tigé inboard water-sports boats and provide authorized service and support to local Tige owners.
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Boating Industry magazine last week announced its annual list of the Top 100 marine dealers.
No. 1 for the first time is Austin, Texas-based Sail & Ski Center; followed by Anna Maria, Fla.-based Galati Yacht Sales; Seattle Boat Co.; Prince William Marine Sales, Inc., based in Woodbridge, Va.; and Buckeye Marine, based in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.
Boating Industry announced five additional Best-In-Class awards to dealers ranked at the top of their categories.
Galati Yacht Sales is the highest-ranking dealer with seven or more stores. Seattle Boat Co. is the highest-ranking dealer with three or four stores. Prince William Marine Sales is the highest-ranking dealer with one or two stores. Woodard Marine, based in Hydeville, Vt., is the highest-ranking dealer with revenue under $4 million. Liquid Sports Marine, based in Orlando, Fla., was noted as the Most Improved Top 100 Dealer.
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Dometic Corporation announced the winners of the Dometic Marine Awards for international distributors.
There are four categories in the 2009 awards - sales platinum, sales gold, sales silver and a service award. This year a total of four sales platinum, 12 sales gold and 18 silver sales awards were presented and 12 companies were recognized with a service award.
Given annually in recognition and appreciation of sales performance and customer service, the awards were presented by Ned Trigg, senior vice president of Global System Sales at a distributor gathering during METS.
The awards are based on distributors' sales of the company's brands, which include Condaria, Cruisair, Marine Air, SeaLand, SMEV and Waeco, as well as their own Dometic brand.
"The last 12 months have been some of the hardest our industry has weathered, so any recipient of an award this year has put in a truly spectacular performance and I pay credit to their businesses," Trigg said in a statement.
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The annual Regulator Marine University will be held Dec. 15 at Regulator's production facility in Edenton, N.C. RMU, created in 2000, provides Regulator dealers with valuable product knowledge of the company's entire line of offshore sportfishing boats.
Upon completion of the intensive one-day sales and training seminars, the newly-minted graduates will understand the intricacies of Regulator's consistent construction process, as well as the features and benefits of the 2010 model-year product changes.
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Bayville, N.J.-based CWR Electronics compiled a list of its best 100 bargains for less than $100. Items range from binoculars to radar detectors to boating and camping equipment.
CWR is a full-service distributor of marine, outdoor and consumer recreational products.