Dealers and Distributors

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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Thermoboat, Navimo USA, Scout, Tige, Grady-White, Shogren Performance Marine and Quickline.

The distributor Thermoboat, of Canada, is introducing the line of Powertrain Couplings to the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Manufactured by Powertrain Europe AS of Norway, the all-new Powertrain coupling is used to connect marine transmissions to propeller shafts and can correct shaft to transmission misalignment by as much as eight degrees without the need of a mounting bulkhead.

The Powertrain Coupling will debut at the Toronto and Seattle boat shows in January. Thermoboat will handle all aspects of North American sales and service of this product including distribution.

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Navimo USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Navimo Group, is the new U.S. distributor for Andersen stainless-steel winches and accessories.

For more than 45 years, Denmark-based Andersen has designed, engineered and manufactured stainless-steel winches for yachtsmen and sailing professionals featuring the Power Rib drum.

The company's products include a new range of mooring line capstans, a new racing winch handle and automatic bailers for dinghy sailors.

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At its annual dealer meeting, Scout Boats announced it was helping its dealer network reduce inventories in an effort to help increase sales in 2010.

Aggressive sales incentives and a proprietary dealer-linked inventory program have helped the company reach their lowest inventory level in 15 years, Scout said.

"Other companies are still trying to stop the bleeding while we've been mending the wounds," Scout Boats national/international sales manager Alan Lang said in a statement. "Because we're a debt-free independent company, we've been able to take the necessary steps to ensure we not only weather this unprecedented recession and help our dealers through these hard times, but to perfectly position ourselves to prosper in 2010.

Scout's also announced nine new models for 2010. Its 10th new-model introduction will be the unveiling of its flagship center console Sportfish at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show.

Scout has also been aggressively pursuing new dealer prospects to keep its list of reputable dealers growing and most recently added Pawley's Island Marine in South Carolina to its dealer network.

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Tigé Boats added Sanford, N.C.-based Chatlee Boat and Marine to its dealer network.

Chatlee Boat and Marine serves the entire state of North Carolina and will carry the full line of Tigé inboard water-sports boats and provide authorized service and support to local Tigé owners.

New 2010 Tigé boats will arrive at the dealership in time for the North Carolina boat show, which is scheduled for the second weekend of February.

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Grady-White Boats added Atlantic Marine of Wrightsville Beach, N.C. to its dealer network.

"We are excited to represent Grady-White Boats and to support Grady-White customers old and new with the level of convenience and service they expect and deserve," said David Floyd, president of Atlantic Marine, in a statement.

Atlantic Marine offers customers a complete call-ahead drystack facility, a retail sales area, indoor showers plus a dock house and a well-staffed, fully-equipped parts and service department.

Grady-White Boats currently offers 26 models including a new 36-foot center console, the Canyon 366 and a new 23-foot center console, the Fisherman 230.

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Shogren Performance Marine added Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats to its existing lines of Fountain and Baja Powerboats.

The Waukegan, Ill.-based dealership is also introducing a "fresh look," with a new logo that reflects its broader product offerings.

"Nor-Tech is a premier boat brand known for its craftsmanship. It also has a reputation for integrity, a quality our customers have come to expect from us and our priority at Shogren Performance Marine," owner Scott Sjogren said in a statement.

Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats, based in North Fort Myers, Fla., is well-established along the Eastern seaboard, primarily selling factory-direct and through a limited dealer base, including a dealer in Canada.

"We are on track for a record sales year in 2009 with Fountain Powerboats and we are looking forward to another one in 2010," said Sjogren. "The addition of the Nor-Tech line is the right move at the right time for our customers and our business."

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Quickline announced a distribution partnership with Italian manufacturer Quick Nautical Equipment.

Quickline will sell and support Quick's range of nautical equipment and accessories throughout the West Coast of the United States. The company will carry Quick's line of anchor windlasses as well as water heaters, battery chargers/inverters, bow thrusters and marine lighting systems.

"We are thrilled to partner with Quick Nautical Equipment and offer our customers access to its reputable, high quality products," said Randy Boelsems, president of QuicklineUSA, in a statement.

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