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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Family Boating Centers, Fairline Boats, MarineMax of the Tennessee River and Imtra.

Family Boating Centers teamed up with Ranger Boats to bring sales, service and support to the greater Tampa Bay, Fla., area.

"We serve a tremendous market that's home to some of the world's most discerning boat buyers," said Paul Knop, of Family Boating Centers, in a statement. "The strength of the Ranger brand, with its collection of great products and its high quality of customer service, is a perfect fit. We look forward to offering our customers a product with so much heritage and commitment to innovation."

Family Boating Centers is celebrating more than 20 years of serving Florida's Gulf Coast.

"We're excited to showcase our products with Family Boating Centers," Ranger Boats president Randy Hopper said in a statement. "They have an innate ability to connect with their customers and provide unsurpassed service in a competitive market. We feel extremely fortunate to have the Ranger brand partnered with such a dedicated team of professionals."

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British luxury motoryacht manufacturer Fairline Boats appointed Total Marine of Florida to represent the brand in the Sunshine State. The company will trade as Fairline Fort Lauderdale and undertake sales and service activities of Fairline Florida, the previous dealer.

The new dealership has been set up by John and Tom Caruso, who currently operate Fairline New York, and will be headed by Fairline veteran Jim Renfrow, formerly vice president of Fairline Boats North America.

"We have worked very successfully with Total Marine in New York over the years and believe their experience coupled with Jim Renfrew's seven-year history with Fairline will ensure delivery of a first-class sales and service experience for new and existing customers in Florida," Fairline CEO Derek Carter said in a statement.

The new dealership will be based at Harbor Towne Marina in Dania, Fla., and will offer full service and sales facilities to existing and new customers alike.

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MarineMax of the Tennessee River was selected by Azimut Yachts to bring its line of continental cruisers to the Chattanooga area.

MarineMax of the Tennessee River also manages the Chattanooga Waterfront, which has become a key destination for regional boaters. The new store will give the Azimut major entrance to inland waterways.

Founded in 1969 by Paollo Vitelli, Azimut is based in Italy.

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Imtra was selected as a distribution partner for Norwegian manufacturer NorSap, which produces helmsman and operator chairs.

Under the terms of the agreement, Imtra will stock, sell and support NorSap chairs in the American commercial marine market.

"When identifying manufacturing partners, Imtra looks for companies with products that meet the high quality standards our customers expect," said Alex Larsen, Imtra's commercial sales manager, in a statement.

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