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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Denison Yacht Sales, Fusion Boats, Seakeeper, Dive N Dog and Aqualuma Underwater Lighting.

Denison Yacht Sales was designated the exclusive California dealer for Dufour Yachts.

"We are honored to have been selected as California's exclusive dealer for Dufour Yachts and proud to add such a distinguished brand to our current range of new and brokerage yachts," said Bob Denison, president of Denison Yacht Sales, in a statement.

Dufour Yachts, based in France, offers a variety of cruising sailboats from 32 to 52 feet.

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Fusion Boats appointed Schooner Yacht Sales of Nepean, Ontario, as its newest dealer.

News of the Ottawa-region dealer's commitment comes on the heels of the reintroduction of the award-winning boat at the 2010 Toronto Boat Show.

"We were drawn to the boat by several factors," Schooner president Larry Nicholls said in a statement. "I do believe that sailing has turned a corner where we need boats like the Fusion 15 that are a thrill to sail and can be pushed hard, yet aren't intimidating to new sailors or those who want to sail for relaxation."

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Seakeeper named ComMar Sales to represent the company on the East Coast, South, Gulf Coast and Florida.

"We're very excited to have ComMar Sales on board," said John Kermet, vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement. "With their extensive marine experience and established relationships, they'll make an excellent addition to our Seakeeper sales team."

ComMar works closely with dealers, distributors, OEMs and retailers. It will represent Seakeeper in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and Washington, D.C.

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Dive N Dog added a second location in Naples, Fla., that will serve as a distribution center. The company's original Naples location will continue to house manufacturing.

"We are thrilled to take this step and very much look forward to the benefits it will provide both Dive N Dog as a company and all of the partners that we serve. As we enjoy the completion of phase one of our expansion plan, we continue to work towards phase two and the addition of a mass production facility in Central America," company president Scott Rowles said in a statement.

Dive N Dog manufactures stainless-steel marine accessories, including ladders, steering wheels, rod holders, grab rails, cleats, anchor rollers and more.

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Aqualuma Underwater Lighting named OceanView Technologies as its second U.S. importer, the company announced.

"Aqualuma's LED lights are high-quality, easy to upgrade and completely serviceable from inside the boat. No haulout is necessary after initial installation," said Mike Bader, OceanView Technologies CEO, in a statement. "We were very excited and satisfied with the amount of interest and attention these lights received at the recent Miami boat show. It was very successful for us."

Oceanview Technologies is based in Boca Raton, Fla., and Dallas.



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NMTA Steps up To Boost Boating

The Northwest Marine Trade Association is awarding $1,000 Discover Boating grants to entities that promote boating in the region.


Freedom Boat Club Expands European Footprint

Windermere and Torquay are the first U.K. locations for the Brunswick subsidiary, which now has 33 locations across the United Kingdom, France and Spain.