Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Mystic Powerboats, Standard Horizon, Blue Sea Systems, Dr. Shrink, Three Belles Marina and Ocean Racing.
Mystic Powerboats named Bruce Bullock's Bullock Marine as exclusive Mystic dealer for the Western U.S.
"We are excited. Bruce is a big part of our growth plan into the recreational/poker-run performance cat market," president John Cosker said in a statement. "Bruce's high-performance cat knowledge will be a great addition to our team."
Bullock Marine will cover the entire western portion of the performance boating market in the U.S. for Mystic Powerboats, which will debut at the Desert Storm Poker Run on Arizona's Lake Havasu.
"Bullock Marine has always represented the top performance catamans in the world. I believe that Mystic will extend that legacy for us with the extreme performance and size of their new recreational/poker run 50-foot cats," Bullock said in a statement.
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Standard Horizon named West Marine its marine retailer of the year for 2009. This is the second year in a row West Marine has been honored.
"They have put forth a tremendous amount of effort and enthusiasm toward promoting and growing the Standard Horizon brand," executive vice president Jason Kennedy said in a statement.
Standard Horizon also named New Jersey-based Win-tron Electronics as its marine distributor of the year and The GPS Store in North Carolina as its marine dealer of the year.
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Blue Sea Systems, a Bellingham, Wash.-based manufacturer of marine electrical products, named Cala Marine as its sales representative for the Latin American territory including the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Cala Marine's founder and principal, Ralph Masso, will lead the Miami-based representative group's sales and customer support activities in the region.
"Ralph's personal experience serving Latin American customers and his knowledge of the region make his group the right agency to represent our products," said David Johnson, senior vice president of Blue Sea Systems, in a statement.
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International shrink-wrap supplier Dr. Shrink appointed Yasuda Shipyard Co. Ltd. as its distributor for Japan.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Yasuda Shipyard is a full-service boatbuilder with 100 years of experience, providing maintenance services. In addition, the company serves as the Japanese dealer for Bertram and builds its own Breakers yachts.
"Yasuda Shipyard's reputation for excellent service and firm grasp on the Japanese market will help us better establish our presence in the country," said president Mike Stenberg, in a statement. "We're very pleased to be working with such a valuable company."
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Niantic, Conn.-based Three Belles Marina is now an authorized Mercury dealer. The dealership also will provide service and technical support for Mercury owners.
"Investing in a new Mercury dealership in a difficult economy demonstrates our commitment to servicing the needs of our growing customer base," along the Connecticut coastline of Long Island Sound, owner Tobey Russ said in a statement.
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Ocean Racing, a leading manufacturer of waterproof sailing luggage and accessories, was selected as the North American distributor for sailing watches by Optimum Time Ltd., based in the United Kingdom.
"Ocean Racing is honored to be the sole North American source for Optimum Time, the best sailing watches on the market," said Ed Kriese, president of Ocean Racing, in a statement.