Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Nautic Global Group, Springline Yacht Sales, Manitou Pontoon Boats, Harrison Yacht Sales, SmartPlug Systems and Zyvex Performance Materials.

Nautic Global Group recently announced its model-year 2011 dealer meeting will be held Aug. 1-3 at the company's Elkhart, Ind., headquarters.

NGG manufactures boats under the Rinker, Godfrey Pontoon Boats, Hurricane and Polar Kraft brands.

This year's theme will be "Growing Together," and will feature content that will help its dealer network capitalize on a growth period in the marine industry. The event will also host many of its strategic, marketing and production partners.

At the meeting, NGG plans to unveil its 2011 lineup, which will include dozens of new or significantly updated models. Additionally, the company will brief its network of dealer partners on its plans for the coming year, as well as several new marketing initiatives.

Plant tours will be available and a business meeting will take place with NMMA and Grow Boating president Thom Dammrich as the keynote speaker.

"Our dealer meeting is a critical event and marks an annual milestone for the introduction of our new products and programs" chief sales and marketing officer Rick Gasaway said in a statement. "We are proud to host the meeting at our corporate headquarters in Elkhart as it provides a great venue for dealers to view our operation and interact with our staff and each other face-to-face."

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Springline Yacht Sales is holding its grand opening in Mystic, Conn., in June.

Springline will represent and stock Hunter Marine sailboats, ranging from 27 to 49 feet. As a select dealer, Springline will also showcase the 50-foot series from its Mystic Shipyard base; and as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker-endorsed dealership, will offer extensive brokerage services.

At the helm of this new venture is company owner and president Rick Dieterich, whose marine industry experience most recently had him serving as a broker and general manager of Hellier Yacht Sales in New London, Conn., for five years.

Additionally, Dieterich has lengthy experience in the auto industry and served as a Navy submariner.

His wife and business partner, Kimberly, will serve as office manager and there are plans are to bring on one, if not more, brokers to round out the Springline team.

"Hunter Marine produces a high-quality sailboat for a great value which is exactly what today's consumers want," Dieterich said in a statement. "At SLYS, our commitment to the client relationship will offer a top-notch buying/delivery experience and the services provided by the shipyard will ensure an exceptional ownership experience."

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Lansing, Mich.-based pontoon boat manufacturer, Manitou Pontoon Boats, is celebrating its 25th year in business.

Since its most recent dealer meeting, the company announced 13 new dealers have joined the Manitou family in the U.S. and Canada.

They include Bay Outboard; Chalks Marine (multiple locations); Charles Mill Marina; Gilliam's Marine Sales & Service; Lake Viking Marine; Louisa Boat & Motor; Martins Motor Sports (multiple locations); Renze Power Sports (multiple locations); Shell Lake, Sweetwater Marina, Tall Timbers, Thayer Marine and TMR Marine.

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Grasonville, Md.-based Harrison Yacht Sales is now an authorized Formula warranty/service center and Outer Reef Yachts warranty/service center, the company announced.

In addition, Mike Favinger joined the sales team at Harrison Yacht Sales. Favinger grew up on Chesapeake Bay and has more than 12 years of experience in the boating industry.

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Greatly expanding its distribution network, SmartPlug Systems' products are now offered at West Marine stores, as well as online at the West Marine Web site.

West Marine will sell the SmartPlug 30 Amp Inlet and Connector Retrofit Kit (No. B30ASSY), the 30 Amp Connector (No. BF30) and the 30 Amp Inlet (No. BM30S).

"SmartPlug Systems is pleased to be working with such a well-known boating retailer," CEO Ken Smith said in a statement. "We expect that with the addition of West Marine dealers, SmartPlug products will reach a far broader consumer audience."

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Zyvex Performance Materials announced a distribution agreement with Composites One, a distributor of composites and composite-related products with more than 30 distribution centers across North America.

Composites One will be distributing ZPM's Epovex, Epovex Adhesive and Arovex products.

"Composites One is an excellent partner for Zyvex Performance Materials. The applications for nano-enhanced composites are growing and distribution is a key aspect of this developing market," said Lance Criscuolo, president of Zyvex Performance Materials, in a statement. "Composites One serves over 8,000 customers in the high-performance composites markets. Our advanced composite products and solutions are a perfect fit for Composites One's channel strength and knowledgeable applications team."


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