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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Carolina Waterworks, Zodiac of North America, Campion Marine and Clarks Landing.

Carolina Waterworks brought on dealer Caribbean Nautical to handle its line of Safe Haven lifts in this region.

"Carolina Waterworks' Safe Haven lifts are a strong addition to the products and services we offer, especially considering the growth potential in our area and limited marina spaces available," Caribbean Nautical managing director Marcel Verspuij said in a statement. "After installing a lift, I can acknowledge the quality of these systems and, based on the number of boaters that pass by and check it out, there's a real market for them here."

Covering the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Caribbean Nautical specializes in powerboats, sailboats, engines, parts and docking equipment.

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Zodiac of North America signed Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. as its exclusive distributor for mainland Mexico.

Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. is based in Guadalajara with a growing distribution network in such markets as Cancun and Acapulco.

"The company has previous experience with Zodiac and Avon inflatable boats and their aggressive expansion plans, alignment with key yacht brands and deep understanding of rigid inflatable boats as primary craft were all factors in the decision to sign Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. as an exclusive distributor," said John Caballero, regional manager for Zodiac of North America, in a statement.

Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. will represent the full Zodiac range. Zodiac of North America is a subsidiary of Zodiac S.A.

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Campion Marine announced it will celebrate its 37th anniversary Aug. 29-30 at its model-year 2011 dealer conference in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Family-owned Campion has a diverse product lineup consisting of Chase high-performance boats, Explorer sport utility boats, Allante runabouts and cruisers, and Svfara water sports tow boats.

The dealer conference is an opportunity for current and prospective dealers to get together and try out Campion's product line on Lake Okanagan.

"Every year, our dealers from around the world look forward to returning to the Delta Grand Hotel, here in Kelowna, and meeting with our family and our highly skilled craftsmen," general manager Brock Elliott said in a statement.

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Clarks Landing is a recipient of the 2009 Mercury Marine Award, the dealership announced.

Mercury Marine Award winners are dealers who have demonstrated strong commitment to sales and support of all Mercury products.

"This is a fantastic accomplishment for our entire team," general manager Jeff Truesdale said in a statement. "We are so happy to earn this prestigious award from such a great partner as Mercury Marine. Obviously our customers play an important part in this award and we are grateful to have earned their trust."

Clarks Landing has locations throughout Maryland and New Jersey.



Contender Boats Announces New Factory

The fishboat builder said the 100,000-square-foot facility in Fort Pierce, Fla., will concentrate on its smaller models.


Soundings Trade Only Announces IBEX Presessions

The Sept. 26 events in Tampa, Fla., include a Women in the Industry Summit, a leadership panel and the Most Innovative Marine Company Awards.


U.S. Adds 528,000 Jobs in July

The Department of Labor said the manufacturing and leisure-and-hospitality segments contributed to the gains.


OneWater Reports Higher Profit, Raises Guidance

The company said revenue, net income, same-store sales and profit margin all improved in its fiscal third quarter.


Mass. Approves Marine Workforce Funding

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association said the state budget includes $150,000 for training and technical education.


Sterling Acceptance Marks 35 Years

Founded in 1987, the oldest privately owned marine loan origination company is expanding in the Great Lakes and in RV financing.


OCEARCH Names Official Outboard Brand

Yamaha will supply the ocean conservation and research organization with F300, F150 and F60 engines.


Krogen, Summit Hire Sales Manager

Jonathan Cooper will run the brands’ new offices in Seattle and develop a sales team for the West Coast market.