Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Navico, SAS Yachts, Arrowhead Boat Sales, Lakes Union Sea Ray and Ashland Performance Materials.

Navico joined forces with marine electronics distributor CMC Electronics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation, to centralize Canadian distribution of products within its brands.

Effective Oct. 4, CMC will have exclusive distribution rights for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, making the distributor the sole source for Navico-owned marine electronics brands in Canada.

"We look forward to strengthening our relationship with CMC," said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer of Navico Americas, in a statement. "Having already demonstrated their ability to actively supply the marine industry with world-class customer support and a rapid response time from their local warehouses, CMC's new association with Navico represents a tremendous opportunity for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands through enhanced customer and technical support, strategically warehoused inventories and streamlined warranty-replacement programs for Canadian dealers."

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SAS Yachts - also known as Sailboats at Shilshole - is changing its name to Seattle Yachts, effective Aug. 1.

The goal of the new name is to better reflect changes under way at the company, including its new ownership and new agency agreements with Northwest Trawlers and Island Gypsy trawlers.

SAS Yachts was purchased in January by Ted Griffin and Ed Scripps.

Griffin had been a broker at SAS Yachts for two years when the opportunity to buy the business presented itself and Scripps got into the yacht business after retiring from the media business.

To serve the crossover boater, Seattle Yachts chose to represent Northwest Trawlers and Island Gypsy trawlers and now is the exclusive Pacific Northwest agent for both, the company said in a statement.

New team members include Paris Woodard, Don Wood and Norris Palmer, who is joining his wife and longtime broker Karen to act as 'brokers-at large' in San Juan County.

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Arrowhead Boat Sales, with locations in Oklahoma and Arkansas, was named the world's largest Cobalt dealer, recognition that comes as a result of performance in sales and customer service, Cobalt said.

In addition to a stellar sales year, Arrowhead achieved a 99.62 percent on Cobalt's Customer Satisfaction Index.

"I am so proud of our team for earning such a high customer-approval rating during a year in which we sold more boats than any other Cobalt dealer in the world," owner Joe Harwood said in a statement. "In most cases, as sales volume increases, customer service tends to slip a little. Volume makes one-on-one customer service more challenging, but we have been able to meet and exceed expectations of our very discriminating customers."

With 154 years of collective experience, Cobalt founder Pack St. Clair has called the Arrowhead sales team, "one of the hardest working sales teams I've ever had the privilege of working with."

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Lakes Union Sea Ray is hosting Seattle's AquaPalooza 2010 Saturday on Lake Washington in Andrews Bay.

So far, more than 100 boats have registered for the event, which will feature games, a live disc jockey, food, contests and a 40-foot party barge.

Sea Ray Boats' AquaPalooza is a series of on-water celebrations held during the last two weekends in July at more than 100 locations around the world. In the last four years, AquaPalooza has more than tripled in size.

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Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., selected Barracuda Advanced Composites as its resin distributor for the Brazilian infusion resin market.

Barracuda will market and distribute Arazyn, Aropol and AME resin brands to boatbuilders and other businesses throughout Brazil.

"Barracuda is well known in domestic shipyards for delivering a high level of technical expertise," said Rodrigo Oliveira, marketing and sales manager for Ashland Performance Materials in Brazil, in a statement. "As one of the world leaders in high performance resin technology, Ashland is also well-recognized for excellence in marine applications. By combining Ashland's technology with Barracuda's capabilities, marine customers will receive best-in-class service and performance."


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