Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Marquis Yachts, Mid Atlantic Marine Group and the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

Marquis Yachts recently appointed Whale Yachts LTD as an authorized agent for the Marquis brand.

Based in Limassol, Cyprus, the company serves markets in Russia, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, Israel and Luxembourg.

"Whale Yachts LTD represents the highest level within the international yacht industry. Their longstanding history serving the needs of experienced and highly discriminating yachtsmen will now be extended to Marquis-brand yachts," Marquis president Robert VanGrunsven said in a statement.

Whale Yachts LTD is awaiting its initial delivery of a customized 72-foot Marquis, as well as a custom-built Marquis 50-foot sportbridge model powered by triple diesel engines and computer-controlled pod drives.

Marquis Yachts LLC is owned by J&D Acquisitions Group.

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Virginia's Mid Atlantic Marine Group, the exclusive Mid-Atlantic and Northeast dealer for Ocean Alexander Yachts, and broker for power and sailing vessels, hosted its second annual Mid Atlantic Marine Group Rendezvous July 30-Aug. 1 at company-managed marina Bay Creek Marina & Resort in Cape Charles, Va.

The 75 guests in attendance were loyal clients and customers of Mid Atlantic Marine Group and its sister company, The Bluewater Group, owners and operators of marinas and service yards on the Chesapeake Bay.

Bay Creek Marina is under its second year of management by The Bluewater Group. Mid Atlantic Marine Group has a sales office and staff on site. Mid Atlantic Marine Group now offers sales offices at four main locations on the East Coast.

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This year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set for Nov. 14-17 in Orlando, Fla., will start with a session about demystifying the process of innovation and will wrap up with a look at one businessman's secrets to success.

The event's opening keynote by Dan Coughlin, titled "Accelerate Business Innovation," will look at business innovation, which he describes as "the creation of additional value for customers that they will pay for at a profitable margin."

The conference will end with a closing keynote from Harris Rosen, owner of the Rosen Plaza Hotel, where this year's event takes place. Rosen began his career at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City as a convention salesman. He later worked for Hilton Worldwide and the Walt Disney Co. before purchasing his first hotel in 1974. In his presentation, Rosen will share how he grew his business from a single location to a chain of seven Orlando hotels totaling close to 6,300 rooms.

Between those keynotes, there will be three educational tracks worth of sessions spanning two days.


Sharrow Marine to Build MX-1 Props in Michigan

Founder Greg Sharrow announced the new global manufacturing HQ will be located in his hometown of Detroit.

Conception Captain Charged With 34 Counts of Manslaughter

The dive boat fire that killed 34 was among the deadliest in recent U.S. maritime history.

ABYC Foundation Announces Educator of the Year

The award was established to honor instructors that are shaping future marine service technicians.

Quick Hits: December 2, 2020

Vesper appoints global sales manager; Horizon Yachts wins Taiwan Gold award; and NFWF announces $1.2 in coral reef grants.

Patrick Industries Acquires Taco Metals

The components manufacturer had been family-owned for 60 years.