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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Marine Supply & Equipment Co., Seacoast Distributors, Beneteau USA, Orange Coast Yachts, Clarks Landing and Regulator Marine.

Marine Equipment & Supply Co. of Thorofare, N.J., and Seacoast Distributors of Lindenhurst, N.Y., released the dates for their 2010 show.

It will be held Nov. 10-11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. More than 250 manufacturers will be represented.

"Customers enjoy our location," said Jim Del Cioppo, vice president of sales and marketing for MESCO. "The convention center is one of the top facilities on the East Coast and Atlantic City's new attractions provide plenty to see and do."

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Beneteau USA added Prestige Yacht Sales as its new Connecticut dealer.

Prestige has been in business for 21 years and operates in Stamford, Essex and Mystic.

"We are pleased to add Prestige Yacht Sales to our select group of North American dealers," said Mike Lecholop, vice president of sales for Beneteau USA. "They have an amazing reputation for superior customer service and are recognized for their professionalism."

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Orange Coast Yachts was named the exclusive agent of Rayburn Custom Yachts for the western half of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

"We have been talking to several upscale luxury yacht manufacturers about creating a relationship with them and Rayburn fit perfectly into our thoughts and client culture," said Jim McLaren, general manager of Orange Coast Yachts, in a statement.

Orange Coast Yachts has locations in Newport Beach, Calif., and San Francisco. Rayburn Custom Yachts is in Mission, British Columbia.

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More than 230 boats and about 1,000 boaters joined Clarks Landing July 31 to celebrate its fourth annual Aquapalooza, held on Conquest Beach on the Chester River in Maryland.

"This was by far the biggest and best event of the year on the Chesapeake Bay, far exceeding our expectations. It was so good to see hundreds of boaters, with all makes and models of boats, rafting up together for this exciting event," general manager Jeff Truesdale said in a statement. "It shows us what a tremendous lifestyle boating is. We plan to keep building on this and continue growing the event in the future."

Clarks Landing has locations in Maryland and New Jersey.

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The Ships Chandler, in Destin, Fla., is the newest Regulator Marine dealer.

The Ships Chandler will feature the complete line of Regulator offshore sportfishing boats, ranging from 23 to 34 feet.

"We're excited to have Regulator back on board. This day and age, in order to run a successful business, you have to surround yourself with the best manufacturers and suppliers in the marine industry, Regulator is one of those," said Peter Wright, owner of The Ships Chandler, in a statement.

"We look forward to doing business with Regulator, re-establishing the strong brand name in our market and working with the dealer network to meet the needs of our customers," he added.

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