Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Marquis Yacht Center, Donovan Marine, Nauticomp, the Viking Yachts Dealer Meeting and Seakeeper.
The new Marquis Yacht Center recently opened at the Monaco Yacht Club, and the event included the debut of Marquis' newest yacht - the 500 Sport Bridge.
"Having a Marquis Yacht Center situated at the Monaco Yacht Club gives us a presence that is fitting for the Marquis brand," Marquis Yachts president Robert VanGrunsven said in a statement. "Through Nuvolari-Lenard design, superior materials and uncompromising American yacht construction quality we have given Marquis an ultra-premium character unequaled in other yachts of this same size range. The Monaco Yacht Club is an appropriate setting for Marquis."
The new center is one of four Marquis Yacht Centers in the world. Each center provides customers with a direct audio/visual communications link to the company's designers in Venice, Italy, and the yacht builders at the American Marquis boatyard.
"The environment of a Marquis Yacht Center has been developed specifically to make yacht selection, outfitting and commission a convenient and enjoyable experience for all involved," said Erik Nelson, vice president of sales and marketing for Marquis Yachts.
Marquis Yacht Centers have numerous new yachts on display. They are available for scheduled inspection and sea trials.
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Donovan Marine will distribute OMC SysteMatched parts and accessories, such as proprietary gear sets, lower units, oil and other related products through an exclusive territory agreement, the company announced.
"With the dramatic decline of new-boat sales, the market is primed and ready to return to the quality of OMC SysteMatched solutions. Solutions backed by the service promise of a pioneer like Donovan that never forgets what it's like to be a dealer because those are our roots," Donovan Marine CEO Benson Nicholl said in a statement.
The OMC SysteMatched product line is part of Bombardier Recreational Products.
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Marine displays manufacturer Nauticomp appointed the Whiffletree Corp. to represent its product line in the Gulf Coast and Midwestern United States.
Based in Bridgton, Maine, Whiffletree specializes in sales of technology products in the marine, outdoor and aircraft industries.
New Nauticomp products this year include the Signature II series of waterproof, sunlight readable displays with LED backlight technology. The 12-inch, 15-inch and 19-inch bonded glass displays feature extra-slim casings specially designed for installation on bridges, where space is at a premium.
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New boats were among the highlights of the annual Viking Yachts Dealer Meeting, held Sept. 7-8 at the Viking factory in New Gretna, N.J., and the Seaview Hotel in nearby Galloway Township.
In addition to domestic dealers, representatives from Viking's international network from Spain, Panama, Venezuela, Barbados, the Dominican Republic and Mexico attended.
The event began with a factory visit and a tour and sea trial of the new Viking 70 Convertible, which will premiere Oct. 28 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Dealers also climbed aboard a second new Viking for the 2011 model year, the 42 Convertible, the boatbuilder's first convertible integrated with a pod drive propulsion system.
After lunch, principals Bill Healey, Patrick Healey and Bob Healey Jr. took turns speaking about Viking's goals for the 2011 model year, new models and updates in the Viking fleet from 42 to 82 feet, manufacturing updates, and fall and winter boat show plans.
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Seakeeper appointed Twin Disc Far East Ltd. as its newest distributor for Asia.
Twin Disc Far East will cover China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
A subsidiary of Twin Disc Inc., the company supplies transmissions, electronic controls, boat management systems and other equipment to the commercial, pleasure craft and military segments of the marine market.
"Twin Disc Far East has been an excellent addition to our international sales force," John Kermet, vice president of sales and marketing, said in a statement. "They're already employing their long-standing business relationships to help expand our presence in Asia."