Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Dr. Shrink and Regulator Marine.

International premium shrink-wrap supplier Dr. Shrink was named Distributor of the Year by Shrinkfast Marketing. Dr. Shrink's sales, marketing and service for the Shrinkfast 998 and 975 Heat Tool Kits helped it earn the honor, the manufacturer said.

"It means a lot to us to be recognized by one of our vendors, and we're very honored by this award," said Dr. Shrink president Mike Stenberg.

The 975 is entering its 30th year of production. Dr. Shrink is based in Manistee, Mich., and has distributors worldwide.

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Regulator Marine announced that Ireland Yacht Sales on Sanibel Island, Fla., is now one of its dealers. On the southern tip of the island near Fort Myers, the facility includes a full-service marina that the Ireland family has owned and operated since 1985.

"We are pleased and proud to have Ireland Yacht Sales and the Ireland family representing Regulator on the Gulf Coast of Florida," said Joan Maxwell, president of Regulator Marine. "Their dedication to offshore sportfishing and customer satisfaction make them the ideal partners for Regulator Boats in South Florida."

In addition to a restaurant, Ireland's Sanibel Marina offers transient slips, boat rentals, charters, sightseeing cruises, fuel, a ships store and Wi-Fi connections. The marina is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and it monitors VHF channel 16.

"Our family has had a love for the sea and boating for many generations. At Ireland Yacht Sales, we take pride and careful consideration for the boats we sell," owner Myton Ireland said.


Patrick Industries Acquires Taco Metals

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

Consumers Say E15 Warning Labels Are Ineffective

A new poll shows that current branding efforts do not adequately warn consumers to the risk and legality of using the blended fuel with certain engines.

Silent-Yachts’ New Project

The Austrian solar yacht outfit will use VW’s electric drive system on a vessel to be drawn by Spanish car brand Cupra.

Industry Mourns Christopher Ramirez

A regional sales manager at Garmin, Ramirez died suddenly at age 35 last month.

Quick Hits: December 1, 2020

Freedom Boat Club announces 250th location; ShoreMaster/Hydrohoist acquires Neptune Boat Lifts; MarineMax names brand manager; and Arkansas scientists study fishing license increase.

Our Great Lakes Are Battered and Need Help

The eight-state region that accounts for one-third of annual boat sales has seen unprecedented damage from high waters. A bipartisan legislative effort looks to protect the region and its small businesses.

Boat Demand Remains Strong, But Inventory Shortages Prevail

Dealers worry that the absence of new boats is driving up prices.

Electric Boat Company Completes IPO Process

Canada-based e-mobility outfit Vision Marine raises $27.6 million to reinvest in its line of electric vessels and 180-hp, E-Motion outboard.