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 Acquires SeaDek Parent

The Indiana-based company continues its strategy of growth through acquisitions.

BoatUS, USPS Resume Safety Checks

The groups are offering the service during safety events, or boaters can conduct the inspection using an online guide.

Stepping Up the Pace of Relief

A positive jobs report, 3 million vaccinations per day and consumer confidence point toward economic recovery.

Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.