Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Western Marine Electronics, Seakeeper, Campion Marine, De Maas B.V. and Northport Systems.

Western Marine Electronics appointed Source Marine of Hope Island, Queensland, Australia, as its newest manufacturer's representative.

Source Marine is establishing a countrywide distribution network of sales and service outlets for Wesmar's mechanical and sonar products, including its bow and stern thrusters, roll fin stabilizers and commercial and pleasure boat sonar lines.

"We are proud to work with Wesmar," Source Marine principal Dugald Allen said in a statement. "Their stellar reputation in the country makes it easy to talk to new and longtime dealers alike about the enhanced local support. We are getting extremely favorable responses from the existing dealer network about having a local Australian number to call."

Woodinville, Wash.-based Wesmar, with 45 years of product development experience, is a leading manufacturer of electronics and mechanical equipment for the marine market.

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Seakeeper is expanding into the Mediterranean Sea, adding Global Marine Mallorca as its official distributor for the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain.

"Due to the lack of berths and the high costs in the Balearic Islands, more people are anchoring offshore and they want to be comfortable," said Tanja Lutz of Global Marine Mallorca's sales and marketing department. "Seakeeper gyros stabilize every type of vessel and have really low maintenance, electrical consumption and noise."

Global Marine Mallorca provides sales and service of Azimut, Atlantic, Benetti and other yacht brands and has multiple locations across Mallorca.

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Campion Marine of Kelowna, British Columbia, appointed Chris Chapman as its Ontario dealer representative.

Chapman has been in the marine industry for more than 22 years with engine manufacturers and boatbuilders. He has worked extensively with dealers across Canada and in parts of the United States.

"I have known Chris for eight or nine years and have always been impressed," Campion Marine general manager Brock Elliott said. "Chris is very well known and highly respected by our dealers in Ontario and our industry. We are delighted to have Chris on board with Campion."

Campion Marine builds more than 37 models and 48 variations of boats ranging from 16 to 30 feet.

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De Maas B.V. in Rotterdam, Netherlands, was appointed as the Benelux distributor for marine diesel engines by Hyundai SeasAll.

De Maas will celebrate its 90th year in 2012. In addition to Hyundai SeasAll, its primary lines include Lister-Petter diesel engines from the United Kingdom., Doosan industrial and marine engines from Korea and Mecc Alte alternators from the U.K. and Italy.

"We see this as another key element in our engine portfolio and expect that as we come out of the current economic downturn, we will be ideally placed to benefit from both boatbuilder business and repower installations," general manager Willem Verheij said in a statement.

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Software manufacturer Northport Systems entered a partnership with Active Research Ltd. to distribute its Actisense brand of National Marine Electronics Association-compliant electronics products.

Based in the United Kingdom, Active Research designs and makes electronic equipment that is built to meet industry standards and withstand the harsh marine environment.

"We are pleased to be the exclusive distributor of Actisense products in Canada," said Robin Martel, president of Northport Systems. "Active Research's dedication to quality design, engineering principles, innovative problem solving and leadership has been instrumental in advancing electronic solutions in the industry. We are thrilled to partner with them and offer innovative Actisense products to boating enthusiasts in Canada."


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