Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from SkipperBud's, Blue Sea Systems, Jerry's Marine Service and WestWinn Group.

SkipperBud's was chosen to represent Marquis Yachts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

"We are proud to reconfirm and expand our strong partnership with SkipperBud's for an important market for the Marquis brand," said Erik Nelson, vice president of Marquis Yachts, in a statement.

"This is an extremely dedicated organization committed to providing extraordinary service to all their customers," he added. "Their reputation speaks for itself and the dedicated team of sales professionals, marinas and service facilities will continue to provide an unmatched network of support and information for all Marquis customers."

SkipperBud's will debut the new Marquis 420 Sport Bridge in January.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to represent the Marquis brand in SkipperBud's locations throughout the Midwest," said Mike Pretasky Jr., president of Skipper Marine Corp., in a statement. "The Marquis brand has emerged as an industry leader in luxury yachts and we are pleased to continue our association with such a partner."

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Bellingham, Wash.-based Blue Sea Systems, a manufacturer of marine electrical products, expanded W.M. Black & Co.'s responsibility to cover all OEM and aftermarket accounts for the Midwest territory.

W.M. Black's founder and principal, Pat Black, will lead the Ohio-based representative group's sales and customer support activities in the region with his partner, Andrew Keene.

"Pat and Andrew's experience serving Midwest customers and their knowledge of the region make the group the right agency to represent our products," said David Johnson, senior vice president of Blue Sea Systems, in a statement.

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Fort Lauderdale-based Jerry's Marine Service formed a sales relationship with ZF Marine for the distribution of the company's line of marine transmissions and control systems.

"We are very excited to become part of the ZF family," said Jon Lewis, president of Jerry's Marine Service, in a statement. "We expect that with continued hard work ZF will become a significant contributor to our continued success into the foreseeable future."

The company also announced that Jerry's Marine Service was awarded a distributorship in October for Lombardini Marine Engines. Jerry's Marine Service's distribution area includes the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard and inland areas east of the Mississippi. It will also cover from Bermuda to Trinidad.

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The WestWinn Group, builder of the Jetcraft and Harbercraft brands of welded heavy-gauge aluminum boats, announced it added five new dealerships.

The dealerships are based in San Diego; Portland and Coos Bay, Ore.; and Quebec and Saskatchewan.

"By bringing dealerships closer to all its customers, WestWinn Group is helping maintain the reputation for exceptional customer service and satisfaction it has built since 1959," the company said in a statement.


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Continued Growth at Vetus

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Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

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Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.