Sirocco Marine has opened a new 72,000-square-foot dealership in Fort Lauderdale after outgrowing a 10,000-square-foot location in Dania Beach, Fla.
Sirocco said it is the largest dedicated inflatable-boat dealer in the United States and one of the largest in the world.
The new sales operation will carry the full line of Brig rigid-hull inflatables and Fluid Watercraft. Visitors can see 300 boats ranging from 10 to 36 feet, including tenders, recreational watercraft and commercial and government vessels.
The Brig Eagle 10 will make its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Wednesday and will continue through Nov. 5.
“Not only are we thrilled to bring this business to the heart of Fort Lauderdale, we’re excited to offer our customers hundreds of in-stock boats that are ready for immediate delivery,” Boyd Tomkies, owner of Sirocco Marine, said in a statement. “It’s a massive facility; our showroom alone is 16,000 square feet, plus we have a warehouse and a production area.”
“It was a necessary move,” he added. “In just over a year we saw an incredible surge in demand. People want their boats now. We were able to supply high-quality boats at competitive prices right away, so the business grew quickly.”
Tomkies is a native of New Zealand and has many years of experience in the inflatable boat business. He owned Annapolis Inflatables in Maryland for five years, he is managing partner of Fluid Watercraft and his Sirocco Marine Fort Lauderdale is a founding dealership — and the exclusive Florida dealer — for Brig Boats, which officially entered the U.S. market at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show.
Sirocco Marine said Brig Boats is based in Kharkov, Ukraine, and is Europe’s largest manufacturer of RIBs and the world’s biggest builder of RIBs longer than 10 feet.