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Southport Boats adds New Jersey dealer

Center console builder Southport Boats of Augusta, Maine, named a new dealer in the New Jersey market.

Center console builder Southport Boats of Augusta, Maine, named a new dealer in the New Jersey market.

Hobby Lobby Marine of Toms River, N.J., signed on with Southport to be the builder’s first dealer in the state. Hobby Lobby Marine was a successful Southport dealer for the original Southport ownership from 2005 through 2012, selling more than 30 boats in New Jersey.

Founded in 1961 by Tom Tweer Sr., Hobby Lobby Marine is in its second generation of family ownership. Brothers Bob and Tom Tweer have positioned the dealership as a major player in offshore center console boat sales with a full-service marina, showroom and completely renovated service buildings.

"We are very excited about the return of Tom and Bob Tweer, co-owners of Hobby Lobby Marine, to the Southport family of dealers,” Southport Boats managing director Skip Robinson said in a statement.

“We invited them to join us almost two years ago and agreed to be patient while they rebuilt their marina and dealership, lost to Superstorm Sandy. As one of the most successful dealers of the former builder, we knew we had to have them back to properly serve the New Jersey market. They are familiar with the brand and should be fully up to speed when their Southports arrive in a couple of months."

The Hobby Lobby Marine facility is at 1423 Bay Ave., Toms River, N.J., 08753.

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