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MarineMax expanded its presence with Meridian Yachts, a successful brand already offered in many MarineMax stores. Specifically, MarineMax now offers the line in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and South Carolina.

"We were one of the key drivers that led to the creation of the Meridian Yachts brand. We have seen the brand grow into a major force in the segments that it operates, taking substantial market share from brands with a much longer heritage,” said William H. McGill, Jr., president and CEO of MarineMax, in a statement.

Headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., MarineMax is the nation's largest recreational boat and yacht retailer. It currently operates 88 retail locations around the country.

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Canadian-based Clifts Marine Sales and Angus Yachts of Toronto are joining forces.

Angus & Clift’s Pre-owned Yachts is based in Port Credit and will be augmented by regional brokers in seven of Ontario’s popular boating centers: Kingston, Orillia, Lefroy Harbour, Midland, Bronte, St.Catharines, and Sarnia.

The family of the late David de Eyre, former president and owner of Clifts, is excited to enter into this merger with Angus that will ensure David’s vision is fulfilled, the company said in a statement.

“Dave built on the initial success of George Clift to create the largest yacht brokerage in Canada over the past 16 years,” said Al Patterson, president of Angus Yachts. “Our goal is to preserve Dave’s legacy — to build on his community values and his commitment to enhancing broker professionalism and the yacht buying experience.”

Angus & Clift’s Pre-owned Yachts will operate as a division within Angus Yachts of Toronto Ltd. The segregation of the sales teams within Angus Yachts helps to maintain a sharp focus on each of its distinct product groups — new sail, new power, pre-owned boats and SailTime.

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Riviera Yachts of the Americas increased the territory to be covered by Dania Beach, Fla.-based HMY Yacht Sales.

Its territory now stretches from the North Carolina/South Carolina border south through the eastern coast of Florida, including the Florida Keys.

“HMY was initially a Riviera dealer for South Carolina through North Florida. In 2004 we were able to expand south into Palm Beach County,” HMY Yacht Sales founding partner Steve Moynihan said in a statement. “Today, we can expand again due to our commitment to stock, sell and service the full range of Riviera Flybridge, Sport Yachts and Offshore Express models.”

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Fairline Boats announced its presence in new territories in the Balkans region of Southeast Europe. Following a comprehensive market evaluation, the luxury brand has extended its representation within the Balkan states with the recent appointment of four new dealerships.

Wiking Yacht Club represents Fairline in Hungary, trading as Fairline Budapest. Fairline Serbia and Fairline Montenegro will be represented by the Vitro Group, owned by Dragoljub Lecic, a substantial company with varied business interests, including automotive, property and fashion.

Fairline Bulgaria will operate from the Black Sea port of Varna, where a new 2,000-berth marina is set for development by 2010. Fairline Bulgaria will also represent Romania, where a new marina in the port of Constansa is undergoing development.

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Northrop and Johnson Group recently announced the newest member of its group: Northrop and Johnson Spain. Located in Palma Mallorca, the company is owned and managed by Simon Turner and Joost Goverts, who together have more than 45 years yacht-selling experience.

"Northrop and Johnson is a familiar name in the European market and Joost and I look forward to carrying on the tradition of experience and integrity,” Turner said in a statement.

The Northrop and Johnson Group has independently owned offices in Florida, Southern California, Boston, Newport, R.I. and Spain.


Polaris Names CEO and CFO

Previously interim executives, Michael Speetzen was named the CEO and Bob Mack the CFO of the Minnesota-based powersports company.

Sanlorenzo Reports Q1 Financials

The Italian builder continues to gain market share and expects to debut five models at Cannes in September and launch three new lines in 2022.

New Hope for Killing Algae Blooms

Researchers are experimenting with injecting ozone nanobubbles into waterways that burst and cut off the algae’s food supply.

Mercury’s Impact on the Local Economy

A new study shows that the manufacturer has a more than $5 billion annual impact on the Fond du Lac, Wis., community.

Lippert Posts Record Q1

The quarter marked a “watershed moment” for the component supplier, as net sales hit $1 billion.