Nautic Global Group, the Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of Rinker and Godfrey boats, recently completed its second dealer meeting of the summer, introducing dealers to a “fury of new products.”

With more than 15 new models, improvements to existing lines, and the addition of two new lines, NGG says it has accelerated its product development cycle and positioned itself to continue to capture market share in its key boat categories: pontoon boats, deck boats, sportboats, cruisers, and aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats.

“We’re focused on innovation and providing our dealers with tools they need to win in today’s marketplace,” said CEO Bob Moran, in a statement. “As a company we’re investing in human resources, improved dealer partnerships and sophisticated market intelligence.”

For model year 2009, Godfrey Marine and Rinker dealers will have two new fiberglass fishing-boat lines to offer: the Hurricane Fishing Series, with five new models, and Atlantic Sportfishing Boats, with six new models.

In other news, Godfrey Marine dealers celebrated 50 years at the boatbuilder’s late-July dealer meeting in South Bend, Ind. More than 20 dealers were honored for long-term (more than 25 years) commitments to Godfrey. The builder said more dealers attended the meeting than last year, nearly two times the vendors exhibited, and boat orders exceeded expectations.

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Monterey Boats of Williston, Fla., recognized its top dealers for the U.S., Canadian and international markets during its annual dealer meeting.

“Every member of our worldwide network of dealer/partners strives for excellence in sales and customer service each and every day,” said Charles Marshall, co-chairman of Monterey Boats, in a statement. “But we take special pride in recognizing the Top Dealer Award winners for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments during the past year.”

Here are the top Monterey dealers.

• Arch Creek Yacht Sales, North Miami
• Tige Watersports, Corona, Calif.
• JOA Marine, Marietta, Ga.
• North Florida Yacht Sales, Jacksonville, Fla.
• Anchor Boat Sales, North East, Md.
• Roger’s Performance Marine, Hurricane, Utah
• Diamond Marine, East Haven, Conn.
• Waterwerks, Country Club Hills, Ill.
• Lakecrest Marine, New Baltimore, Mich.
• High Adventure, Salt Lake City

• Marine Management, Edmonton, Alberta
• Gordon Bay, Mactier, Ontario
• Tru-North RV Auto & Marine, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

• Gnisten Marine, Svendborg, Denmark
• Don Marino, Costa Del Sol, Spain
• Southwater, Southhampton, Great Britain

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SunDance Marine will represent the complete Formula Boats line in all of its South Florida locations.

“Formula’s product line is a perfect match for SunDance,” said Rich Clawges, corporate general manager of SunDance Marine, in a statement. “They offer a wide variety of super-sport, cruisers, bowriders and yachts with exceptional quality and performance, and, coupled with our Regal and Wellcraft product lines, we think we now offer our customers the widest selection of products to meet their needs and desires.”

SunDance operates dealerships in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and
Stuart/Jensen Beach, Fla.

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A Fresh Tack LLC of Severna Park, Md., has named four Chesapeake Bay retailers as dealers for the company’s Nettle Net Boat Pools, which can be used from boats or docks to protect swimmers free from stinging sea nettles and jellyfish.

The new dealers are Fawcett Boat Supplies, Annapolis, Md.; Haven Harbor Marina, Rock Hall, Md.; Breezy Point Marina, Chesapeake Beach, Md.; and Port Kinsale Marina, Kinsale, Va.

Available in 8-, 12- and 20-foot diameters, the 8-foot deep portable pools have netting attached to a flotation ring to form a barrier that nettles and jellyfish can’t pass through.


A Collective Voice Against Tariffs

Organizations in the E.U. and U.S. have issued a statement ahead of next week’s Brussels Summit urging for the termination of retaliatory tariffs.

ABYC Free Webinar Series Returns

The association’s online learning events will continue with “Fuel System Troubleshooting” on June 17.

Getting to Know the Newbies

At last week’s Partners Outdoors symposium, RBFF’s Stephanie Vatalaro shared information that can help the marine industry get to know its new audiences.

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns will start using eco-packaging that you can cut up and use in the garden.

Brunswick Corp. CEO to Headline Innovation Summit

David Foulkes will speak on implementation at the Sept. 9 summit, organized by Correct Craft.

Navico Hires Americas PR Manager

Navico brings its public-relations duties in-house with the hiring of Kim Rodriquez.

Galeon Expands Dealer Network

The builder looks to British Columbia-based dealer Freedom Marine to grow the brand in western Canada.

No Inventory? Now Is Not The Time to Stop Marketing

The MRAA’s Webinar “Marketing When You Have No Inventory” covered how dealers can build long-term equity with new and returning customers as demand outpaces supply.