Dealer Digest


Classic Yacht International opened an office in Cape Coral, Fla. This follows the company’s appointment as the authorized Grand Banks Yachts dealer for Florida’s west coast.

Classic Yachts International is planning to open a second west coast location in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

“We’re going to implement our many years of professional Grand Banks knowledge and expertise that has worked so well on the east coast and replicate it on the west coast,” president Steven Fithian said in a statement.

CYI headquarters is in Fort Lauderdale, with an additional office in Fort Pierce.

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Nautique added Nautiques of Orlando (Fla.) to its dealer network.

Nautiques of Orlando will focus on the inboard-boat market, offering new and used Nautique boats. The dealership is owned and operated by Jeff Husby, a veteran of the Orlando market and the Nautique brand.

“I am excited about the opportunity to continue my valuable relationship with Nautique,” said Husby in a statement. “I intend on taking the Nautique brand to a higher level in the Orlando market. We will meet our customer’s needs with a great facility while offering superior service and sales,” said Jeff Husby.

Nautique boats are produced by Correct Craft.

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MasterCraft joined with the Walter N. Meloon family to open MasterCraft of Orlando, a full sales and service facility that will offer the entire MasterCraft line.

The Meloons recently sold their shares in Correct Craft and will reopen their former dealership, Southeast Correct Craft, as MasterCraft of Orlando.

“In the many years we were in the marketplace with MasterCraft, we were always aware of their strong commitment to quality and product innovation,” said Walter Meloon in a statement.

“As we analyzed the various options available to us in light of our recent sale, we felt we had an outstanding win-win opportunity to partner with an industry leader like MasterCraft and firmly believe we have tremendous opportunity to gain market share,” he added.

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Beacon Point Marine added Everglades and Pro-Lite to its line of boats, which includes Regulator and Pro-Line.

Beacon Point Marine has locations in Cos Cob, Shelton and Clinton, Conn.

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Lentine Marine opted out of the new-boat business, citing rising financing costs and lackluster sales.

The Stuart, Fla.-based dealer will focus on selling pre-owned boats on consignment, according to a report on Lentine will continue to service and repower the full line of Yamaha outboards and will begin carrying Suzuki engines, according to the report.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.