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Lake Union Sea Ray added more Brunswick Corp. brands to its lineup and expanded into more locations. The Seattle-based dealership now offers Bayliner, Trophy and Meridian Yachts, in addition to its existing Sea Ray and Boston Whaler brands.

To accommodate the new brands, Lake Union Sea Ray moved its on-the-water flagship store across Lake Union into a state-of-the-art facility, added three new sales and/or service locations, and hired more marine specialists.

Lake Union Sea Ray’s Seattle service department has expanded its footprint on Lake Union and has added a new service location in Everett. The dealership also opened an on-the-water sales and service location in Bellingham.

“We’ve had the fortune to turn the industry’s hardships into opportunity,” owner Kevin Roggenbuck said in a statement.

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J Boats Inc. of Newport, R.I., appointed East Coast Yacht Sales of Portsmouth, R.I., as its dealer for Narragansett Bay, R.I.

“Narragansett Bay has been a hotbed of J sailing for many years,” said Jeff Johnstone, president of J Boats, in a statement. “Jon Knowles and his Portsmouth team of Jeff Sammis and J.P. Skov will be a great addition to the team, and a valuable resource for all the owners in the area.”

Knowles has been associated with J Boats for 32 years, first as a yacht broker in 1977 with Handy Boat in Falmouth, Maine, and then later with his own company, East Coast Yacht Sales, which now has four offices between Camden, Maine, and Portsmouth, R.I.

East Coast Yacht Sales is located at the East Passage Yacht Center in the Melville Marine complex in Portsmouth. Upcoming J events in the area include the J/122 North American championships in June in Block Island and the 2010 J/80 world championships in Newport.

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Crusader Yacht Sales Inc. will hold its 20th annual Open House and Free Boat Show April 18-19 in the heated Pavilion at Port Annapolis Marina.

The pavilion will house exhibits and experts on financing, canvas, insurance, electronics, sails, rigging, surveyors, safety equipment, commissioning and sailing with disabilities.

More than 60 new and used boats for sale will be on display. Guest speakers will include George Day, editor and publisher of Blue Water Sailing; Steve Brodie, president of Pacific Seacraft; and Jarvis Newman of Downeast Builder.

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