Dealers and Distributors


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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Bruce Van Wagoner to Retire

The 45-year industry veteran was marine group president for Wells Fargo Distribution Finance.

Patrick Acquires SeaDek Parent

The Indiana-based company continues its strategy of growth through acquisitions.

BoatUS, USPS Resume Safety Checks

The groups are offering the service during safety events, or boaters can conduct the inspection using an online guide.

Stepping Up the Pace of Relief

A positive jobs report, 3 million vaccinations per day and consumer confidence point toward economic recovery.

Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.