Skip to main content

Donovan Marine acquires Arkansas distributor

Donovan Marine announced that it acquired Southern Marine Supply, based in Little Rock, Ark., including its Denton, Texas, Charlotte, N.C., and Birmingham, Ala., locations.

The new entity will offer recreational boating dealers 18 locations to service and supply accessory needs.

Donovan Marine chairman Benton Smallpage and Southern Marine’s Rick Willis say two-step distribution has never been in a stronger position.

“We are going to take the best of both companies and advance the recreational boating distribution model to a new level of performance,” Smallpage said in a statement.

Ben Nicholl will be CEO of the combined entity; Willis will be general manager of the Fresh Water Division.

Click here for the full release.

Related

1_RIGHWHALES

Industry Pushes Back Against Speed Restrictions

A NOAA Fisheries proposal would restrict boats 35 feet and larger to a 10-knot speed limit along the East Coast to protect right whales from vessel strikes.

4_MAGONIS

Magonis Opens Connecticut Office

The Spain-based, electric-boat builder offers an 18-footer that’s available with motors from Torqeedo and Mag Power.

01_YOUTH.FISHING

Bill Seeks to Increase Youth Fishing

The bipartisan Coastal Fishing Program Act of 2022 would ease barriers to accessing the outdoors in underserved communities.

Norm

Fall Is in Full Swing

With the autumnal equinox ushering in a new season today, the fall boat-show circuit is in high gear. Here are some recent reports and a look at what’s to come.

3_MANUFACTURER.CONFIDENCE

Manufacturer Confidence Drops

Still, U.S. builders remain largely optimistic despite ongoing constraints with the supply chain and workforce, as well as yesterday’s interest rate hike.

1_TEMO.DEFENDER

Defender Adds TEMO Electric Boat Motor

Defender Industries is the official U.S. dealer for the French company’s lightweight, portable electric motors.

2_TWIN.DISC.BELGIUM

Twin Disc Sells Belgium Facility

The transmission manufacturer is still using the facility in a leaseback transaction as it looks to reduce costs.