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South African builder set to debut in the U.S.

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South Africa-based boatbuilder AquaQuad is introducing its boats to the United States.

The company builds outboard-powered personal utility watercraft from 10 to 14 feet for recreational boating, fishing, watersport and commercial applications.

From August through November, AquaQuad will debut its U.S. entrance with a multistop tour along the East Coast, and through the Midwest and South to Florida, to show its boats to prospective dealers.

The trip culminates Nov. 6-9 at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.

The company said it offers a comprehensive dealer program that includes a generous profit margin, low inventory requirement, dealer co-op fund and rebate system based on retail discounts and promotions.

“Dealers will be a big part of AquaQuad's success, especially as we move into the U.S. market,” chief executive Oliver Nudds said in a statement. “With experience as a dealer, I know how they are traditionally treated, but we're different and we fully support our dealer network.”


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