Dealer digest


Nordic Tugs of Burlington, Wash., reached an exclusive agreement with Moscow-based dealer Boat Market to sell Nordic Tugs in Russia. Boat Market will take delivery of the first tug, a Nordic Tug 37, in August.

“We’ve been approached on several occasions by various Russian dealer representatives interested in selling Nordic Tugs,” said David Goehring, Nordic Tugs executive vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement. “Our research suggested that Russia is an emerging boating market, and we feel the Russian market is going to boom in the next decade or so.

“Between Russia’s strong economy and Nordic Tugs being the ideal boat for the cruising conditions in that region, exporting to Russia was a logical next step for Nordic Tugs,” Goehring added.

Nordic Tugs started exporting its tug-style cruisers a year ago, first to the European market and now into Russia. The company also says it is evaluating the feasibility of other export opportunities in other parts of the world.


Grand Banks Yachts appointed Jadran Nautika as its authorized dealer in Croatia.

With a headquarters in Zagreb and additional sales offices in Split and Portoroz, Jadran Nautika is positioned to support the expanding base of Grand Banks customers across the region, according to the boatbuilder, which has a plant in Singapore and corporate offices in Seattle.

“We are very impressed with the team at Jadran Nautika: their experience with top-line brands, knowledge of the market, and ability to stock new Grand Banks at their docks,” said Neil McCurdy, vice president of worldwide sales and service for Grand Banks Yachts, in a statement. “The fact that they offer maintenance, repair and a full menu of service support was also a strong factor in their appointment as an authorized GB dealer.”

Located on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is regarded among boaters for its abundance of scenic, historic — and relatively undiscovered — cruising destinations, according to Grand Banks Yachts. The boatbuilder said Croatia also has proven itself an important emerging market for the industry.

“We look forward to a successful new relationship with Jadran Nautika,” said McCurdy. “They are a very important new member of our growing dealer network.”

The appointment of Jadran Nautika marks the latest in a series of new additions to the Grand Banks dealer network. Since marking its 50-year anniversary in 2006, the company has expanded its global distribution network with the appointment of new dealers in Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Turkey, France, Australia and New Zealand, among others.


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.