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.


Suzuki Powers Forest River’s New Nepallo Pontoon Boats

The new Nepallo line of pontoon boats with Suzuki engines will be sold at select Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors stores.

West Marine CEO to Keynote Annual MRA Event

With a “Climate for Change” theme, the Marine Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show is set for Oct. 11-13.

Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

A field of 2,000 anglers in 1,000 boats saw a nearly 10-pound bass capture first place in the annual Skeeter owner’s tournament.

Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.