In brief: Centurion, Sacks Group, SeaWide, Atlantic Marketing Company, St. Louis Boat & Sportshow, AMI

During the past three weeks Centurion Boats says it has added the following dealers: New England Ski Boats, Cambridge, Mass.; Bayou Outdoor Supercenter, Bossier City, La.; One More Pull, Franklin, Va.; Surf Fresh, Orlando, Fla.; Montana Honda and Marine, Billings, Mont.; and Barry Jay’s Marine, Edmonton, Alberta. The company credits its advanced selling technology and authorized dealer benefits, as well as 2010 programs designed to address reduced wholesale credit availability, for bringing the dealers on board.

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals (TSGYP) reported very positive results following the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), which it said was highlighted by the group’s “Yachting, It’s A Golden Life” VIP Party and Yacht Hop. The party was held at TSGYP’s display at the Las Olas Marina, where five luxury charter and/or brokerage motor yachts from the firm’s fleet were decorated for the occasion.

Kevin Wedin from Marine Max in San Diego was the winner of SeaWide Distribution‘s recent Raymarine Sportfishing Sweepstakes, which featured an all expense paid trip for two to Miami Beach, Fla. The prize included a three night stay in a grand suite at the Leows Miami Beach Hotel, airfare from anywhere in the U.S., $500 spending money and a chance to win $50K with a game of chance. Wedin planned his trip to coincide with the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

At many of the annual marine distributor shows this fall, Atlantic Marketing Company has packaged boating gear, including replacement props, manual pumps, fire extinguishers, fenders and dock lines, from the product lines it represents into custom Dealer Store Packs for attending dealers. “Each Dealer Store Pack is customized for participating dealers with products according to what we learn about their customer base,” Atlantic Marketing President Brandon Flack said in a release. “We mix and match appropriate products from the lines of over 20 of the leading manufacturers we represent.”

The 56th annual St. Louis Boat & Sportshow is returning to the Edward Jones Dome on Feb. 10-14, 2010, according to a release from organizers. This year’s show will offer online pre-show shopping, an affordability pavilion, archery competitions, boating seminars, and a kids cove, in addition to hundreds of boats and an array of outdoors accessories.

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) recently joined a number of recreational marine organizations in endorsing the “Wear It” campaign, a product of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). The objective of the campaign is to increase life jacket wear since the majority of fatalities on the water are due to drowning, not trauma from collisions. “AMI is committed to safe boating and we will be asking member marinas to help encourage boaters to wear lifejackets and to keep lifejackets in stock in their stores,” AMI Chairman Jim Frye said in a release.

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