Marine businesses join forces

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Connecticut-based Westport Outfitters, a fishing and outdoors shop, and All Seasons Marine Works, a marina and dealer with two locations on the shoreline, recently formed a partnership.

Connecticut-based Westport Outfitters, a fishing and outdoors shop, and All Seasons Marine Works, a marina and dealer with two locations on the shoreline, recently formed a partnership.

Former Wall Street professional and lifelong fishing and boating enthusiast, Eric Johnson took ownership of Westport Outfitters in June 2005 and relocated the business to its present location in Norwalk. All Seasons Marine Works has more than 60 years of experience in the boating industry and has been recognized as a Top 10 dealer for Hydra-Sports for the past seven years.

Owners Ted O’Neill and Gary Arcamone took ownership of All Seasons Marine Works in Rowayton in 1996 and owner Nathan Gottlieb joined shortly after. In 2003, All Seasons Marine Works opened a second location in Westport, which is run by Gottlieb.Slips and storage are available in Norwalk, Rowayton, as well as at the Westport location.

The relationship will allow both businesses to better serve each of their prospective customer bases, Johnson says, offering an extensive line of boats, tackle and services.

“Traditionally the marine services industry as a whole has been very closed, not sharing ideas or customers,” he says. “This new relationship breaks down the barriers and allows us to all work together to ultimately provide our customers with a total package solution: sales, service, re-powers, instruction, guiding, education and complete outfitting from a tackle and gear standpoint.”

Westport Outfitters will exclusively recommend and have All Seasons perform all service obligations and commissioning of new boats. All Seasons will exclusively outfit all new boats with gear, tackle. Westport Outfitters will provide Educational seminars to All Seasons customers.

The line of brands carried by the two businesses include Hydra-Sports, Ranger, Parker, Sea Hunt, Bristol Harbor, Pilot, Bristol Skiff, Maverick, Pathfinder, Hewes and Yamaha Motors. www.allseasonsmarineworks.com ; www.westportoutfitters.com