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News notes Jan 2007 Mid Atlantic

N.J. dealer picks up Riviera Yachts line

Clarks Landing of Point Pleasant, N.J., has been named an official dealer by Riviera Yachts of the Americas, covering New Jersey, according to Mike Scruggs, president and CEO of the company.

Clarks Landing will handle the line of Australian-built Flybridge Convertibles, ranging from 33 to 60 feet.

George Trusdale, president of Clarks Landing, says “Riviera fits in with the other boat lines we’ve been selling for many years and has so much to offer the people who boat and fish in the New Jersey waterways. It’s Riviera’s quality and reputation that makes Clarks Landing want to be part of its dealer network.”

New Grand Banks dealer for Chesapeake region

Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales has been appointed as Grand Banks Yachts’ Authorized Dealer for the Chesapeake Bay region.

With this new territory, Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales will now handle Grand Banks through Chesapeake-area sales offices in Baltimore, Md., and Virginia Beach, Va. — in addition to their current sales offices in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Warranty and repair work within the region will be coordinated through Jarrett Bay’s 175-acre industrial park on North Carolina’s Intracoastal Waterway in Beaufort. With ample dockage space and 50- to 220-ton Travelifts available, Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales is equipped to offer any service required from Grand Banks owners.

Dealer to offer new R25 C-Ranger Tugs

Jeff Messmer, vice president of sales and marketing for C-Dory Marine Group, says, “response to this year’s boat show introduction of the new C-Ranger R25 Tug has been tremendous.”

The new C-Ranger R25 Tug is a semi-planing, trailerable hull with faster cruising capabilities and comfortable accommodations for up to six people. Standard power on the R25 will come from Yanmar’s 80-hp 4-cylinder FWC diesel; it will cruise economically around 16 mph while burning only 4 gph, according to the company. A 110-hp Yanmar diesel is available as an option.

The introduction of the new C-Ranger R25 Tug complements last year’s successful launch of the C-Ranger R21EC Extended Cabin. C-Ranger Tugs represent the most recent addition to the C-Dory Marine Group portfolio that also includes C-Dory, TomCat and Skagit Orca.

Scout Boats adds 3 dealers

Summerville, S.C.–based Scout Boats, Inc. has added three new international and national dealers to its roster: Port Boat House in Port Alberni, British Columbia; Sportfishing Boats Australia in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia; and Dry Harbour Marine in Charlevoix, Mich. This brings the total number of dealers in Scout’s growing network to 77.

Scout builds sportfishing, fish-and-ski, walkaround, flats and bay boat models ranging from 14 to 28 feet, and will be debuting its largest model to date in model year 2007: the 350 Abaco.

Tow service expands with six new locations

BoatU.S. Towing Services has opened six new locations in ports across the country. The addition of these new TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist locations brings the total number of BoatU.S. Towing Services ports to 263.

In addition, Merrick Aviation Marine in Ingram Bay, Va., was upgraded from a seasonal towing responder to full-time status. Its new name is TowBoatU.S. Ingram Bay, Va.

Marine chain opens facility in Baltimore

MarineMax, the nation’s largest boating and yachting retailer, opened a new service facility last summer in Baltimore Harbor.

“With more than 3,000 active slips in the area, we recognized the need for a full-service facility in the harbor,” says Mike Murawski, vice president of MarineMax’s Mid-Atlantic Region.

The 6,500-square-foot facility offers maintenance and repairs on everything from engines and auxiliary systems to generators and air conditioners. Detailing and bottom painting are also available. The Travelift is capable of hauling up to 80 tons.

The MarineMax Baltimore service facility is located at 1800 South Clinton Street in Baltimore.

In other news, MarineMax Bear, of Bear, Del., announced a new management, service team, sales facility, and parts and accessories department.

“Our customers are the impetus for the changes we’re making,” says Steve Zudnak, the dealership’s new store manager.

Staffing additions are accompanied by new facilities as well, with the addition of a new sales facility on the dealership’s existing site. MarineMax Bear is located at 355 Summit Pointe Circle in Bear, Del. For information call (302) 832-2550.

Boatbuilder shifting production to N.C.

Chris-Craft Corp. announced it is transferring production of its larger yachts, from 33 feet to 40 feet, from Florida to a new plant in Kings Mountain, N.C.

In the five years since Chris-Craft was rescued from bankruptcy the company has gone from making no boats to producing about 750 a year. With that trend expected to continue, the boatbuilder is outgrowing its Sarasota, Fla., plant.

Chris-Craft will maintain its headquarters and existing production plant in Sarasota. The company will begin making three of its 11 models at the new 215,000-square-foot building, which sits on 85 acres. The company expects to create 640 jobs within the next five years.

Meanwhile, the company says it will maintain its workforce of 350 in Florida by introducing several boats smaller than 30 feet at the 180,000-square-foot Sarasota plant. The company plans to unveil nine new models within the next three years.

— Melanie Winters