I called Apex myself just a few moments ago. You are right they are still
open for business selling Nautiques. I learned a lesson here. My source is
no good.... Also check before I post anything on the web! Sorry for the
mis-information. I will try not to do that again.
> Actually, they called me this afternoon on another matter. I asked about
> the status of all this since I saw this thread this morning.
> They indicated that:
> (1) they are still open and are still the CC dealer, but
> (2) they did make a change in the sales force. (I'm sure the reasons for
> the change depend on who you ask.)
> > Chris,
> > I have to admit I did not verify that by calling Apex Marine. Glad to
> > service is still open. The information comes from a reliable source.
> > they reopened. My source said Apex filed bankruptcy and that Bruce Berg
> > CC salesman no longer works for Apex Marine. Maybe it was only the
> > store. Guess I should call an check.
> > Bill
> > > Bill,
> > > Are you sure? The service department of Apex Marine is still open. I
> > > my boat in there for a new bow cover this week. Are you saying the
> > > "division" closed? They answered the phone this week at the sales
> > #.
> > > Portland doesn't seem like that big of a ski boat market. With the
> > downturn
> > > it wouldn't surprise me to find ourselves heading up to Seattle for a
> > > dealership.
> > > -cs
> > > > Mark,
> > > > Here in Portland OR I believe we have a similar story.
> > > > Recent sad news is the demise of the only CC dealer in the area.
> > > > Marine closed its doors and with it CC. Story is dealer over
> > on
> > > > yachts due to opening a Seattle store which failed. Approx. 2 years
> > > the
> > > > CC dealer (Superior Nautique - CC owned dealership) merged with
> > > Rumor
> > > > has it a group is working to form a new CC dealership. Part of me
> > glad
> > > I
> > > > chose a Malibu instead of CC at this point. Service would be a
> > > > Local MC dealer went under ~3 years ago. MC scrambled to get
> > > in
> > > > area. Reopened as Portland Ski Boat Center. They moved to larger
> > > digs
> > > > last year. Seems to be doing well.
> > > > Malibu is currently at a big dealership in the area that sells
> > > > etc... (Hayden Island Yacht center) Been there for at least 3
> > Not
> > > > sure the history of how long. Current Malibu product line manager
> > HIYC
> > > > is former MC dealer....
> > > > Portland Tige' franchise is now gone from what I was told by the
> > > Tige'
> > > > dealer at the Jan. boat show. That dealer is from Salem ~60miles
> > of
> > > > Portland.
> > > > Expect with the looming economic down turn we may see other changes
> > > > dealers go under or cutback on low margin products.
> > > > Bill
> > > > > This year was an interesting year in Knoxville. Malibu is off to
> > > > > 4th new dealership since I've been here, and it isn't in Knoxville
> > > > > anymore. CC is now being carried by an established dealership
> > has
> > > > > just moved further west and is building a brand new facility.
> > > > > Right now this puts Travis Marine home of Matt Curmi and MC as the
> > most
> > > > > established dealership. They have a pro shop and Dave Curmi has a
> > summer
> > > > > ski school in the evenings and their dealership is on the lake.
> > are
> > > > > surrounded by a lot of established money. They have carried Malibu
> > > > > Supra in years gone by. They have started having slalom clinics
> > our
> > > > > club.
> > > > > American Boat Center carried Malibu many moons ago, but hasn't
> > a
> > > > > tournament ski boat line for a little while, but they have staying
> > power
> > > > > and will be around a while. Hopefully they will carry CC for a
> > > > > Their new digs put them out a little further west where a lot of
> > > > > development and money is. That is near where the Lexus, Mercedes
> > > > > Ranger Rover dealerships recently moved. Hopefully they will also
> > > > > some people who know something about this market.
> > > > > Precision Sports now carries Tige' and Moomba. They formed an
> > > > > alliance in the wakeboarding community locally and brought boats
> > many
> > > > > events. They are the relative new guys in town but are generally
> > liked
> > > > > within our club. They are in a relative low rent district compared
> > > > > the others.
> > > > > Malibu has moved further out of the city West into Kingston with
> > > > > dealer I have never heard of.
> > > > > Supra might still be sold by this one guy working from a dock on
> > Loudon.
> > > > > It is hard to tell. I haven't heard anything about that in a year.
> > > > > So far that makes 3 MC dealerships, 4 Malibu dealerships, 3 Supra
> > > > > dealerships, 1 recent Tige and Moomba dealership, and the 2nd CC
> > > > > dealership in the Knoxville area in the last 9 years.
> > > > > I've got to ask if this is normal and what the expected life
> > expectancy
> > > > > of a dealership carrying a certain line is. From here it looks
> > > > > revolving door.
> > > > > --
> > > > > Mark Kovalcson
> > > > > http://www.perfectpull.com
> > > > > Waterski Training Equipment