Manitou Pontoon Boats, Lansing, MI, has announced the addition of new dealer Martin Motor Sports, which has locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“Manitou Pontoon Boats is proud to welcome Martin Motor Sports into the Manitou Family,” says Dan Cummings, Independent Sales Representative for Manitou in Canada. “Over the years Martin has become the place to go for wake and ski boats and now they will be synonymous with pontoons as well.”
Ave Spratt, co-owner of Martin Motor Sports, says his dealership will carry the Manitou line at his West Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon dealerships in addition to its current marine lines including Moomba, Supra, MasterCraft, Sea-Doo and Evinrude. “I'm used to ski and wakeboard boats, and I like a boat that does something when you turn the wheel. The Manitou I tested before taking on the line felt very solid, safe and secure when we took it for some turns at high speeds. Performance made the difference – that's what gave them the nod.”
Spratt says he has noticed a trend in the pontoon market. “As the population is aging, we noticed that the pontoon era has come of age,” explains Spratt. “On a lot of US lakes, we've noticed pontoons boats are becoming people's primary vessel and other types the secondary. Also, more dealerships here in Canada have been taking on pontoons.”
Martin had some success with the new line, selling units at the Saskatoon Sports & Leisure Show held March 4 to 7. “At first I was wondering what I had gotten myself into going to such a well established pontoon market,” says Spratt. “However, with only three units on display we had phenomenal sales. We were very pleased, and we'll be bringing seven models to the Edmonton show.”