Utterson, Ontario-based Woodland Marine Group is now a dealer of the Tidewater boat brand. The dealer operates three locations, including Skeleton Lake Marina (on Skeleton Lake), Woodland Marine (near Skeleton Lake) and Windermere Marina (on Lake Rosseau).
"It complements what we have already,' says Kurtis Jones, General Manager of the Woodland Marine Group. "We have a pontoon and runabout line, but required a utilitarian centre console line. We deal with a lot of water-access-only customers on Lake Rosseau and Skeleton Lake. Tidewater provides them something they can leave at the landing and not worry about, which they can load up with gear and go to the cottage.'
Woodland Marine is already a dealer for Larson and Kavalk runabouts as well as Starcraft pontoons and aluminum fishing boats.
Jones anticipates Tidewater models ranging from 18 to 24 feet will resonate particularly well with local boaters. In recent years he's noticed a trend of boaters upgrading their boats to larger models. "Consumers are definitely upgrading in the pontoon area, going to tri-toons – the 21-foot range is doing really well for us,' Jones explains. "For Larson this year, it's funny that the 18-foot entry-level models haven't been our best sellers. It's been the mid-level and upgrades, such as the 195 and 205.'
Woodland takes over representing the Tidewater brand from Port Sandfield Marina of Port Sandfield, Ontario.