Mike's Marine, Carleton Place, ON, has reintroduced the Sidewinder boat line to the Canadian marine marketplace.
With wholesale distribution rights for the closed-deck runabout line, Mike's Marine is currently looking for dealer representation throughout Canada. The models that will be offered include the Sidewinder 14-foot and 16-foot SS models (each packaged with a trailer). A 16-foot low profile and 18-foot model are in the design stage and a 20-foot model is currently being considered.
The Sidewinder line is manufactured by Global Marine Specialties based in Washington State and is being imported by Mike's Marine. The 14-foot model powered by a 40 E-TEC, starts at $18,000 and comes with a Remeq trailer.
“They're almost identical to the classic ones, but they're nicer now than they were before,” said Mike Montreuil, owner of Mike's Marine. “The interiors are also different and we're using better vinyl. It's a better fit throughout. Also, the original boats didn't have built-in gas tanks. The 16-footer has a specially-made aluminum triangular-style tank that fits right in the bow of the boat.”
According to Montreuil, the 14-foot model now has a slightly raised deck for increased legroom and improved wind deflection. The 16-foot SS has a more durable windshield and will soon have a fibreglass liner in place of the wooden floor found in previous models. All models are available in a range of colour options.
Sidewinders will be backed by a limited lifetime warranty for original owners, a five-year gel-coat warranty and a three-year upholstery warranty. Lifetime warranties for second and third owners are being considered.
“Bombardier has set us up as an OEM, which means we can pre-rig these boats with Bombardier and sell it to a dealer with a package motor,” said Montreuil. “Right now they're being packaged with Bombardiers. Establishing a decent dealer network in Ontario and Quebec is currently our main priority.”
Originally produced by Los Altos Marine in California, the Sidewinder was first produced under patent in 1969. The Thompson Boat Company purchased the manufacturing rights for Sidewinder in 1974 and produced the line up until 1990. Global Marine purchased the rights and assets of Sidewinder Boats in 2002.