Bennington Boats to expand down under

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US pontoon brand to launch Australian retail showrooms on east coast.

US-based pontoon builder Bennington Boats is expanding its presence in Australia with a network of dealers along the east coast and retail showrooms opening in Sydney, Melbourne and on the Gold Coast over the next month.

Bennington Boats is part of the Boat Holdings group which was bought by recreational vehicle manufacturer Polaris for US$805 million earlier this year.

Bennington Australia will be headed up by general manager Andy Clayton who said the negotiations and planning to bring Bennington to Australia had been taking place since December 2017.

“We have now finalised everything with new Bennington vessels in build now heading for our shores,” he said.

“One of Bennington's premium 27 QX twin engine 10ft wide boats ordered by an Aussie client and retailed in excess of $300,000 will arrive in time for Christmas.

“The premium triple hull pontoon boat market in the US has become the growth story of the last few years outpacing all US niches of pleasure boats in growth and market share.

“Extensive research and development and new product creation has seen the new era of this style of boat go from a stodgy 20ft twin engine square platform to a mega cruiser with twin outboards capable of speeds up to 56mph with handling and performance similar to a deep vee fibreglass boat."

To coincide with new 2019 Bennington models arriving in Australia, Bennington Australia will be opening a new office at The Boat House in Sydney Harbour, Carrum Downs in Melbourne and a new purpose-built showroom at The Boat Works on Queensland's Gold Coast.

“The 2019 product line and 10 year warranty puts Bennington streets ahead of its competition but the new designs and performance make this style of boat incredibly well suited to Australian boating,” said Clayton.

“These vessels have incredible space and entertaining areas and will be equally at home in areas such as Pittwater, the Gold Coast's Broadwater, The Whitsunday's and elsewhere.

“Bennington has re-imagined the whole pontoon leisure boat sector and is now providing the performance and handling ability of a traditional single hull fibreglass pleasure boat with all the benefits and additional facilities able to be incorporated into a pontoon platform hull.

“It is very exciting and we are extremely confident that these boats will be a runaway best seller in Australia.

“We can't wait to showcase the versatility and practicality of this new breed of family cruisers for Australians who enjoy or aspire to a boating lifestyle.”

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