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Old 13 October 2001, 16:37   #1
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Sowester - Mercury Engines

It would appear that Sowester who amongst other things supply Mercury have gone tits up. Hope no one brought a new engine recently. Hopefully someone brave will buy up the empire but it is causing minor problems with spares at the moment with there dealers. Thankfully most dealers ought to be able to source Mariner parts. Delayed the major service on my engine for a while.
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I understand that SWMF who are connected with Sowester have also gone under. Does anyone want to give some info on what lead up to or caused this?
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Have a look at the RIBnet news page! the news has been there since Wednesday . . .

From what I hear it seems that Barrus may take on Mercury outboards. They are already joint distributors for Mercruiser inboards.

Whether or not Sowester manage to keep going, I'm sure that it won't have a major long term effect for Mercury owners.

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"Whether or not Sowester manage to keep going, I'm sure that it won't have a major long term effect for Mercury owners. "

B****y well hope so as we bought an Optimax in preference to a Ficht this year because of OMC's problems!!

Actually I think you are right. It would be a different story if Mercury themselves had gone bust. I am assuming (until someone tells me and my legal team :-) differently) that my Mercury warranty will be honoured by whomever is the importer/distributor.

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Actually I meant Simpson Lawrence connected to Sowester. Anybody any more news on either of these two as I've got a recent merc and a new SL handheld radio.
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Sl / Sowester

Sowester bought out Simpson Lawrence a year or two ago. I understand that part of the probelsm they have had was integrating the two customers service/distribution operations.

Bad times for the marine products industry as the same week the holding company for many of the big chandlers, (Mailspeed, Cruisermart etc) went bust as well!

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Sowester and Action Leisure

Sowester/Simpson Lawrence although in Rceivership are still trading . They pulled out of the Trade show last week at Windsor and the talk was that the Rceiver was hoping to sell as a going concern.
As far as Action Leisure is concerned(Pumpkin/ Capt O M Watts/Shoreline/London Yact Centre etc) they are officially in Administration rather than Receivership, and agin the talk was that they might be sold.
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Marine Power Europe, which handles Mercury Marine in Europe, Africa and the Middle East from their offices in Belgium, has issued a press release saying that its engine products, parts and accessories bought from Sowester Simpson-Lawrence will all be covered by the factory warranty.

So Alan W can sleep at night again

If SSL and Action Leisure don't find buyers, then the first floor of Earls Court is going to look very empty in January!

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I can sleep easier in my bed now!

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Looks like Action Leisure have got a buyer.

The new owner is Sailing Adventures Ltd who run the internet portal http://www.yachtinggateway.com/

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