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About Defender

About Defender

Defender provides quality marine supplies, inflatable boats and outboard motors. We offer competitive prices on the brands you trust, we have them in stock and we are an authorized dealer for everything we carry. Our knowledgeable, in-house staff is happy to answer your questions and help guide your purchase. That's how we continue to earn the trust of mariners worldwide - as we have since 1938.

Boaters Helping Boaters

Defender is a marine outfitter staffed by passionate boaters who understand your language and your projects. We have a knowledgeable, in-house sales staff ready to answer your questions and to help you make the right purchase.

Marine Outfitter of Choice

Our mission is to be your marine outfitter of choice, offering you the widest selection of quality products at the most competitive prices, and providing prompt, courteous customer service.

Founded in 1938

Defender was founded in 1938 by Sheldon Lance, whose vision was to make boating accessible to more people. In pursuit of that goal, he disrupted the marine supply industry which, at the time, catered to "yachtsmen." He started buying surplus products from the government and manufacturers so he could sell boating supplies at affordable prices, subsequently earning him the respect of quality marine manufacturers worldwide. Today, Defender is an authorized dealer for more than 85,000 products from every major marine manufacturer. Now under the leadership of Sheldon Lance's son, Stephan, Defender, in Waterford, Connecticut, has grown to become the largest independent marine supply firm in the U.S.

Global Distributor of Inflatable Boats

We carry a wide variety of inflatable boats, including our own line, and we are the largest single-location dealer of inflatable boats in North America. We are the largest distributor of Zodiac inflatable boats worldwide. We have thousands of outboard motors and inflatable boats in stock.

Outstanding Customer Service

We charge all shipping up front, with few exceptions, so you aren't penalized for any separate shipments due to back orders or shipped directly from the manufacturer. We ship worldwide and to boats in transit. We are committed to earning your trust and respect by offering friendly service, ongoing support, and great value.

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