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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.

Family-Owned Since 1938


Based in Waterford, Conn., Defender is a family-owned company, started by Sheldon Lance. Mr. Lance wanted to make boating accessible to more people and “disrupted” the marine supply industry, which at the time catered to “yachtsmen.” Mr. Lance started buying surplus products from the government and manufacturers so he could sell boating supplies at affordable prices, and he ended up earning the respect of quality marine manufacturers worldwide. Today, Defender is an authorized dealer for 85,000 products from every major marine manufacturer. Now under the leadership of Mr. Lance’s son, Stephan, Defender has grown to become the largest independent marine supply firm in the U.S.

Our Low Price Promise


Defender is an authorized U.S. dealer/distributor for everything we sell. We offer new products backed by manufacturers' warranties. If you find a lower delivered price on an identical in-stock product from another authorized USA dealer, please email us at orders@defender.com or call us at 800-628-8225. In most cases we will match or beat the price.

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


Same day shipping on orders placed Monday-Friday by 4:30 pm Eastern Time *. 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.