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
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.
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.