Quick Hits: August 11, 2020

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Yamaha Rightwaters partnered with Anderson Marine to repower the Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful’s 25-foot work boat, now outfitted with a V MAX SHO 90-hp outboard. The group will use the boat for cleanup missions along the 652-mile Tennessee River that flows through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky. Its tributary rivers flow through North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. “Many communities along the river thrive on the recreation industry, and without good stewardship of this natural resource, those communities would struggle,” said KTNRB director Kathleen Gibi in a statement. “The team at Yamaha understands this connection. With the support of Yamaha Rightwaters, we have the ability to take our efforts to the next level.”

Similar to gains in the marine industry, towable recreational vehicle sales grew 23 percent in June, and motorized RVs grew 12 percent, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson, who was citing data from Statistical Surveys, Inc. Travel trailers saw the biggest increase, 28 percent, followed by camping trailers, which grew 21 percent. “These two categories are the main beneficiaries of influx of first-time buyers seeking to enter the RV lifestyle at affordable price points,” wrote Johnson. The marine industry has seen a similar trend during the coronavirus, with many value categories up 40 percent in July. 


Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar

For 20 Years, FarSounder has been developing and manufacturing 3D forward-looking sonar for vessels of all sizes.

Dometic Marine Appoints Executives

The company promotes a 20-plus-year employee and adds a vice president of aftermarket sales and e-commerce.

IMEA Launches Scholarship Program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance aims to recruit students into the field of marine technology.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.

Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project

Testing of the engine manufacturer’s microplastics filtering device continues as it moves closer to production. The company also released its full-year financials.

Uflex Adds to Sales and Marketing Team

The company said significant growth during the last few years created the need to add three employees.

NMTA Beats Proposal To Double Excise Tax

It’s just one example of the value of belonging to a state or local marine trade association. Are you a member of an MTA?