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Quick Hits: August 11, 2020

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. 


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Dockside Chat on 3D Sonar Technology

Join Editor-in-Chief of PassageMaker Jeff Moser for a dive into 3D forward looking sonar technology with Bob Arrington and Matthew Zimmerman.


ePropulsion Opens R&D Center

Located in Shanghai, China, the new facility “plugs the gap in our research-and-development capabilities for high-power energy systems and electric propulsion systems.”


MarineMat Acquires Manufacturing Facility

The foam decking manufacturer said the new plant in northern Slovakia is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2023.


Propeller Precision

Yamaha’s new $20 million foundry leverages innovative technologies and processes to produce 100,000 propellers each year.


Grady-White Hires New VP

Jonathon Burns will lead team development and strategy after a long career with Yamaha Motor Corp.


AMI Conference Registration Opens

The annual event is scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and will feature several preconference sessions and multiple conference tracks.


BRP’s Marine Revenue Up, Volumes Down

The Canadian company said its second-quarter marine sales fell in North America as a result of supply-chain disruptions, but price increases boosted revenue.


Don’t Count Out the Coupon Clippers

Using coupons to offer customers special deals is a proven way to increase business.


Mercury Racing Begins Expansion

The construction of more manufacturing and propeller-shop space will increase the size of the Fond du Lac, Wis., facility to almost 150,000 square feet.