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Quick Hits: August 13, 2020

The U.K. builder Fairline Yachts launched an online boat configurator for its F//Line 33. Users can choose, for example, interior and exterior colors and engines, and retail pricing is included with each addition. “It’s important that our digital portfolio meets the needs and demands of the online shopper,” Fairline head of marketing Miles Moorhouse said in a statement. “In the last six months, we’ve obviously seen a sharp increase in online customer interactions — even selling new boats from our online video tours. The fun, stylish and modern F//Line is a natural fit in the digital space, and as our product offer expands, so will our configurator.”

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is supporting a blood drive on Friday organized by Yacht-Mate Products president and founder Sandy Hoekstra-Handrahan. The effort — to be held at MIASF’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale — is being held to help meet the sharp spike in demand by area hospitals treating Covid-19 patients. “I wanted to find a way to help those impacted by this devastating pandemic,” said Hoekstra-Handrahan in a statement. Time slots can be reserved here. In addition, they organization will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center Bare Necessities patient pantry.



Industry Pushes Back Against Speed Restrictions

A NOAA Fisheries proposal would restrict boats 35 feet and larger to a 10-knot speed limit along the East Coast to protect right whales from vessel strikes.


Magonis Opens Connecticut Office

The Spain-based, electric-boat builder offers an 18-footer that’s available with motors from Torqeedo and Mag Power.


Bill Seeks to Increase Youth Fishing

The bipartisan Coastal Fishing Program Act of 2022 would ease barriers to accessing the outdoors in underserved communities.


Fall Is in Full Swing

With the autumnal equinox ushering in a new season today, the fall boat-show circuit is in high gear. Here are some recent reports and a look at what’s to come.


Manufacturer Confidence Drops

Still, U.S. builders remain largely optimistic despite ongoing constraints with the supply chain and workforce, as well as yesterday’s interest rate hike.


Defender Adds TEMO Electric Boat Motor

Defender Industries is the official U.S. dealer for the French company’s lightweight, portable electric motors.


Twin Disc Sells Belgium Facility

The transmission manufacturer is still using the facility in a leaseback transaction as it looks to reduce costs.