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Quick Hits: August 18, 2020

Documenting yachts and boats bound for Canada will now be easier for manufacturers and dealers. The National Marine Manufacturers Association entered a Memorandum of Understanding with Transport Canada in January in a joint effort to ease the process of declaring compliance with Canadian regulations on NMMA-certified yachts and boats for sale into Canada. As part of the agreement, NMMA-certified manufacturers can provide an NMMA certificate alongside a new, abbreviated Declaration of Conformity according to NMMA. A more comprehensive DoC was once required.

Regulator Marine’s line of fishy center consoles continues to expand its presence in south Florida with new dealer appointments. Yacht Works will represent the North Carolina-based builder in Miami-Dade country — they also cover the Keys — and KMC will oversee sales and service for the greater Fort Lauderdale area. The builder’s dealer from greater West Palm Beach to Fort Pierce will continue to be Sovereign Marine. “The diversity and scope of Florida’s waterways make it one of the most exciting places to boat and fish in America,” said Regulator Marine marketing and sales director Keith Ammons in a statement. “Regulators are built for that versatility, and to go the distance offshore.”

After adding Big Thunder Marine Palm Beach to its dealership network in mid-June, Fountain Powerboats continues to expand in the Sunshine State and are now available at Bonita Boat Center in Bonita Springs, Fla. “Both Bonita Boat Center and Big Thunder Marine are well regarded in the marine industry for customer service and a complete inventory,” said Fountain's Florida Sales Manager Mike Usina in a statement. "They make the perfect addition to our rapidly expanding dealer network throughout the Southeast.” 



Fork in the Channel

Boat registration totals for July mostly revealed considerable weakness compared with a year earlier, and tumbled back into a steeper downtrend than the prior month’s comparisons.


Inflation Stymies Boat Sales

Inventories of new and used boats are improving at the retail level but are still considered comparatively lean, according to the results of the monthly Pulse Report survey.


Ho, Ho, Ho, You Better Watch Out

It may be too early to decorate the showroom, but it’s not too early to hatch a marketing plan to profit from the holiday selling season.


Industry reacts to IBEX cancelation

With Ian expected to hit Florida’s west coast as a major hurricane, the consensus among those who spoke with Trade Only Today say it was the correct decision.


Ready for a Revolution

Electrification has been an increasingly common buzzword in the marine industry, especially in the past four to five years.


MarineMax Makes Appointment to its Board

Mercedes Romero has expertise in global procurement and strategic planning, working with such companies as Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.


DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.


Spot Zero Announces Expansion

The Fort Lauderdale-based reverse osmosis systems manufacturer is adding a 20,000-square-foot production facility.

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Seakeeper’s New System Targets Pitch

Seakeepeer, whose gyroscopic stabilizers set the marine industry standard for eliminating as much as 95 percent of a boat’s roll, is now turning its attention to eliminating pitch with their Seakeeper Ride system.