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Quick Hits: August 27, 2020

Informa Markets said that the 43rd St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show will now be held in early 2021 — announcing that the new dates are Jan. 14-17. The show was initially scheduled for Dec. 3-6. “The decision to move the show dates to January is something we have been exploring with our loyal exhibitors over the years due to the busy holiday season and competing seasonal events in the area,” said Informa show and business development director Chris Fleming in a statement. “We are confident that holding the show in January will create a better experience for visitors, exhibitors, and provide a greater benefit to the local community.” 

Keith Ammons has been named vice president of sales and marketing at Regulator Marine. He has been with the North Carolina-based builder since 2014, most recently as sales and marketing director, and before that held various roles with the National Marine Manufacturers Association over a near seven-year period. “Keith is a dedicated leader who has worked closely with our executive team to ensure solid growth and excellent positioning for Regulator in today’s center console market,” said Regulator Marine president and co-founder Joan Maxwell in a statement. “His growth in this role represents a true commitment to our business and our mission. We could not be more thrilled to announce him as VP!” 

Bombardier Recreational Products second-quarter results reflected the boom in boating and outdoor recreation: The company's North American retail sales for powersports vehicles and outboard engines increased by 38 percent compared with the second quarter last year — driven by year-round products and personal watercraft. However, overall revenues from the marine segment decreased by 35.9 percent for the three-month period that ended July 31.The company says this was chiefly due to the wind-down of Evinrude outboard engine production — resulting in additional retail sales incentives and a lower volume of outboards sold. In May, the company announced it would discontinue Evinrude production. ”We are very pleased with our results, which are better than we initially anticipated, and with the exceptionally high demand for our products throughout the quarter,” said BRP president and CEO José Boisjoli in a statement. “We expect the momentum to continue, as we closely monitor the global situation.”



NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.


Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.


Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.


Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.


NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.


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.


EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.


Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.