Quick Hits: August 28, 2020

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Oasis Marinas, a privately held marina management outfit based in Annapolis, Mary., have announced that real estate development company Integra Investments have chosen them to manage the Westshore Yacht Club Marina in Tampa, Fla. Although this marks the 30th marina in Oasis’ portfolio, it is the first in the Sunshine State. Oasis founder Dan Cowens said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be expanding our portfolio in Florida. [The state] offers boaters endless destinations, [with] Tampa being a staple.”

The Azimut-Benetti Group is supporting the Italian Super Yacht Life Foundation, a group that promotes training paths for marine professionals seeking careers in areas such as tourism management, yacht surveying and info-mobility, and infrastructure logistics. Three new ISYL courses are about to start, and 75 places are available for as many young high school graduates would like the opportunity, according to a statement. The ISYL institute is supported by four shipyards in addition to Azimut-Benetti — Cantieri Navali Codecasa, Overmarine Group, Perini Navi and Rossinavi.

The Coast Guard Foundation will hold its 16th annual tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard virtually Oct. 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. ET. The 5th Annual Texas Salutes the Coast Guard will be held Nov. 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST, honoring Port Houston. “We are grateful, during this challenging year, for the continued partnership of our supporters,” said Coast Guard Foundation president Susan Ludwig in a statement. “Our events play such an important role in fulfilling our mission of supporting Coast Guard members and their families.” Click here for information or to register for the annual tribute, and here for more information or to register for the Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event.



Star brite introduces Marine Descaling Fluid—a powerful, easy way to descale raw water-cooled systems using recirculation. It saves time, energy, and a lot of headache, allowing for a faster, cost-effective return-to-service for equipment.

NAW Elects 2021 Officers

Michael Medart of Medart Engine and Marine takes the helm as chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors board.

Caterpillar Names Global Manager

Alex Berg will lead the manufacturer’s pleasure craft and yachting segment.

Nearly 320K Boats Sold in 2020

NMMA says new-boat sales are at their highest level in 12 years, with all powerboat segments up 8 to 22 percent.

‘Injection of Capital’ for Cox Powertrain

The British company said it will use the $16.7 million to expand operations and ramp up production of its CXO300 diesel outboard.

Groupe Beneteau Releases Preliminary 2020 Financials

Revenues were down 15.1 percent for the 16-month period that ended Dec. 31. A full report is due next month.

A Modern Twist on Word of Mouth

The supercharged power of user-generated content.