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Quick Hits: August 31, 2020

Wholesale marine electronics distributor Consolidated Electronic Distributors have added Dustin Travis as senior vice president of operations and business development. Travis will be based at the company’s long-time location along Florida’s Space Coast in Rockledge. “Over the past 22 years I have held almost every position onboard a boat and have worked for some of the best government and recreational manufacturers in the boating industry.” Travis said in a statement. “I am excited to transition into my new role at CED Marine and continue to support the marine industry.” CED Marine was founded in 1971 and sold late last year, with new ownership launching an updated website and dealer portal in recent months; clients also include boat manufacturers and installers. 

MarineMax national director of special projects Mike Aiello is celebrating a significant milestone — 35 years in the boating industry. In 1885, Aiello started at Brick, N.J.-based Merit Marine, which became one of the inaugural MarineMax locations. He has also overseen MarineMax franchises in Maryland, Ohio, Minnesota and New York during his long run with the company. "Integrity is the most important asset anyone can have in business, without it, it is nothing. I've been extremely fortunate to work in an industry that I truly enjoy,” Aiello said in a statement.


Volvo Penta to Power Offshore Wind Farm Transfer Vessels

The Swedish company will provide quad IPS systems for crew-and-equipment transfer vessels being built by American Offshore Services.

ePropulsion Secures B+ Series Funding

The China-based company will use the investment — equal to tens of millions of U.S. dollars — to advance research and development in e-power technology innovations.

Discover Boating Moves Forward

The joint NMMA and MRAA effort reveals a new logo and its rebranding of the Miami International Boat Show.

The Outdoor Recreation Boom Continues

Bombardier Recreational Products saw revenue jump 28 percent to $4.2 billion for the year, but dipping in its fiscal Q3 due to supply chain constraints.

A Steady Decline

Demand remains strong, but supply-chain logjams continue to weaken boat registration numbers.

Heimensen Named MarineMax Marketing VP

The yacht retailer announced it has promoted its longtime marketing director Abbey Heimensen.

C.G. Foundation Launches GivingTuesday Matching Challenge

The Coast Guard Foundation is launching a matching gift in which Geico Military will triple all donations received by midnight tonight.