Quick Hits: December 14, 2020

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The Silent-Resorts concept from Austrian manufacturer Silent-Yachts — a project that uses its solar-powered boats as “floating sustainable villas” — has announced its first resort is slated to break ground in the Bahamas in 2021. The project is said to include 16, four-bedroom waterfront villas and eight Silent-Yachts catamarans, and will offer a beachside clubhouse and pool, restaurant, bar, fitness room, game room, and spa — all utilizing solar power. The first 25 founding memberships are now available: For $395,000, founders get a lifetime membership that grants access to one of its four-cabin yachts, a four-bedroom, on-land villa and the resorts’ facilities for five weeks or more per year. "The location in the Bahamas is the first of others we are considering, including Belize, Panama, French Polynesia, Maldives, Indonesia, and more in the world’s most beautiful archipelagos and yachting destinations,” said Silent-Resorts head Victor Barret in a statement. All members will also have access to future global locations. Click here for more information on becoming a Silent-Resorts founding member.

 The nonprofit, Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Foundation, announced that the South Florida Freshwater Fishing University will run Feb. 20 at Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach, Fla. Women, men and teens can learn and practice fishing skills hands-on then fish from land on a lake stocked with peacock bass. Early registration is $79, (regular entry is $89) which covers classes, equipment, guided fishing, gifts, bait and door prizes. No experience or equipment is necessary, according to organizers. Sign up for the event here.


ABYC Foundation Seeks Nominations for Educator Award

The award recognizes “an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians.”

P.R. Firm Rushton Gregory Signs ePropulsion

The Chinese manufacturer of electric propulsion products introduced a standardized lineup earlier this year.

Dometic Updates Pro-Trim System

The new design allows boaters to trim the outboard and adjust the jack plate without removing their hands from the wheel.

Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Through the alliance, Brunswick aims to enhance its autonomous technology offerings.

Nicole Vasilaros to Depart NMMA

The group credits the senior vice president of government and legal affairs for “countless contributions to the protection and expansion of the recreational boating industry.”

Site Unseen

A website is often the first interaction a customer will have with a dealership, but it must provide more than an online brochure or they will click elsewhere.

C.G. Amends Documentation Rules

Federally documenting a boat now must be done every five years, rather than annually.

The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.