Quick Hits: December 15, 2020

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The Association of Marina Industries Training Institute held its first virtual intermediate Marina Management course, with 25 students completing the month-long classroom event that ran twice a week beginning on Nov. 9. “The pandemic accelerated AMI’s plans to offer some of its courses in an online format — no time like the present,” said AMI training coordinator Merritt Alves in a statement. “We had attendees from as far away as Saudi Arabia, along with our neighbors in Ontario and within the states.” The course is the first step for students looking to earn their Certified Marina Manager and Certified Marina Operator certifications. Learn more about AMI’s training options here.

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland is congratulating John Bailey for the completion of his six-week on-the-job training with M Yacht Services in Annapolis, Md. Bailey completed the program in conjunction the Center of Applied Technology South’s Work Study Program, earning him both wages and high school credit. He completed CAT South’s welding program last year and is now finishing his senior year at Southern High School. “When MTAM gave a presentation in my welding class about the opportunities I thought, ‘Welding plus boats – sounds good!’” said Bailey in a statement.

With boat sales on the rise in Southeast Asia — the region has seen the same yacht-buying boom that the United States has experienced this year — Azimut Yachts has appointed Tam Son Yachting as its authorized dealer in Vietnam. Tam Son has been operating marinas and offering maintenance, concierge services and more since 1994. In October, the Italian conglomerate reported total sales in the Asian market at over 150 million euros, about $177.5 million for Azimut and Benetti over the last year, a 10 percent increase over the previous time period. “We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Tam Son Yachting,” said Filippo Tomasoni, Azimut sales manager for East Asia, Oceania and Africa, in a statement. “Their experience in the area will be invaluable in developing a market that we see as extremely promising.”


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.