Quick Hits: December 17, 2020


Mercury Marine’s 1st Mate safety and security system was named a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Best of Innovation Honoree in two categories: In-Vehicle Entertainment and Safety, and Vehicle Intelligence and Transportation. “We are making boating safer and more enjoyable with the design of not only our award-winning boats and engines, but in the technology that represents a significant step forward in enhancing the boating experience,” Brunswick CEO David Foulkes said in a statement.

Quebec-based Princecraft Boats said it earned the Boating Industry Canada Employer of Choice Award, Marine Business, for a fourth consecutive year. “The 2021 award honors Princecraft employees who, despite the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, remained resilient in their efforts to protect the health and safety of their colleagues while maintaining robust production and distribution schedules to meet the needs of our customers,” Princecraft general manager Rodier Grondin said in a statement.


Patrick Acquires SeaDek Parent

The Indiana-based company continues its strategy of growth through acquisitions.

BoatUS, USPS Resume Safety Checks

The groups are offering the service during safety events, or boaters can conduct the inspection using an online guide.

Stepping Up the Pace of Relief

A positive jobs report, 3 million vaccinations per day and consumer confidence point toward economic recovery.

Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.