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.


How to Go Strong For 75 Years!

The 4th generation, family-run Strong’s Marine has put client service at the top of its agenda for over 75 years.

NMLA Releases Annual Statistical Report

The National Marine Lenders Association’s annual report shows that marine loans increased significantly in the past two years, primarily among boat owners aged 45-54.

IBEX Education Conference Schedule Announced

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will host 2021 pre-conference sessions, tech talks, online workshops and more.

World Cat Acquires New Facility

The catamaran builder adds a 265,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in N.C.

Executive Appointments at Numarine

The Turkish builder names head of international sales and assigns a domestic sales manager.

Click&Boat Accelerates Global Growth

A significant investment from private equity firm Permira is supported by a partnership with Boats Group.

Workforce Solutions Amendment Approved in Mass.

The Bay State’s 2022 budget includes $150,000 in workforce-development funding to support the efforts of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association.

Palm Beach Readies Revamped Marina

The South Florida town is nearing completion of a $40 million renovation of its public marina.