Quick Hits: December 2, 2020

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Marine safety and communication product manufacturer Vesper Marine added to its sales team, naming Jason Young as global sales director. Young, who has 15 years of experience specializing in marine electronics and technology, will be tasked with expanding Vesper’s presence in critical markets around the world. “Anyone who has dealt with Jason knows how passionate he is about the marine electronics industry and that his priority is always for his customers,” said Vesper Marine CEO Brady Cox in a statement. “His extensive product knowledge is a great resource for Vesper customers around the world.”

Horizon Yachts has been recognized with the Taiwan Excellence Award for the 11th straight year, and its FD102 was bestowed with a Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. The awards were presented last week by the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and cover four areas: R&D, design, quality and marketing. The FD102 was the fifth Horizon model to receive Gold Award, offering “innovative value while satisfying the key criterion of being made in Taiwan,” the company said in a statement

 The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th year of coral reef conservation, announced $1.2 million in grants for North American coral reefs. The funds will support community-based efforts to preserve reefs in Florida, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Caribbean. “Coral reefs are critically important habitats for thousands of marine species, and they also offer coastal communities protection against storms and provide many other social and economic benefits,” said foundation CEO Jeff Trandahl in a statement. The grants, which were awarded through the Coral Reef Conservation Fund, will leverage nearly $1.3 million in matching contributions to generate a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million.


MarineMax Posts Record Q2

Coming off its most profitable fourth quarter, first quarter and fiscal year, the company continued to roll with a 70 percent increase in revenue.

MMTA Lands State Grant

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association will use the $20,000 recovery grant to promote its “Stay Local Boat MA” program.

Hundreds Stream ABC

Topics of discussion during Day One of NMMA’s virtual American Boating Congress included policy updates, infrastructure, the global supply chain and more.

Next Stop, Key West

The Moorings adds the Conch Republic to its roster of charter bases.

IBEX to Host Supply Chain Webinar

The April 29 session will address logistical issues that continue to impact manufacturers amid strong customer demand.

Safety is no Accident

Sure, it’s a cliché, but it’s 100 percent accurate. With boats going in the water for a new season in many areas, dealers should wave the safety flag wide and high, especially for the newcomers.

Brunswick Recognized for Diversity

Forbes ranks Brunswick as one of the top employers for diversity for the second consecutive year.

ABYC names Content Director

Sarah Devlin will support ABYC’s events and communications, distributing content through various channels.

Ferretti Group Reports Strong Q1

The conglomerate saw revenues increase by 40 percent, with a record 56 yachts launched in the first quarter.