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.


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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.