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.


Teak Isle Expands Operations

The Florida-based manufacturer purchased a 45,000-square-foot facility and two additional CNC routers.

Ensuring Gamefish Stability

Simrad’s support of Gray FishTag Research helps promote the importance of sustainable oceans and fisheries.

Heavy Lifting

Derecktor takes delivery of a 1,500-ton-capacity mobile lift, as construction of its Fort Pierce, Fla., facility continues.

Boot Düsseldorf Canceled

The German show, previously postponed until late April due to the pandemic, will return in January 2022.

Quick Hits: January 21, 2021

A revamped brand identify for Propspeed; Fraser Yachts names head of global partnerships; and Wichard Group USA appoints industry vet as VP of sales and marketing.

We Got ’em, But Can We Keep ’Em?

The results of a Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation study reveal insights for engaging and retaining the new boaters and anglers we gained last year.

Siren’s 3 Series Receives NMEA 2000 Certification

The Internet of Things technology allows OEMs and other stakeholders to receive such data as engine metrics, fault codes and service requirements.