Quick Hits: December 7, 2020


Gougeon Brothers, the Bay City, Mich.-based maker of West System epoxy products, is embarking on an internet authorization program that will control how the brand is presented and sold at online retailers. Internet-based retailers that apply and are accepted by the program would then become authorized internet resellers. “As online sales of our products continue to grow, it’s important to develop a program that benefits the consumer while supporting our brick-and-mortar West System dealers,” said Gougeon distribution director Ben Gougeon in a statement. “We also want to support our online resellers by providing an avenue for them to access and use our trademark and copyrighted marketing materials to ensure that our consumers are receiving the best possible purchasing experience.”

Organizers have confirmed that the U.K.’s largest yacht show — the Southampton International Boat Show — is set to take place Sept. 10-19. British Marine have said that they have been encouraged the probability of having a Covid-19 vaccine, and said organizers will work with local and national agencies to ensure the safety of all exhibitors, vendors and attendees and take cues from large gatherings slated to take place before the show, such as the British Grand Prix. “A new Show Working Group has recently formed with stakeholders and exhibitors to further shape the 2021 Southampton International Boat Show and we are excited to listen and learn from the Group to ensure the very best experience next year,” said British Marine CEO Larry Robinson in a statement.

OneWater Marine has completed its acquisition of Tom George Yacht Group; the company announced last month that it had entered into a definitive agreement to buy the retailer and enhance its presence on the west coast of Florida. “TGYG marks our first since going public in early fiscal year 2020, and is one of the largest acquisitions in our history,” said OneWater CEO Austin Singleton in a statement. “We have a strong track record delivering operational synergies and fueling margin expansion by working collaboratively with our dealers, and TGYG will be no different.” 

Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville was named in the top 10 of sales gold executives and among the top four in the sales platinum club. The awards were announced at the conference which was held virtually for club owners from around the world. “I am so proud of our team, especially Bill Edinger, our membership director, for helping us achieve amazing growth,” said Freedom Jacksonville co-owner Lisa Almeida in a statement. Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville has three locations; Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville, Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach, and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine.


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.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.