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.


A Record Q2 for Brunswick

With strong global demand in all its business segments, Brunswick Corp. reported another stellar quarter, posting a 57 percent jump in net sales.

OneWater Adds PartsVu

The online marketplace for marine parts, accessories and electronics posted $25 million in sales over the last year.

Groupe Beneteau Updates Revenue Forecasts, More

The builder saw gains in its boat and luxury-home sectors and made several acquisitions, including a majority stake in Dream Yacht Group.

Golden Manufacturing Expands

The fabricator of aluminum boat lifts and aluminum and concrete floating docks adds 18,000 square feet to its Fort Myers, Fla., headquarters.

GetMyBoat Takes You to the Movies

The boat rental marketplace site teams with Disney’s Jungle Cruise for a contest to win a boat trip or movie tickets.

ConMar Adds to Sales Team

The manufacturers’ representatives add industry vet Brain Steele.

Will Canada Reopen to Boaters?

Set to open its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. residents next month, our neighbor to the north could be facing a strike by Canadian border guards and customs officials. Plus, the Great Lakes welcomes a newly designated marine sanctuary.