Quick Hits: February 18, 2021


The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced in a statement that it canceled the Atlantic City Boat Show, which had been postponed from February to April 7-11. “The decision to cancel … is the result of our continued due diligence to ensure a safe, successful and high-quality experience with health and safety top of mind,” NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said in a statement. “We … will be back stronger than ever next year to help drive sales for the recreational boating industry.”

The National Marine Electronics Association appointed Andy Campbell NMEA 2000 committee chair. “The excellence of the NMEA 2000 committees over the past 20 years has enabled NMEA 2000 to gain the exceptional market penetration and respect that it has today,” Campbell, chief engineer with U.K.-based electronics brand Actisense, said in an statement. “I’m excited to continue working with manufacturers, technical installers, commercial dealers and boating enthusiasts as we continue to drive these standards forward and cultivate further innovation.”

With many in-person shows canceled due to the pandemic, Discover Boating released the digital Ultimate Boat Show Insider Guide to inspire and educate boat buyers. “This guide is one way we’re engaging Discover Boating and NMMA Boat and Sport Shows audiences, making sure we’re staying in touch with them and keeping boating top-of-mind,” NMMA senior vice president and chief brand officer Ellen Bradley said in a statement.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.