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.


Suzuki Powers Forest River’s New Nepallo Pontoon Boats

The new Nepallo line of pontoon boats with Suzuki engines will be sold at select Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors stores.

West Marine CEO to Keynote Annual MRA Event

With a “Climate for Change” theme, the Marine Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show is set for Oct. 11-13.

Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

A field of 2,000 anglers in 1,000 boats saw a nearly 10-pound bass capture first place in the annual Skeeter owner’s tournament.

Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.