Quick Hits: February 19, 2021


Victory Marine of Miami was named the exclusive Robalo and Chaparral dealer in Costa Rica. “It was impossible not to be affected by the global [Covid-19] tragedy unfolding before us daily,” Orlando Hernandez, of Victory Marine Holdings, said in a statement. “Yet with dedicated focus and determination, we are now positioned to take full advantage of the coming economic resurgence.” Hernandez told Trade Only Today that distribution is largely expected to be along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

Level 5 Advertising created a customizable virtual boat show platform that debuted in the Cincinnati and Minneapolis markets. The goal was to “connect potential buyers to the boat they are looking for and the dealer that sells it,” the company said in a statement. And with many winter and spring shows canceled, dealers saw engaged buyers. “The Twin Cities Boat Show platform has helped us get off to the best start to a year in our company’s history,” said John Wooden of River Valley Marine in Red Wing, Minn. Level 5 plans to expand its digital events in new markets.


Fairline Yachts Acquired

For the third time in five years, the esteemed U.K. builder has changed hands.

Free Fishing Fun with Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops

To launch their Gone Fishing promotion, the outdoors companies are donating 40,000 rods and reels to youth-fishing partners and holding free in-store fishing events June 19-20.

Yamaha Rightwaters to Support Wetlands Conservation

The marine manufacturer’s national sustainability program will sponsor the Ducks Unlimited Gulf Coast Initiative.

Boatsetter Enters Global Luxury Yacht Market

With its Boatsetter Lux service, the company is expanding its peer-to-peer rental market into the luxury category.

A Collective Voice Against Tariffs

Organizations in the E.U. and U.S. have issued a statement ahead of next week’s Brussels Summit urging for the termination of retaliatory tariffs.

ABYC Free Webinar Series Returns

The association’s online learning events will continue with “Fuel System Troubleshooting” on June 17.

Getting to Know the Newbies

At last week’s Partners Outdoors symposium, RBFF’s Stephanie Vatalaro shared information that can help the marine industry get to know its new audiences.

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns will start using eco-packaging that you can cut up and use in the garden.