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Quick Hits: January 12, 2021

Pettit Marine Paint signed an exclusive agreement with I-Tech AB to develop a new antifouling biocide. Biotechnology company I-Tech AB previously developed Selektope, which repels barnacle larvae through natural receptor stimulation. The companies will work together to develop a line of antifouling coatings for the yacht market using Selektope.

The Marine Marketers of America announced a final call for entries for its 2020 Neptune Awards, with a deadline of Jan. 15. The awards cover 22 categories, including a new “Best Pandemic Marketing Effort” category, and are open to any marine industry marketing organization for work produced within the 2020 calendar year. “Marketing under the unique conditions of 2020 required upping your game,” MMA vice president and awards committee co-chair Sally Helme said in a statement. “We encourage marine marketers to take advantage of this opportunity to promote and showcase how they handled 2020’s challenges and share their best work with their peers in the industry.” Click here to enter.

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland announced that Elizabeth Young completed a six-week training program at Annapolis Boat Yard in a project funded by the state’s EARN Maryland grant program. Young learned of MTAM’s on-the-job-training program during a career day event at the Baltimore Boat Show. “I wanted to work with my hands,” Young said in a statement, “and getting into an industry that provides lots of opportunity seemed like a better financial decision for me than college is at the moment.”


Battle on the Great Lakes Rages On

The Icebreaker Wind Turbine Development faces strong headwinds from boating and fishing groups.

Limestone Boat Co. Expands Dealer Network

The company adds four new dealers to its roster, with three to represent Aquasport Boats.

NMEA Announces ‘22 Training Course Schedule

For next year, marine training courses will be offered as virtual and in-person sessions for basic marine electronics installers, and in-person only for advanced installers.

GM Invests $150M in Electric Boat Start-Up

General Motors has acquired a 25-percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit.

Patrick Acquires Marine and RV Seating Maker

The Elkhart, Ind.-based component manufacturer finalized its purchase of Williamsburg Marine and Williamsburg Furniture.

Dealers: Tell Us Your 2022 Retail Outlook

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks dealers for their outlooks on 2022 retail sales.