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Quick Hits: January 13, 2021

Yachts360 announced it is teaming with Sima Marine to expand into Ohio and the Great Lakes market. Founded in 1953, Sima Marine has been under the management of John Sima for more than 35 years. “John and his team … have a long history and knowledge of the Great Lakes market. They will be a valuable asset to not only our brokers, but the current and past clients of Sima Marine,” Yachts360 Group managing partner Justin Goins said in a statement.

Aluminum RIB manufacturer Highfield Boats added three dealers to its U.S. network: Erie Marine in Marblehead, Ohio; Datrex in Seattle, and Defender Industries in Waterford, Conn. “Highfield Boats has experienced record-setting sales growth in the U.S. market in 2020, even outpacing the aggressive growth target we set over the previous year,” Highfield USA general manager Tom Watson said in a statement. “We are delighted to welcome these three outstanding dealers aboard.”


Suntex Adds Superyacht Facility

The investment group adds Seahaven Marina, which can accommodate vessels up to 250 feet.

Newsweek Honors Brunswick Corp.

It’s the second consecutive year that the magazine named the corporation to its list of America’s Most Responsible Companies.

Southern Marinas Adds to its Portfolio

The company announced its acquisition of Tims Ford Marina and Resort in Winchester, Tenn., its seventh transaction this year.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Portugal Facility

The builder adds the Rodman Lusitania shipyard to support demand for powerboats under 40 feet.

Digital Dealership Dashboard for Marine Dealers

The Parker Business Planning digital platform for marine dealers will be introduced next week at MRAA Dealer Week in Austin, Texas.

Back and Forth and Back Again

As the world waits for the pandemic and its economic effects to subside, a new virus variant emerges.

Suzuki Crew Cleans Florida Shoreline

Executives, staff and families removed more than 40 bags of trash from Florida’s Courtney Campbell Causeway as part of the company’s Clean Ocean Project.

Seattle Boat Show: Full Speed Ahead

The largest show in the Pacific Northwest is set for its 9-day run with a new location and robust seminar format for 2022.