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.”


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.

Brunswick Corp. CEO to Headline Innovation Summit

David Foulkes will speak on implementation at the Sept. 9 summit, organized by Correct Craft.

Navico Hires Americas PR Manager

Navico brings its public-relations duties in-house with the hiring of Kim Rodriquez.

Galeon Expands Dealer Network

The builder looks to British Columbia-based dealer Freedom Marine to grow the brand in western Canada.

No Inventory? Now Is Not The Time to Stop Marketing

The MRAA’s Webinar “Marketing When You Have No Inventory” covered how dealers can build long-term equity with new and returning customers as demand outpaces supply.