Quick Hits: January 14, 2021


The Ferretti Group released its first sustainability report on corporate operations. The report, “Leading A Sustainable Future,” covers the Italy-based conglomerate’s efforts in environmental impact, innovation, supply chain and human capital. “If we want to continue to grow steadily as a market leader, it is essential to address the economic, environmental and social impacts produced by our activities on the local areas where we operate,” CEO Alberto Galassi said in a statement. Read the report here.

The National Marine Representatives Association is accepting applications for its $3,000 Marine Trades Scholarship, which is open to high-school seniors, as well as college and vocational students, pursuing education and a career in the marine industry. “We've awarded students working toward a wide range of careers, including boatbuilding, marine logistics, naval design and the Merchant Marines,” NMRA president Scott Kolodny said in a statement. Click here to apply. The deadline is April 1.

Beaufort County Community College in Washington, N.C., will offer two new diploma programs for the fall semester: Boat Manufacturing & Service and Boat Building. Connor Jones, who previously worked for Grady-White Boats, most recently as a process improvement engineer, was named the school’s lead boatbuilding professor. “I grew up around boats,” Jones said in a local newspaper article. “So I decided to take my experience in the industry … as an opportunity to teach other people about it.”


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.