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Quick Hits: January 19, 2021

Princecraft Boats launched a Virtual Park that allows users to compare specifications and view photos and videos of more than 20 of its most popular models. “The concept was developed in response to many boat shows across the country switching to a virtual format in 2021,”director of marketing Jean-Philippe Martin-Dubois said in a statement. “Our goal was to mirror the in-person boat show experience, virtually, by providing an intuitive and enjoyable experience for our consumers to easily navigate and compare our most popular models.”

The European Boating Industry and International Council of Marine Industry Associations announced a partnership to develop nautical tourism and take on issues that affect the marine industry. Under the agreement, EBI will produce bimonthly newsletters that address its work in E.U. nations, as ICOMIA continues to provide technical and statistical data, as well as representing EBI’s initiatives on a global scale. “EBI and ICOMIA have a high overlap in their European membership. From the outset, we have been working on complementing each other’s work, rather than duplicating,” ICOMIA secretary-general Udo Kleinitz said in a statement. “This agreement is a step to implement better exchange of information and joint action.”

St. Peter, Minn.-based Alumacraft is celebrating 75 years in business with a video series that tells the story of the builder’s history featuring longtime employees, a third-generation dealer, a fishing guide and others. View the videos here. Visit Alumacraft’s virtual boat show here.


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.

Metstrade Wraps

International Marine Networking’s Ben Taylor said a “solid international audience” was on hand at Amsterdam’s RAI Center for this year’s event.