Quick Hits: January 20, 2021


The marine products under the ShoreMaster brand, which merged with HydroHoist in 2019 and acquired Neptune Boat Lifts late last year, have rebranded under the name Waterfront Brands. “Waterfront Brands’ vertical operational platform has been designed for growth. This will enable expansion into new markets, as well as provide further support and opportunities for our existing dealers, marine contractors and marinas,” Waterfront Brands CEO Don Hurley said in a statement.

After announcing earlier this year that an investment group had acquired a majority stake in the company, Boats Group added three brokerage sites to its online classified marketplace. BoatsandOutboards.co.uk and Boatshop24co.uk are based in England, and Boatshop24.com is a German-language site. “England and Germany are major boating nations and represent important markets in the global leisure marine industry,” Boats Group CEO Sam Fulton said in a statement. “Acquiring Friday Media Group’s leading online boating marketplaces was an attractive opportunity for us to widen our reach.”

Angling apparel manufacturer Gill Fishing retained the Colorado-based agency Rygr as an integrated marketing partner, supporting Gill across paid and earned media in the United States. “Rygr’s record in building young brands and delivering on creative, results-driven marketing ideas make them an ideal partner for Gill Fishing,” sales director Tom Houston said in a statement.


KVH Introduces TracPhone LTE-1

The new communications system provides connectivity up to 20 miles offshore in more than 150 countries.

Supreme Builds First Boat in New Facility

The towboat builder moved to the new 160,000-sqare-foot plant in Georgia earlier this year and plans to produce two boats a day.

Continued Growth at Vetus

The manufacturer had its best sales month in its 57-year history and promoted longtime employee Ray Browning to U.K. branch manager.

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.