Quick Hits: January 21, 2021


Foul-release coatings manufacturer Propspeed announced the launch of a rebranding campaign, which will include new logos, an updated website, packaging, and updates to social media platforms collateral materials. “Our brand is a reflection of our people, and no matter who you talk to in the company, you will see the passion for our products, industry, customers and the ocean,” CEO Chris Baird said.

Fraser appointed Frédéric Dormeuil to its worldwide team as head of global partnerships, the company said in a statement. Dormeuil joins Fraser with years of experience in the yacht market, and brand and business development.

Kevin Coughlin was named vice president of sales and marketing for the Wichard Groupe, the century-old French supplier of sailing products under the brands Profurl, Sparcraft, Facnor, Lorima and Peguet. Coughlin was previously brand manager of New England Ropes. “Kevin brings tremendous experience to this key role, and we can’t wait to see the impact and leadership we know he will have on our business segments,” Wichard Group USA general manager Darryl Spurling 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.