Quick Hits: January 27, 2021


As nations continue to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations has updated its country-by-country “State of the Industry” guide, with information about lockdowns, border regulations, vaccination updates and travel restrictions. ICOMIA lobbies on behalf of marine associations with the goal of presenting a united voice to address industry issues. Click here for the latest update.

Belfast, Maine-based Front Street Shipyard said that its five-axis waterjet cutter is now fully operational. Funding for the machine was made possible in part though the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Small Shipyard Grants program, with support from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). “This waterjet cutting machine will help diversify Front Street Shipyard’s services to include a new production line, greatly enhancing its global competitiveness and making the shipyard the only U.S. company with this unique manufacturing capability,” Collins said in a statement.

T-H Marine Supplies named Chris Drahman national sales and marketing manager. Drahman has more than 25 years of marine industry experience and will be responsible for driving business development and leading sales strategies. Drahman said in a statement that it’s “truly an honor” to join T-H Marine. “Few companies can compare when it comes to innovative product development, dedication to taking care of their customers, and having a game plan and a desire to continue their robust growth,” he said.



Star brite introduces Marine Descaling Fluid—a powerful, easy way to descale raw water-cooled systems using recirculation. It saves time, energy, and a lot of headache, allowing for a faster, cost-effective return-to-service for equipment.

NAW Elects 2021 Officers

Michael Medart of Medart Engine and Marine takes the helm as chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors board.

Caterpillar Names Global Manager

Alex Berg will lead the manufacturer’s pleasure craft and yachting segment.

Nearly 320K Boats Sold in 2020

NMMA says new-boat sales are at their highest level in 12 years, with all powerboat segments up 8 to 22 percent.

‘Injection of Capital’ for Cox Powertrain

The British company said it will use the $16.7 million to expand operations and ramp up production of its CXO300 diesel outboard.

Groupe Beneteau Releases Preliminary 2020 Financials

Revenues were down 15.1 percent for the 16-month period that ended Dec. 31. A full report is due next month.

A Modern Twist on Word of Mouth

The supercharged power of user-generated content.