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.


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.