Quick Hits: July 2, 2020

Suzuki adds drive-by-wire outboards, Modern Fish Act progress report issued, and Teakdecking expands engineering team.
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Suzuki Marine announced new DF115BG and DF140BG outboards that will begin production in October. These newcomers — 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder models rated at 115- and 140-hp — will offer fly-by-wire steering and, according to the builder, improved fuel efficiency. For onboard electronics, a high-output, 40-amp alternator is also part of the package. “These are not only the world’s first 4-stroke outboards in their class to include factory drive-by-wire technology, they feature a new design, a new look and enhanced performance for a wide range of boats around the world,” said Suzuki Marine sales vice president George “Gus” Blakely in a statement.

The Center for Sportfishing Policy has reevaluated the federal government’s progress on how it is implementing the Modern Fish Act in a recent progress report, and says there is still work to be done. “While there has been some forward progress in implementing the Modern Fish Act, there is still a long way to go,” said CFP president Jeff Angers in a statement. “We knew this ship wouldn’t turn on a dime, and we will continue working with NOAA Fisheries, the regional management councils and the states to enforce the law the way Congress intended it.”

Teakdecking Systems is growing its engineering and design team by naming Michael Hartline as new engineering and design director. A naval architect with more than 30 years of experience, Hartline has held leadership roles on both coasts. “Michael is skilled at designing and leading new product development teams to meet high customer expectations,” said Teakdecking Systems president Richard Strauss in a statement. “His strength is in designing and leading product development teams to meet challenging expectations.” 


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Formidable Media will provide public relations for the safety gear and apparel manufacturer.

Southern Marinas Acquires N.C. Facility

Ocean Isle Marina along the Intracoastal Waterway is the latest acquisition of Southern Marinas Holdings II.

NMMA Reports Retail Trends for Cruising, Water Sports and Fishing Boats

A newly released section from its U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract shows record growth across these categories.

Smartgyro Expands Operations

The gyrostabilizer manufacturer moves to a larger facility and makes hires in anticipation of growth.

SmartPlug Adds Employee, Moves to Larger Facility

Andrew Lankford is named quality assurance engineer, while the move gives the company 40 percent more manufacturing space.

The Next Wavve

The smart-device-based navigation app expands functionality with real-time tide and current monitoring.

Dealers: Have You Added Service Staff?

This month’s Pulse Report survey addresses the service department. Take the survey here.