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Quick Hits: July 2, 2020

Suzuki adds drive-by-wire outboards, Modern Fish Act progress report issued, and Teakdecking expands engineering team.

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.” 



Industry Mourns Cruisers Yachts Owner

K.C. Stock, who was 84, was known for his “commitment to the employees at Cruisers Yachts.”


Grand Banks Purchases Florida Property

The parcel, which is opposite the company’s Stuart yard, has berths for up to nine boats and will increase service capabilities.


Limestone Boat Co. Posts Q3 Results

Unit production was down compared with the second quarter, and revenues decreased 33%.


Yamaha Dealers Now Carry Siren Systems

Siren Marine’s “Connected Boat” technology can be purchased and installed at more than 2,100 Yamaha outboard dealers.


Northpoint Expands Marine Presence

Northpoint Commercial Finance has partnered with Elite Recreational Finance to offer retail financing.


BRP Reports 71% Increase in Q3 Revenues

The Sea-Doo manufacturer had total revenue of $2.7 billion, but North American marine retail sales were down 47%.


Airmar Announces Training Dates

Certified Installer and SmartBoat system classes are being held this month in New Jersey and next year in New Hampshire.


The Survey Says …

Surveying customers to find out what they think about your business has never been more important.


Marine Development Inc. Changes Hands

Mick Webber, the former president/CEO and owner of HydroHoist, has purchased the company from its founders.