Quick Hits: July 21, 2020

Bassmaster Elite pros will automatically qualify for 2021; IBEX Innovation Awards go digital.
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B.A.S.S. officials say that all 88 Bassmaster Elite Series pros will automatically re-qualify for the 2021 season, provided they complete the event campaign, given the hectic season due to coronavirus. Under the original rules, the bottom 10 anglers in the field — based on their average performance the last two years — would have lost their spots on the trail. “With everything unfolding the way it has and some things still up in the air from day to day, we just felt like our anglers deserved the right to fish the rest of the season without those added pressures,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin in a statement.

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference is taking its Innovation Award program to a virtual format as the 2020 event moves online. All product entries will be featured on the IBEX website, and 2020 winners will be recognized during the virtual show. IBEX organizers said in a statement that they will release more details on this as the event draws nearer. Companies can enter the contest here; deadline for entry is Aug. 14.


PressureMate Introduces On-Board Pressure Washer

The 12-volt system has a patent-pending plunger design that produces 600 psi of pressure.

ABYC Introduces Entry-Level Certification

The Marine Service Technology program now includes a year-end exam to help launch students into marine-industry careers.

IBEX Calls for Innovation Award Entries

The NMMA-managed program is accepting new-product submissions through Aug. 13.

Pocket Yacht Opens in N.C.

The Cutwater and Ranger Tugs dealer opened in New Bern, its third East Coast location.

Trawlerfest Scheduled for Newport

Passagemaker magazine’s signature event runs Aug. 24-28 at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island.

Our Most Critical Federal Program Needs Your Support

The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund is up for renewal. Ask Congress to support its reauthorization.

KVH Introduces TracPhone LTE-1

The new communications system provides connectivity up to 20 miles offshore in more than 150 countries.