Quick Hits: July 28, 2020

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The Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 — part of the National Defense Authorization Act — passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives includes critical boating safety priorities. The National Marine Manufacturers Association notes two provisions of importance to boaters: mandating wearable engine cut-off devices on all boats smaller than 26 feet and granting the Coast Guard “equivalency” authority, which prioritizes safety in approving construction standards. NMMA says it will work with lawmakers as it follows the bill in the Senate.

Chaparral logos will now be available on custom aftermarket SeaDek kits, as the two companies expand a decade-long relationship. SeaDek non-skid has been factory-installed on new Chaparral models for years, but owners looking to add SeaDek now have the option to include the Chaparral logo. “Chaparral’s partnership with SeaDek spans more than a decade, and SeaDek has become a premier brand with widespread recognition in the marine industry,” supply chain manager Derek Cornelius said in a statement.


Besenzoni - for over 50 years ambassador of made in Italy in the world - designs and produces accessories for pleasure and commercial boating characterized by simple and functional design

Besenzoni constantly assists its customers in 90 countries with 187 representative points and a direct assistance network consisting of 164 operating units around the world coordinated by the headquarters.

Sea Tow Saves Cold-Stunned Turtles

Its Corpus Christi outfit is rescuing turtles that were affected by the deep freeze in Texas.

Southern Marinas Sells Portfolio

The group had made six acquisitions last year and had a total of 12 properties under its umbrella.

2020 Neptune Award Winners Named

The annual marketing awards drew 129 entries in 20 categories.

‘A Great Start to 2021’

An onslaught of new and returning customers kept dealers busy in what is typically a slower time of year.

Nautique Names VP of Sales

Rick Skinner joins the Correct Craft subsidiary after 30-plus years with water-sports equipment manufacturer HO Sports.

MarineMax Expands Territories for Cruisers, MJM

The dealership will offer the brands at several of its locations, including Boston, Baltimore, Jacksonville and Charleston.