Quick Hits: July 31, 2020

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association is applauding the passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which allows the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake civilian water transportation and infrastructure projects to prevent flooding and protect wetlands and watersheds. NMMA said the legislation also improves federal efforts to combat aquatic invasive species and funds projects around the country. “We are committed to working alongside our federal, state and local partners to ensure Americans have access to healthy and navigable waterways for years to come,” NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros said in a statement.

The International Game Fish Association released its World Record Game Fishes, and Shimano reels, rods and line took top honors in the IGFA’s annual compilation of world-record tackle. In the freshwater reel category, Shimano ranked first, with 63 records set, the company said in a statement. Shimano also claimed the top spot for saltwater reels, with 130 records. Shimano rods again ranked first, with 78 saltwater records set.

Chaparral, Robalo and Vortex manufacturer Marine Products Corp. reported a 54 percent decrease in net sales for the second quarter, due to a 57.9 percent reduction in units sold compared with the prior year. Unit sales declined in every product category as a result of the suspension of manufacturing for five weeks during the quarter, president and CEO Richard Hubbell said. “During this shutdown, we continued with our research and development efforts, modified our marketing efforts to maintain our presence with dealers and customers, and reduced costs wherever possible,” Hubbell said in a statement. “In addition, we expedited the shipment of as many boats as possible to our dealers to meet high retail demand.”


Boot Düsseldorf 2021 Postponed Until Late April

With Covid-19 numbers remaining high across the EU, organizers say the event cannot be held in January.

Galati Goes Virtual

The yacht dealer has unveiled a virtual shopping tool that will help match customers with vessels as most boat shows are cancelled or moved online in the pandemic.

Quick Hits: December 3, 2020

Walter Meloon inducted into Wakeboarding Hall of Fame, and AMI announces virtual conference.

Are Car Dealers and Boat Dealers Headed in the Same Direction?

Both have seen dealer stocks down as manufacturing attempts to keep up with demand. But one thing is for certain: a first-person tactile dealership experience remains critical to continued success.

Sharrow Marine to Build MX-1 Props in Michigan

Founder Greg Sharrow announced the new global manufacturing HQ will be located in his hometown of Detroit.