Quick Hits: March 19, 2020


Garmin International announced it was the recipient of Independent Boat Builders Incorporated’s 2019 Supplier of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. IBBI is the marine industry’s largest purchasing cooperative; Garmin was named was its exclusive marine electronics supplier in 2018.

NMMA has canceled the American Boating Congress, scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. from May 12-14. A virtual ABC is set for May 13; details to be released soon.

Viking Yachts has canceled this year's Key West Challenge scheduled for April 15-18 as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The builder has rescheduled the event for April 7-10 of next year.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show announced it will now be held May 14-17 and the Superyacht Show Palm Beach is set for March 25-28, 2021.


Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.