Quick Hits: March 20, 2020


In a statement, Hanse Yachts says it has taken steps to both ensure ongoing production of yachts and the health of their workforce to “meet the needs of our corporate social responsibility in this time of crisis.”

Invincible Yachts’ Opa-Locka, Fla. factory remains open. In a statement, vice president Ian Birdsall says the builder will utilize video walk-throughs, extend boat show discounts as well as enhance trade-in values and financing packages to consumers via the factory and their dealer network.

 In a response to COVID-19, Ford Motor Company announced it would suspend production of manufacturing sites in South America, effective next week. Three sites in Brazil would close from March 23 until April 13. In Argentina, production will be halted from March 25-April 6.


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.