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Quick Hits: May 29, 2020

The Sea Tow Foundation has named seven new members to serve on its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, established in 2019, according to the foundation. The list includes: Adam Fortier-Brown, government relations manager for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas; TK Kreumenacker, CEO at Admirals Insurance Corp.; Tyler Mehrl, steering and controls category manager for Mercury Marine; Mark Pillsbury, editor of Cruising World Magazine; Angie Scott, host of the podcast “The Woman Angler & Adventurer;” and Leslie Zlotnick, advertising manager for Yamaha Watercraft Group. 

Suzuki Marine made some announcements following the release of fiscal year results for 2019 that showed a 2.1 percent net sale increase of the Japanese conglomerate’s marine segment to 74.5 billion yen, approximately $691 million in U.S. dollars. Marine sales vice president George “Gus” Blakely said Suzuki will soon unveil new 115- and 140-hp outboards, the first in their class with drive-by-wire technology. In addition, the company will commemorate its 100 anniversary with a limited edition 350-hp outboard with special badging and graphics. 

The American Boat & Yacht Council has decided to cancel all in-person certification courses for the remainder of the year, shifting the curriculum to interactive online learning. “Fortunately, we were able to quickly and successfully transition our courses to an interactive online format utilizing the same instructional material a student would see in our traditional classrooms, including live Q&A,” said ABYC education director David Broadbent in a statement. To learn more or to sign up for ABYC’s virtual offerings, click here.



Inflation Stymies Boat Sales

Inventories of new and used boats are improving at the retail level but are still considered comparatively lean, according to the results of the monthly Pulse Report survey.


Ho, Ho, Ho, You Better Watch Out

It may be too early to decorate the showroom, but it’s not too early to hatch a marketing plan to profit from the holiday selling season.


Industry reacts to IBEX cancelation

With Ian expected to hit Florida’s west coast as a major hurricane, the consensus among those who spoke with Trade Only Today say it was the correct decision.


Ready for a Revolution

Electrification has been an increasingly common buzzword in the marine industry, especially in the past four to five years.


MarineMax Makes Appointment to its Board

Mercedes Romero has expertise in global procurement and strategic planning, working with such companies as Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.


DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.


Spot Zero Announces Expansion

The Fort Lauderdale-based reverse osmosis systems manufacturer is adding a 20,000-square-foot production facility.

1_Seakeeper Ride 450_2023 Sportsman Open 232 Center Console

Seakeeper’s New System Targets Pitch

Seakeepeer, whose gyroscopic stabilizers set the marine industry standard for eliminating as much as 95 percent of a boat’s roll, is now turning its attention to eliminating pitch with their Seakeeper Ride system.


Propeller Precision

Yamaha’s new $20 million foundry produces about 100,000 propellers a year