Quick Hits: May 29, 2020

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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.


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.

Groupe Beneteau Hacked

The breach was detected last week, resulting in a full network shutdown and production stoppage at several locations.