Quick Hits: November 11, 2020


Registration is open for the American Boat & Yacht Council’s Standards Week, an event the group will hold virtually Jan. 5-28 to allow attendees to be engaged in revisions to the boatbuilding and repair standards. What has usually taken place over a week of day long meetings will be extended to limit the length of virtual sessions and create an inclusive opportunity for global participation. “In a virtual setting, we know participants will still be getting all the regular work pressures and distractions, so we limited the session lengths to three hours and have different PTC meetings in the morning and afternoon,” said ABYC technical director Brian Goodwin in a statement. “This arrangement will allow attendees from around the world have dedicated time slots to focus on the standards review without sacrificing an entire workday.” Visit www.abycstandardsweek.com to learn more and register.

Oxe Marine has secured a multiyear, U.S. government contract to supply its diesel outboards to support operations in Central America, the builder’s largest distributor, Diesel Outboards LLC, said in a statement. The initial order of 50 300-hp outboards was received by defense contractor Spartan Corp., a company that will also provide support, maintenance and more for the engines. “Spartan Corp is answering the call to support interdiction operations in Central America to stem the tide of illicit operations in the region. This mission demanded dependable and powerful engines to meet the requirements of peacekeepers. Spartan Corp has chosen the OXE Diesel Outboards to provide engines to meet the challenges of this austere environment to ensure the success of this critical mission,” said Spartan founder and CEO Jess Loban.

Scout Boats is launching its new 350 LXZ in early 2021 with Webasto’s electric sunroof. Shipped to Scout Boats completely assembled for easy, trouble-free installation, the overall dimensions of the sunroof are 78.5 inches by 39.8 inches. "The styling and aesthetics of the 20 Series sunroof fit perfectly with the beauty of the Scout 350 LXZ," said Scout Boats vice president Dave Wallace in a statement. "We have also used the Webasto sunroof on our 530LXF and have been very satisfied with it."


2020: A Timeline

Changes ahead, changes behind: A long, strange year.

Boat Registrations Continued to Soar

Strong demand continued through September.

2020: What We Learned

A cross- section of industry leaders weighs in.

Boatloads of New Boaters

The influx of newbies to recreational boating.

Inventory to Remain a Challenge in 2021

Retailer sentiment remained strong in October, but dealers see a shortage of boats as a hurdle for next year

Amplifying Our Collective Voice

In this time of immense change, we all must continue to position the industry for a redefined future

Fortune Favors the Bold

Viking and Valhalla Boat Works had quite a FLIBS.