Quick Hits: November 20, 2020

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The 2021 lineup and dates for the National Marine Electronics Association’s installer training classes has been announced, with all sessions taking place virtually for the first half of next year. “The safety of our students and trainers is the top priority, so that is why we are training 100 percent virtually until June 2021,” said NMEA president and executive director Mark Reedenauer in a statement. “If the trend and numbers are favorable, our hopes are that NMEA can offer classroom (in-person) trainings in the months of June in Florida, September at the annual NMEA Conference in Anaheim, Calif., and in December in Annapolis, Md.” To view a complete list of marine installer training classes and to register, click here

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations has released its comprehensive 2019 Recreational Boating Industry Statistics Book. Included in the volume are detailed, country-by-country reports on marine businesses, industry features, export/import data, key product segments and statistics from ICOMIA’s myriad committees, including marine engines, international boat shows, a superyacht shipyards report and more. There is also a overview section on Covid-19’s impact on marine businesses. The book can be purchased here

Marine security company Global Ocean Security Technologies, or GOST, has added to its technical support team, naming Scott Breaux as technical support specialist. In his new position focused completely on customers and dealers, Breaux will be tasked with configuring and troubleshooting tracking and security systems as well as assisting installers with video surveillance setup. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Breaux “has a vast breadth of knowledge and experience to draw from and we are confident he will efficiently and professionally help our vessel owners, crew members and professional installing marine electronics dealers to get the most out of their GOST system,” said GOST president and CEO Jay Keenan in a statement


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Dealers worry that the absence of new boats is driving up prices.

Electric Boat Company Completes IPO Process

Canada-based e-mobility outfit Vision Marine raises $27.6 million to reinvest in its line of electric vessels and 180-hp, E-Motion outboard.

Besenzoni Introduces Electric-Powered Gangways

The company says it will introduce electric power across its line of ladders, tender lifts and more.

Quick Hits: November 30, 2020

Newmar celebrates 50 years; Pebble Mine permit denied by Army Corps; and several yacht builders will feature Raymarine.

NTSB Calls for Safety Changes After Dive Boat Fire Killed 34

Recommendations included interconnected smoke detectors and alternative escape paths.

Boat Registrations Continued to Soar

Strong demand continued through September.

2020: What We Learned

A cross- section of industry leaders weighs in.