Quick Hits: November 3, 2020


The National Marine Manufacturers Association will host a webinar on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. to discuss the results of the 2020 election, and what the results mean for the recreational marine industry. The lineup includes NMMA government and legal affairs vice president Nicole Vasilaros, Forbes-Tate partner George Cooper, and Hamilton Place Strategies partner Tucker Warren, according to the NMMA. They will also host followup webinars to examine the elections’ impact on various states. Register for the Post-Election Federal Advocacy Briefing here

Marine distress signal supplier Wescom Signal and Rescue is sponsoring Latitude 35, a four-man team that will participate in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge — a 3,000-mile ocean rowing race that kicks off this December. The extreme event starts on the Canary Islands and ends in the English Harbour of Antigua, and has raised more than 6 million pounds, roughly $7.8 million, for people in need. “Flares are an essential piece of kit that we must carry, and WesCom Signal and Rescue manufacturers the best on the market,” said LAT35 team member Jimmy Carroll in a statement. “Handling pyrotechnics professionally is key and understanding how to use them is an important part of the preparation we have undertaken to take part in the race.”


Boat Demand Remains Strong, But Inventory Shortages Prevail

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.