Quick Hits: November 5, 2020

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Since the addition of Rob Parmentier as president and CEO, Sailfish Boats has seen significant growth in its dealer and dealer partner network for its line of center consoles, dual consoles and walkaround models from 22 to 36 feet. The Cairo, Ga.-based builder has added nine dealers across the country — in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Washington as well as Ontario, Canada. “Our new dealer partners not only fill open markets and opportunities for Sailfish, but also represents the best in their individual markets for sales, service, and building customer relationships,” said Parmentier in a statement. “Our quick growth and pledge from these new dealers are a strong signal that Sailfish’s steadfast commitment to making the best boats possible illustrates the company’s effort on brand growth. We offer the best boats that have the right balance of fishing features and family comfort, sold and serviced by the best group of dealer partners.” The complete list of new dealers can be seen here

Suzuki Motor Corporation reported a 27.6 percent drop in consolidated net sales for the second quarter, and a 36.8 percent decline in operating income. For its marine segment, business decreased 0.6 percent to 47.2 billion Japanese yen, around $456 million by today’s exchange rate. Operating income in the marine segment decreased 13.7 percent year-over-year to 9.3 billion Japanese yen, around $89.8 million. “They were kept at this level owing to recovery of sales of large outboard motors mainly in North America.” the company said in a statement.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.