Quick Hits: October 15, 2020

The first edition of the Hong Kong Yacht Show, which had been slated for Nov. 19-22, has been postponed. “There is unfortunately still a lot of uncertainty about exactly what we would be able to deliver next month. So, with the agreement of the vast majority of our exhibitors…we have decided to postpone the show to October 2021,” said show co-organizer CEO Andy Treadwell of Verventia in a statement. “By that time, we are all confident that these dramatically unpredictable and economically difficult times will be behind us, and we will be able to deliver a truly professional, attractive, entertaining and highly populated boat show, worthy of its name, and a proper representation of our important industry.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with Wildlife Forever to host the Florida State Fish Art Contest for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Winners will be selected by the FWC in four grade categories: kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, seventh through ninth grade and 10th through 12th grade. The deadline for entry is March 31. “We are committed to increasing youth participation in freshwater and saltwater fishing through this effort,” said Florida FWC director Eric Sutton in a statement. Find more details on how to enter here.

Blue Water Marine Paint is now available at West Marine. Founded in 1959, the company was acquired by New Nautical Coatings last year. “Blue Water boat paints available through West Marine gives American boaters immediate access to antifouling paint, primers and topside coatings that don’t cost a fortune to use,” said Blue Water CEO Erik Norrie in a statement. “Ordering Blue Water paints online makes it easy for DIYers and boatyards alike to get high-value protective coatings delivered just-in-time.”


‘A Phenomenal Success’

The Southampton International Boat Show had more than 88,000 visitors during its 10-day run, after last year’s cancellation.

TopSide Marinas Makes First Two Acquisitions

Founded in January 2020, the firm has thus far acquired Beavers Bend Marina in Oklahoma and Galveston Yacht Basin in Texas.

Two Boosts for Boating and Fishing

MBIA’s Metro Boat show show draws a crowd, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands boating and fishing opportunities.

Norwalk Boat Show Held This Weekend

The NMMA show runs through Sunday at Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, Conn.

Raritan Expands Team

Patrick McNeel joins the New Jersey-based manufacturer as a marine equipment product developer.

Industry Mourns Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara

The longtime publisher of Lakeland Boating magazine has died at 81.

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.