Quick Hits: October 19, 2020

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The Dubai International Boat Show has been postponed for the second time this year. The event — originally scheduled for March 10-14 — was rescheduled for Nov. 24-28, and now is slated to take place March 9-13, 2021. In a statement, organizers said: “Following close consultation with Dubai Harbour and Dubai International Boat Show stakeholders, Dubai World Trade Centre shall reschedule Dubai International Boat Show to March 2021, when Dubai Harbour will be fully operational to offer the most seamless marina lifestyle experience to all international event participants, yacht owners and residents.” 

New Zealand-based foul-release coatings manufacturer Propspeed has partnered with Fairline Yachts to be standard issue on all its Volvo Penta IPS-equipped vessels. “The addition of Propspeed ... to each vessel’s IPS drive system ensures that a Fairline boat owner can count on exceptional and lasting performance and the peace of mind that comes from knowing their investment is protected from corrosion and unwanted marine growth,” said Propspeed CEO Chris Baird in a statement. Fairline’s technical services director Martyn Hicks agreed: “We have supreme confidence in the reliability and durability of Propspeed and feel that it is the best option to protect the Volvo IPS system.” 

Vantage Resource Group has launched a free Marine Dealer wholesale portal to help marine retailers share and help each other as boat demand continues and supply is strained. Dealers may not want to offer up boats they know will sell in their markets, but sometimes have models that aren’t moving locally that other dealers can sell. “Think of it as one large inventory pool to draw from when a specific boat is needed to for a certain customer, or you have a model that is just not selling in your market,” said the company in a statement. “The marine industry is changing; are you changing with it?” 


AIM to Hold Women in the Industry Virtual Breakfast

Active Interest Media’s Marine Group introduces a female-focused session for marine professionals June 3.

Great Lakes Dealer Rebrands

Now known as Trawlers Great Lakes, the former Bay Breeze Yacht Sales has been a Nordic Tugs dealer since 2002.

Registration for Outdoors Conference Opens

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s June 1-2 virtual conference will include speakers and presenters from government agencies and ORR member partners.

Yamaha Sees Double-Digit Growth in Q1

The marine segment was up 7.4 percent, driven by demand for outboards in North America and Europe but tempered by supply-chain logistics.

Orion Announces SafetyPro Training

The factory-authorized courses are designed “to educate retail associates on how to match a boater’s type of boating with the different signal kits that we offer.”

A Truce on Tariffs?

The E.U. will suspend the June 1 increase of its retaliatory tariffs and agreed to negotiate with the U.S. to end steel and aluminum tariffs.

Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar

For 20 Years, FarSounder has been developing and manufacturing 3D forward-looking sonar for vessels of all sizes.

Dometic Marine Appoints Executives

The company promotes a 20-plus-year employee and adds a vice president of aftermarket sales and e-commerce.

IMEA Launches Scholarship Program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance aims to recruit students into the field of marine technology.