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Quick Hits: October 2, 2020

Cruising Yachts announced that it is now a dealer for Catalina and True North at all of its California locations. (Catalina acquired True North last year.) “The quality and innovation that Catalina Yachts has continually exhibited in its product line caught our eye, and we just became more and more impressed every year,” Cruising Yachts owner Tom Dameron said in a statement. He added that the company has wanted a “high-quality powerboat line for some time, and the True North line just happens to fill that need for us.”

Merritt Precision, whose parent company is Correct Craft subsidiary Watershed Innovation, opened a tooling center in Sweetwater, Tenn., that manufactures molds, fixtures and composite parts for marine, automotive, aerospace and other industries. “Customers looking for this kind of work prefer a turnkey solution both to avoid costly delays and for a level of accountability that gets the job done without shifting responsibility to others,” Watershed president Sean Marrero said in a statement. Merritt Precision announced earlier this week it was adding a third five-axis mill at its Merritt Island, Fla., facility.

Pursuit Boats reported 1 million hours worked at its Fort Pierce, Fla., facility without a lost time incident over the course of 446 days. The company celebrated with an awards ceremony, a barbecue and a raffle of 40 items, including iPads, laptops and 70-inch televisions. “One of the most rewarding experiences of my role within Pursuit Boats is the ability to share in the drive and inspiration of our extended family of employees,” company president Bruce Thompson said in a statement



Simrad Partners for Sustainable Boating

Using C-Map cartography, the Green Assistant system is designed to curtail wastewater discharges in prohibited areas.


Kenect Acquires Friendemic

The transaction allows Kenect to leverage its business texting platform with Friendemic’s software-as-a-service model.


Two Inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

Former William Miller & Associates CEO and principal Joe Miller and Smoker Craft president and CEO Doug Smoker will be honored in a ceremony next week at IBEX.


NMTA Steps up To Boost Boating

The Northwest Marine Trade Association is awarding $1,000 Discover Boating grants to entities that promote boating in the region.


Freedom Boat Club Expands European Footprint

Windermere and Torquay are the first U.K. locations for the Brunswick subsidiary, which now has 33 locations across the United Kingdom, France and Spain.


Atlantic Marine Funds Next-Gen Techs

The dealership gave $26,500 to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation to fund scholarships for its Outboard Systems program.


MRAA Launches Podcast

The Boat Biz invites guests from across the recreational marine industry to give guidance on all aspects of selling and servicing boats.

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Dockside Chat on 3D Sonar Technology

Join Editor-in-Chief of PassageMaker Jeff Moser for a dive into 3D forward looking sonar technology with Bob Arrington and Matthew Zimmerman.


ePropulsion Opens R&D Center

Located in Shanghai, China, the new facility “plugs the gap in our research-and-development capabilities for high-power energy systems and electric propulsion systems.”