Quick Hits: October 20, 2020


David K. Witty has been named chief technology officer of OneWater Marine. Witty, who has over 33 years in the marine industry, will move from his role as executive vice president of retail operations for the Buford, Ga.-based boat retailer. “Today’s announcement reflects the importance OneWater places on embedding and leveraging proprietary technology and digital infrastructure within the core of our operations,” said OneWater COO Anthony Aisquith in a statement. “Dave is a key member of the OneWater team and he will be laser focused on developing and refining our industry leading proprietary technology that is foundational to our continued growth.” 

Three Michigan marinas have been named as Certified Clean Marinas — a voluntary program focused on environmental and managerial best management practices that exceed regulatory requirements. Klave’s Marina in Pinckney, Ryde Marine Inc. in Alanson, and South Shore Marine LLC in Whitehall have been certified through three-year terms. In addition, four Michigan marinas were also re-certified: G. Marsten Dame Marina in Northport Harbor; City of Harbor Springs Municipal Marina; Mackinaw City Municipal Marina; and Yacht Basin Marina in Holland. “MBIA encourages all marinas to pursue this voluntary certification,” said MBIA executive director Nicki Polan in a statement. “It is not difficult, and there are both financial and environmental gains that come with this effort.”

During last month’s virtual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, the National Marine Representatives Association held its annual meeting and elected its board and officers. NMRA’s new president is ComMar sales’ Scott Kolodny; Aaron Freeman of Tideline Marketing is vice president, with Mark Goodman of SGL Sales & Marketing and Craig Cochran of GSW & Associates filling seats as treasurer and secretary, respectively. The Board of Directors includes Kurt Fromherz, Chris Aruta, James Dade, Robert Guerrieri, Jorge Montes and Mike Steiner. "While we enjoy the face-to-face comradery of our annual board and general meetings at IBEX, the virtual platform worked well," said Kolodny in a statement. "It allowed us to conduct all our association business and make plans for exciting new projects to be completed in 2021."


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.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.