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Quick Hits: October 21, 2020

Grady-White Boats, a supporter of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Dealership Certification Program, have doubled down on its commitment with the MRAA and will cover costs of Dealer Week registrations for two people at each of its dealerships. “We’ve seen the Dealer Week educational line-up, and we believe that the courses offered through this event will help you create a clear game plan for your business,” wrote Grady-White sales vice president Joey Weller in a letter to dealers. “We truly believe those programs will add value to your business … with the right insights and strategies, we can build on our successes from this year.”

Brunswick Corp. increased its dividend by 12.5 percent to $0.27 — the eighth consecutive year of dividend increases. The move shows the board’s confidence in its focused marine portfolio and the company’s ongoing and reflects its commitment to execute against its strategy and capital plans, said Brunswick CEO David Foulkes. “The healthy marine market and the strong demand we continue to see for our industry leading brands, including the strong and steady profitability of our parts and accessories business, reflects the belief in our ability to continue to create long-term value for our shareholders,” said Foulkes in a statement.

During Scout Boats’ recent virtual dealer meeting, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Seven Seas Yacht Sales was named Scout Boats’ top dealer in the world for 2020, earned the brand’s top Customer Service Index rating in the world, and Seven Seas salesman Andy Renne was the world’s top salesman for the year. The company also provided a sneak peek at new models soon to debut — the 195 Sport Dorado, out now, the 277 Dorado and the 425 LXF, set to debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, as well as the 350 LXZ, slated to debut in spring 2021. Check out the full list of award winners here.



Mass. Opens Office of Outdoor Recreation

The new office will coordinate outdoor recreation policy, identify funding opportunities and more.


OneWater Marine Completes Acquisition

Harbor View Marine has a marina facility in Pensacola, Fla., and a dealership in Orange Beach, Ala.


Florida Panhandle Marina Reopens

Destroyed by Hurricane Michael in 2018, Point South Marina in Port St. Joe has new drystack storage and is adding slips.


Wakesports Luminaries Recognized

The 2022 class of Wakesports Hall of Fame inductees includes influential pioneers from the sport’s earliest years.


Sea Tow Holds Annual Meeting

The company presented awards in a variety of categories, including the Captain Joe Frohnhoefer Visionary Award, named for Sea Tow’s founder.


Four Winns Launches Electric Boat

The builder partnered with Vision Marine Technologies on the H2e, a production bowrider powered by an electric outboard.