Quick Hits: October 21, 2020

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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.


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.