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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.


Heimensen Named MarineMax Marketing VP

The yacht retailer announced it has promoted its longtime marketing director Abbey Heimensen.

C.G. Foundation Launches GivingTuesday Matching Challenge

The Coast Guard Foundation is launching a matching gift in which Geico Military will triple all donations received by midnight tonight.

Argo App Experiences Growth

Over a two-year period, the navigation and social boating app has expanded its on-the-water community to 50,000 boaters, with functionality upgrades planned in the future.

Land ‘N’ Sea Sees Hybrid Show Success

The Brunswick Corp. division is reporting jumps in sales and attendance while hosting both virtual and in-person events.

Hands Off My Lobster!

A U.K. government report looks to change welfare laws around crustaceans and cephalopods.