Quick Hits: October 22, 2020

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SkipperBud’s Brett Mumy was named Tiara Yachts top salesman and Jose Rodriguez of Boat Management was the No. 1 Tiara Sport salesperson for 2020. SkipperBud’s also took the top spot for Tiara Yachts retail sales; Quality Boats of Clearwater is Tiara Sport’s top dealer. In addition, the Holland, Mich.-based builder named leaders in international sales, as well as market share and CSI achievement. “Tiara is very proud to recognize our dealer partners and top salespersons that contributed to our market growth and retail success for the 2020 Model Year,” said Tiara sales and marketing vice president Dave O’Connell in a statement. The complete list of honorees can be seen here

Smoker Craft Inc. made “a significant donation” to the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas in support of Dealer Week, an event that is typically a large source of revenue for the association, but has moved onto a virtual platform in light of the pandemic. The executive team wanted more of their dealers to have access to the program, so Smoker Craft and MRAA are offering dealers for Smoker Craft, Startcraft and Sylvan an opportunity to double registrations for Dealer Week at no extra charge. “Dealer Week is an ideal setting for dealers to exchange ideas and learn from its fantastic educational seminars,” said Smoker Craft president Doug Smoker in a statement. “The stronger our dealers become, the more beneficial it is for everybody.”

As many European nations — and some areas in the United States — face what may be a second wave of Covid-19, and the boating season wraps up in several countries following a busy summer, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations has updated its detailed, country-by-country guide on the pandemic’s impact on the global marine business. ICOMIA lobbies on behalf of national marine associations with the goal of presenting a united voice to address industry issues. The latest update can be seen here


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Dealers worry that the absence of new boats is driving up prices.

Electric Boat Company Completes IPO Process

Canada-based e-mobility outfit Vision Marine raises $27.6 million to reinvest in its line of electric vessels and 180-hp, E-Motion outboard.

Besenzoni Introduces Electric-Powered Gangways

The company says it will introduce electric power across its line of ladders, tender lifts and more.

Quick Hits: November 30, 2020

Newmar celebrates 50 years; Pebble Mine permit denied by Army Corps; and several yacht builders will feature Raymarine.

NTSB Calls for Safety Changes After Dive Boat Fire Killed 34

Recommendations included interconnected smoke detectors and alternative escape paths.

Boat Registrations Continued to Soar

Strong demand continued through September.

2020: What We Learned

A cross- section of industry leaders weighs in.