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Quick Hits: October 22, 2020

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


AIM Marine Group Hosts Meet the Editors Event

More than a dozen editors from Active Interest Media’s Marine Group participated in the day-long, information-sharing event.

Fairline Makes Leadership Appointments

The British luxury boatbuilder founded plans to chart its course for the future with a new CEO and the return of Derek Carter as chairman.

Battle on the Great Lakes Rages On

The Icebreaker Wind Turbine Development faces strong headwinds from boating and fishing groups.

Limestone Boat Co. Expands Dealer Network

The company adds four new dealers to its roster, with three to represent Aquasport Boats.

NMEA Announces ‘22 Training Course Schedule

For next year, marine training courses will be offered as virtual and in-person sessions for basic marine electronics installers, and in-person only for advanced installers.

GM Invests $150M in Electric Boat Start-Up

General Motors has acquired a 25-percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit.

Patrick Acquires Marine and RV Seating Maker

The Elkhart, Ind.-based component manufacturer finalized its purchase of Williamsburg Marine and Williamsburg Furniture.