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


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.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.