Quick Hits: October 23, 2020


Brunswick Corp’s Fort Wayne, Ind., facility — where Harris and Cypress Cay pontoons are manufactured and home to the company’s Pontoon Technology Center — achieved a major milestone for the builder as its first to reach Zero Waste to Landfill status. In addition to addressing all of the site’s waste streams, some of the sustainable steps included reusing scrap wood from deck boards in shipping materials, utilizing new cutting patterns for aluminum sheets and installing a state-of-the-art air compressor system that replaces an older, water-cooled system that reportedly will save 10 million gallons of water over its lifespan. “This is only the beginning of our sustainability journey,” said Fort Wayne environmental, health and safety manager Aaron Martin in a statement. “We are thrilled to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill status, but we want to be the most sustainable pontoon builder in the world and we are working hard to achieve our goal.” 

Kemah Capital, a specialty lines managing general agency headquartered in Houston, Texas, has entered the U.S. marine market by offering recreational yacht insurance. The policies will be underwritten from a newly opened office in Essex, Conn., and the company plans to further expand into the marine market. “The opening of Kemah’s marine business is consistent with our long term strategy of controlled expansion into segments where we believe we can add true value to our customers and produce superior results for our capacity providers,” said Kemah Capital president Graham Bell in a statement.


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.