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.


Boat Demand Remains Strong, But Inventory Shortages Prevail

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: A Timeline

Changes ahead, changes behind: A long, strange year.

2020: What We Learned

A cross- section of industry leaders weighs in.