Quick Hits: October 26, 2020


Traction mat and seat cover outfit Hydro-Turf has been acquired by Greg Pickren, adding to the marine entrepreneur’s brands that include Marine Mat, SEI Marine Products, BlackTip Jet Sports, Adonis Impellers and more, with manufacturing facilities in the United States and Taiwan. Plans are to move the company to a larger facility in Tampa early next year. “Hydro-Turf…is the leader in watercraft traction mats and seat covers, and we are extremely excited about this acquisition,” said Pickren in a statement. “Hydro-Turf will continue to provide the same outstanding level of customer service and product quality, something for which the company has been known for over the last thirty years.”

Former president and chief operating officer for Nintendo of America — Reginald Fils-Aimé — has been elected to Brunswick Corp.’s board of directors. “We are excited to welcome Reggie to Brunswick’s board of directors,” said Brunswick Corp. non-executive board chairman Manuel Fernandez in a statement. “As a highly respected and seasoned executive, Reggie’s experience in consumer-facing initiatives and digital technology will make him a valued addition to our strong and experienced board of directors. We look forward to benefiting from Reggie’s expertise as we continue to develop deeper relationships with our customers.”


Wholesale Shipments Drop in September

NMMA: Easing supply chain constraints should enable more manufacturers to build boats.

Dealers: What’s Your 2021 Retail Outlook?

The monthly Pulse Report asks marine retailers to weigh in on November market conditions.

2020 On Track for More Than 300,000 Boat Registrations

It’s the highest number since 2007, when there were almost 400,000 boats registered for the year.

A United Industry Voice Impacts Summer Sales

The comprehensive collective effort of the Get on Board campaign was a key factor in generating boatloads of new customers.

Boating Writer Scholarship Now Open

The BWI Active Interest Media Boating Journalist Scholarship is now accepting applications through January 15. College students are encouraged to apply for the $3,000 scholarship.

Quick Hits: November 24, 2020

Bluewater Yacht Sales expands; ICOMIA issues yacht coatings guide; and Elcome expands forecasting services.

Iris Innovations Launches Garmin OneHelm Compatible Camera and Alarm Management System

The UK-based company’s new products allow users to manage all onboard cameras and alarms via Garmin MFDs.