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.”


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.