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.”


AIM to Hold Women in the Industry Virtual Breakfast

Active Interest Media’s Marine Group introduces a female-focused session for marine professionals June 3.

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.