Quick Hits: October 6, 2020


The Sea Tow Foundation announced that applications for the National Boating Industry Safety Awards are due Oct. 15. The goal is to “shine the spotlight and recognize more segments within the industry who actively champion boating safety,” executive director Gail Kulp said in a statement. Winners will be announced during the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ virtual Dealer Week, Dec. 8-11.

Brunswick Corp. named Brent Dahl vice president of investor relations. He replaces Al Marchetti, who moved into the newly created position of senior director of special finance projects and finance modernization. “Brent has done a fantastic job leading our internal audit team and has excelled in various financial leadership roles within Brunswick over the past 18 years,” CEO Ryan Gwillim said in a statement. “Al understands our financial processes in detail, and I’m thrilled that that he has accepted this role that will modernize our capabilities.”

Consolidated Electronic Distributors (CED Marine) named Paul Michele senior vice president of sales and marketing. Michele is a 26-year veteran of the marine and fishing industry, having spent more than a decade at Garmin/Navionics. “I'm beyond excited to be joining CED Marine and have the opportunity to further develop their current path of rapid sales and dealer growth,” Michele said in a statement. CED Marine was founded in 1971 and sold last year, with new ownership launching an updated website and dealer portal.


Netherlands Eases Covid Measures as Metstrade Approaches

The moves by the Dutch government open up travel prior to the show, which is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 at RAI Amsterdam.

Coming to America

Swedish electric boat builder X Shore has established a North American sales office in Newport, R.I.

Registration Opens for ABYC Standards Week

Scheduled for Jan. 10-14, the conference includes sessions to review current and new standards, the group’s annual meeting and the Marine Law Symposium.

New Initiatives To Push Boating Safety

The Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Discover Boating are promoting on-water safety, one in a digital format and and one analog.

Yamaha Develops Electric Propulsion System

The Harmo system comprises a rim-drive electric motor that turns an impeller.

Mercury Supports Local Food Drive

Employees in Fond du Lac, Wis., donated more than $5,600 and 2,500 pounds of food during the company’s annual Fill the Boat to Cast Out Hunger drive.

A Record Cannes Show

The first major boat show to be held in Europe in more than a year drew 54,400 attendees during its six-day run.

Iconic Cleveland Show Returns to the I-X Center

Also, the Northwest Marine Trade Association is offering grants to promote boating and fishing.