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.


Sea Tow Forecasts Another Busy Summer

The company had a 34 percent increase in assistance requests last summer, and the results of a survey found that people will continue to take to the water amid the pandemic.

NMMA Urges Action on E.U. Tariff

The 25 percent retaliatory tariff on American-built boats and engines, resulting in a 42 percent decline in exports to the European Union, is set to double June 1.

Brunswick’s Electrified, Connected Future

During the annual Investors Day, the company revealed its “Next Wave” strategic plan, which includes five electric propulsion products and a new boat brand by 2023.

MasterCraft Delivers Third Consecutive Record Quarter

Net sales, gross profit and net income all saw significant jumps in the third quarter, and the builder raised its fiscal-year outlook.

MRAA Board Contributes to BoatPAC

Every board member contributed to the non-partisan political action committee, which works with congressional members who recognize the importance of boating.

Educator Training Conference Agenda Announced

The ABYC Foundation’s virtual conference is scheduled for July 20-22, with speakers covering a host of topics around creating the future workforce.

RIMTA Awarded $30K Grant

The financial support will go toward its fiberglass boat recycling pilot project.

Sandy Hook Yacht Sales adds Intrepid

The dealership and brokerage firm has six locations in New Jersey and Florida.

Everglades Expands Executive Team

The Edgewater, Fla.-based manufacturer adds positions in finance, sales and marketing and operations.