Quick Hits: September 1, 2020

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Who says you can’t come home again? Fairline Yachts welcomes back James Powell to the role of sales director, where he’ll manage the U.K. builder’s global dealer network and sales. He has held various roles for Fairline during his 35-year run in the marine industry, most recently overseeing sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “I am delighted to return to Fairline. I have a genuine passion for the brand and am looking forward to reconnecting with the team and dealers around the world. The recent product launches provide exciting opportunities for the brand and its future success,” Powell said in a statement

After adding Big Thunder Marine Palm Beach to its dealership network in mid-June and Bonita Boat Center in Bonita Springs, Fla. last month, Fountain Powerboats continues its all-out assault on Sunshine State expansion, tapping Jacksonville’s North Florida Yacht Sales as the latest addition to its dealer network. "We are excited to join Team Fountain and reintroduce this benchmark in offshore boats to the North Florida and [southeast] Georgia market," said NFYS president Greg Taylor in a statement. "Our team is poised and ready to let everyone in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and the surrounding areas know that the Fountain Powerboats legend speeds on."

TCF Financial Corporation has teamed with the United Marine Manufacturer's Association on a financing program aimed at its network of builders and dealers. The program will provide UMMA members a suite of services that include competitive pricing, incentives and rebate options. “UMMA is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with TCF Inventory Finance in providing aggressive and competitive floor planning solutions for our member boat builders,” said UMMA president Kent Wooldridge in a statement. “Financing is an incredibly important resource for builders and their dealers, and the goal of securing a program that helps ensure their competitiveness has long been a mission that UMMA has pursued. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.” 


Suzuki Powers Forest River’s New Nepallo Pontoon Boats

The new Nepallo line of pontoon boats with Suzuki engines will be sold at select Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors stores.

West Marine CEO to Keynote Annual MRA Event

With a “Climate for Change” theme, the Marine Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show is set for Oct. 11-13.

Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

A field of 2,000 anglers in 1,000 boats saw a nearly 10-pound bass capture first place in the annual Skeeter owner’s tournament.

Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.