Quick Hits: September 17, 2020

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The New Zealand Marine Industry Association have announced the cancellation of the Auckland Boat Show — slated for Oct. 8-11 — just as the build-out of the event was due to commence. Organizers said that because of the continued uncertainly around Covid-19 levels, this was the best course of action. “New Zealand’s largest boat show was scheduled to open in three weeks … but with uncertainty on which restriction levels will be in force at that time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show,” said show organizer Stacey Cook in a statement

International supplier Vetus will hold a virtual boat show that will allow customers to browse the company’s product line of bow thrusters, engines, generators, control panels, and accessories like water strainers, port lights and ventilation hatches. The platform will be used to introduce new products, offer deals and connect attendees with personnel; it will be regularly updated with new products as well. “With boat shows cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we realize the importance of online marketing in connecting with our customers and have created an enjoyable and informative substitute for the physical shows as part of our digital business strategy,” said Vetus online marketing director Babette van Waes in a statement

Twin Screws Marine Service of Fort Myers has joined Florida’s Mastry Suzuki RePower Center network, of which there are 10 throughout the state. The location’s factory authorized technicians have been servicing the area for nearly a decade, offering repairs, refits, accessory services and repowers. “We are pleased and proud to welcome Twin Screws Marine Service of Fort Myers as the newest member of the network of Mastry Suzuki RePower Centers,” said Mastry Engine Center’s president Kevin Carlan in a statement. "The company’s reputation for excellence and commitment to quality customer service makes them an ideal partner.”


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.