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.”


Quick Hits: October 30, 2020

HMY Yacht Sales opens new office; FLIR, Patrick Industries, Marine Products Corp., and Twin Disc all report quarterly financials.

BoatUS, Stakeholders Ask FCC to Reconsider Approval of Ligado L-Band Wireless Plan

A group says the land-based, industrial 5G L-Band wireless network will make the nation’s GPS system less reliable.

VIDEO: Get On Board Campaign Sees Results

The boating and fishing industry worked together to leverage the health benefits of both activities during the pandemic.

Yamaha Tech School Partnership Program Hits Century Mark

The outboard manufacturer’s program creates a student-to-technician pipeline for Yamaha dealers and provides technical schools with instructor-led courses and tools.

A Wealth of Debuts at FLIBS

Over 20 new models are premiering at the downsized show; here are some of the standouts under 60 feet.

One of a Kind

This year’s FLIBS is truly unlike any other: notably less crowds, but with a healthy dose of serious buyers.