Quick Hits: September 18, 2020

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Federal documents show that crew members on a dive boat that caught fire, killing 34 people as they slept below deck, were not trained in emergency procedures, according to the Associated Press. Last September, the boat caught fire, killing 34. A crew member reported seeing sparks after plugging in his cellphone — just hours before the fire. One rescuer said that the all-wooden hull of the boat and diesel fuel made the fire volatile. Authorities are still determining what caused the fire aboard Conception

A Global Ocean Security Technologies system stopped thieves from an attempted electronics theft not once, but twice, on an Everglades 435. The boat was equipped with GOST’s NT-Evolution 2.0 system and when the sensor was tripped, triggering the siren, strobe and flashing tower and hardtop lights, the thieves scattered. The owner, Kenny McLeskey, said he once lost all his MFDs when the GOST had been disarmed at a boatyard. “Since then, I never leave it anywhere without arming my system,” said McLeskey in a statement. “Unfortunately, five other boats at the marina and several more at the neighboring marina had no defense and the thieves made off with tens of thousands worth of electronics.”


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.