Quick Hits: September 29, 2020

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Organizers announced that the Toronto Boat Show, scheduled for Jan. 15-24, has been canceled. “Despite our extensive efforts and multiple plans to provide a safe environment for attendees and exhibitors, we did not feel comfortable proceeding having the current information from public health and case numbers heading into the fall,” show director Linda Waddell said in a statement. “Every exhibitor who has worked with us in the past has experienced our culture of prioritizing a safe environment above everything else.”

In July, Draco Boats announced it was entering the U.S. market with the Draco 22 and 27. Since then, increased market demand has led the Sweden-based builder to expand its U.S. dealer network with importer and distributor Navic. “Continuing our expansion into the U.S. market requires established dealers eager to promote an exceptional brand,” said Cuyler Morris, Draco Boats USA, in a statement. Draco plans to launch the 28 CC nest year.

Marine industry veteran Jeremy Davis was named regional sales director for Diesel Outboards, the distributor of Oxe Marine outboards in several states and throughout Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Davis was most recently director of sales at Seakeeper. “I am very excited to join this dynamic team at Diesel Outboards. The OXE diesel outboard is the future of commercial, government and recreational boating,” Davis said in a statement.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corp. announced a project to dredge approximately 4.1 million cubic yards of material from the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla. The $116.5 million project is slated to start toward the end of the year. “We look forward to continuing to support the Port of Jacksonville and believe this significant investment will deliver longstanding benefits to the local economy and local workers,” Great Lakes president and CEO Lasse Petterson said in a statement


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.