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


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.