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: March 3, 2021

RBFF’s Take Me Fishing campaign offers embeddable fishing and boating map

MAN Achieves Emissions Certifications

The engine manufacturer, which also announced an extension of its supply partnership with the Ferretti Group, now meets major emissions standards worldwide.

In-Person Palm Beach Show Approved

The city of West Palm Beach OK’d the permit for the four-day show, which opens March 25 with a host of safety precautions.

Distributor Expands ePropulsion Sales Territory

Mack Boring will now offer ePropulsion’s electric outboards in the entire North American and Central American markets.

Registration Still Open for NMMA Webinar

The March 4 State of the Industry webinar includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Rollick Secures $8.5 million in Funding

The market strategists said Web traffic in the third quarter of 2020 was up 245 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Time to Cry Foul Over Erie Canal Changes

An act has been introduced in the waning days of New York’s annual budget process that allows no opportunity for public input.