Quick Hits: September 9, 2020

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California-based MB Sports have agreed on the terms of licensing Malibu Boats, Inc.’s intellectual property that include a one-time payment and a portion of future royalties to be made to Malibu. “The boating industry continues to show respect for Malibu’s innovations,” Malibu CEO Jack Springer said in a statement. “Today, over 20 brands directly or indirectly license our IP, and in the towboat manufacturing segment, every significant towboat OEM now licenses Malibu’s patents.” On a related note, Malibu IP is the subject of the company’s ongoing patent litigation against what Springer called “the sole exception” in the towboat space, Skier’s Choice. A court had entered a favorable claim construction against the builder of Supra and Moomba boats, who Malibu says is infringing on its patents. 

It’s been a summer of milestones for Cox Powertrain. Back in June. the U.K.-based manufacturer attained EPA Tier 3 approval for its most powerful, 300-hp CXO300 diesel outboard and its Florida distributor, Ring Power, started to receive shipments of the first production units. Now, the first installation of the engines is complete, with a twin setup on an Intrepid Nomad 345. “The production CXO300 engines are everything we expected and more,” said Ring Power sales and marketing specialist Royal Hendrix in a statement. The production engines meet all our expectations and we continue to be amazed after every trip on the water.” 


A Collective Voice Against Tariffs

Organizations in the E.U. and U.S. have issued a statement ahead of next week’s Brussels Summit urging for the termination of retaliatory tariffs.

ABYC Free Webinar Series Returns

The association’s online learning events will continue with “Fuel System Troubleshooting” on June 17.

Getting to Know the Newbies

At last week’s Partners Outdoors symposium, RBFF’s Stephanie Vatalaro shared information that can help the marine industry get to know its new audiences.

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns will start using eco-packaging that you can cut up and use in the garden.

Brunswick Corp. CEO to Headline Innovation Summit

David Foulkes will speak on implementation at the Sept. 9 summit, organized by Correct Craft.

Navico Hires Americas PR Manager

Navico brings its public-relations duties in-house with the hiring of Kim Rodriquez.

Galeon Expands Dealer Network

The builder looks to British Columbia-based dealer Freedom Marine to grow the brand in western Canada.

No Inventory? Now Is Not The Time to Stop Marketing

The MRAA’s Webinar “Marketing When You Have No Inventory” covered how dealers can build long-term equity with new and returning customers as demand outpaces supply.