Author Archives: Adam Quandt

ABYC Foundation’s virtual Educator Training Conference underway

ABYC Educator Training Conference logo

Over 100 educators and marine industry professionals representing 24 states, Canada, Bermuda, Germany, and the British Virgin Islands, logged in yesterday morning to participate in the ABYC Foundation’s second Educator Training Conference (ETC), which continues today. Participants will spend the time online to discuss best practices for teaching marine service technology at secondary and post-secondary schools. Registration remains open. Those ...

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MarineMax reports record Q3

MarineMax, Inc. recently announced results for its third quarter ended June 30, 2021. Revenue grew 34%, or over $168 million, to $666.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 from $498.3 million in the comparable period last year. Same-store sales grew 6% on top of a 37% increase in the comparable quarter last year. MarineMax said overall revenue growth ...

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Barletta makes acquisition announcement benefitting employees

Earlier this week, Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Barletta Pontoon Boats (Barletta). Barletta anticipates the acquisition, which is expected to close in the Fall of 2021, will allow the manufacturer to further accelerate its growth, expand their offerings, and gain greater share of the pontoon boat market segment. On Monday, July ...

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NMEA opens call for product award nominations

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) will be awarding over 20 manufacturer product awards at the upcoming NMEA Conference & Expo, at the Doubletree Universal Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Here are the details on the 2021 awards program that NMEA invites all manufacturers to participate in. Product of Excellence Awards:NMEA members will be able to vote on the following 18 ...

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Boats Group invests in European boat rental platform

Click&Boat, the leading boat rental platform in Europe, recently announced a significant investment from funds advised by Permira, the global private equity firm, alongside Boats Group. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in France, Click&Boat’s unique, technology-enabled platform matches boating enthusiasts with over 40,000 boats in more than 600 destinations globally, enabling them to rent a boat easily and efficiently. The ...

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MMTA workforce solutions amendment passes state budget

Last week Governor Baker signed the 2022 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry. This funding will continue the progress the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has made to meet the workforce challenges within the industry. The recreational boating industry in Massachusetts has an economic impact of ...

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Sea Scout Ship 1959 takes 2021 BoatUS National Flagship Award

Sea Scouts is a co-educational program from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that teaches youth boating and leadership skills with on-water practice and outdoor, social and community service experiences. During the pandemic, local Sea Scout “ships” have faced significant challenges. One such group chartered in 2019, Sea Scout Ship 1959 Seafarers Commitment barely had a full year of activity before it faced ...

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Coast Guard Foundation to host livestream event

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced it will honor the Coast Guard’s proud legacy of service and highlight its heroes from across the Nation with the inaugural Heroes of the Coast Guard livestream event on the 231st birthday of the Coast Guard, August 4, ...

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Winnebago Industries to acquire Barletta

Winnebago Industries, Inc. an outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Barletta Pontoon Boats (“Barletta”) for an initial consideration of $255 million in cash and newly-issued Winnebago Industries shares, plus up to $15 million in Winnebago Industries shares upon the achievement of performance milestones at the end of calendar 2021. Certain growth ...

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Brunswick names new Lund Boats president, promotes aluminum boat group president

Lund Boats, a division of Brunswick Corporation announced Lenn Scholz as president of Lund Boats, replacing Dirk Hyde who has been promoted to president of Brunswick’s Aluminum Boat Group. Hyde has spent three decades in various leadership positions within Brunswick including COO of Attwood, President of Crestliner, President of Harris and Cypress Cay and President of Lund Boats. Scholz is ...

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