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Quick Hits: April 16, 2020

Four Michigan residents are suing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her state’s stay-at-home restrictions. The lawsuit argues that ordering businesses to shut down, banning travel to private homes and restricting freedom to associate with one another violates constitutional rights. “We have a hard time reconciling how you can go to the store but you can't go out on your fishing boat,” attorney David Helm told Fox2 Detroit.

Smart Source, whose mats, flags and signage are used by dozens of manufacturers at boat shows and at dealerships, is making its healthcare-related product line, including personal protective equipment, more available to the marine segment as companies reopen. “It makes sense for us reach out and assist the marine community with whom we have longstanding relationships,” Paul Lampasona, marine industry sales manager, said in a statement.


Soundings Trade Only Names Editor-in-Chief

Gary Reich takes the helm from Jeff Moser, who becomes editor-in-chief of sister magazine PassageMaker.

St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.