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Quick Hits: April 20, 2020

Changing restrictions throughout the United States and strict social distancing guidelines have liveaboards in the Caribbean holed up in their boats and charter fleets devoid of clients, according to an article in The New York Times. With hurricane season approaching and cruisers compelled to leave by their insurers, many boaters don’t know where to go.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations, with its myriad connections worldwide, has provided Trade Only Today with an update on how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting marine businesses globally.


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.