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Quick Hits: April 22, 2020

The National Marine Distributors Association board of directors announced it canceled this year’s S.T.E.P. conference, scheduled for July 20-23. “With the meetings held in the living rooms of the suites, there is no way to practice social distancing,” NMDA executive director Nancy Cueroni said in a statement. “We will have S.T.E.P. in July 2021 once the details have been finalized.”

Power catamaran builder World Cat said in a statement that it named Chad Armstrong director of sales and marketing. For the last six years, Armstrong was among the sales leaders at World Cat dealer Unique Marine in Tavernier Key, Fla. “Chad has been one of our top salesman year after year, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable about our entire product line,” World Cat CEO Andrew Brown said in the statement.

Front Street Shipyard said it is taking delivery of a five-axis waterjet cutter — the largest of its kind in Maine. “This machine will streamline our work on custom and production boats, reducing costs and improving the quality of the end products,” JB Turner, president of the Belfast-based yard, said in a statement. “It also gives us the opportunity to diversify the services we offer beyond boatbuilding and repair.”

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