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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.”


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.