Quick Hits: April 23, 2020


Melanie Cole and Vicky DeRouchey — co-founders of waterproof electronics case manufacturer Ugo — gathered 18 other marine-related businesses for Nineteen for 19, a raffle with prizes valued at more than $3,000. A $19 donation to enter the raffle benefits Modest Needs Foundation, a non-profit that offers emergency relief to those in need. “We’re contributing something good in this unprecedented, bad-news time, and we’re inviting you to do the same,”Cole said in a statement.

After nearly a month at sea, crossing the Atlantic from the Canary Islands, Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborne learned of the covid-19 pandemic when they weren’t allowed to dock in the Caribbean. The BBC reported that the couple had told their families not to share bad news while they were underway. Now in St. Vincent, Manighetti and Osborne are facing the same problems as other cruisers — few options on where to go and required to leave before hurricane season.


Suzuki Powers Forest River’s New Nepallo Pontoon Boats

The new Nepallo line of pontoon boats with Suzuki engines will be sold at select Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors stores.

West Marine CEO to Keynote Annual MRA Event

With a “Climate for Change” theme, the Marine Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show is set for Oct. 11-13.

Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

A field of 2,000 anglers in 1,000 boats saw a nearly 10-pound bass capture first place in the annual Skeeter owner’s tournament.

Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.