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Quick Hits: April 27, 2020

While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order extends the state’s stay-at-home policy through May 15, the state lifted restrictions on several sporting activities, including powerboating. After the announcement, several lawsuits against the governor were dropped, with other pending litigation expected to follow suit.

In short, Malcolm McLean built a better box. Sixty-four years ago this week, the first intermodal shipping containers featuring McLean’s innovative twistlock made their maiden voyage from the Port of Newark, N.J., to Houston, and on to ubiquity. His twistlock made it possible to stack and lock several containers together, then release and latch onto semis utilizing the same mechanism.

The Shanghai International Boat Show, set for June 22-24, has been postponed until next year.“Although the covid-19 outbreak has been largely controlled in China, the spread of the global epidemic has brought more uncertainties for exhibitions,” organizers said in a statement. The 2021 show is scheduled for April 1-3.



Marine Concepts Names Chief Executive

Industry veteran Terry McNew had a long tenure at MasterCraft, where he led the company through its initial public offering.


CED Marine Adds Sales Manager

Mark Sullivan previously spent more than 15 years at Navico and will cover the Southeast.


Writing Contest Open for Entries

Boating Writers International’s annual competition recognizes achievements in marine journalism, photography and videography.


MRAA’s Dealer Week Opens Tomorrow

The annual conference includes more than 20 educational sessions to help dealers adapt to the changing marketplace.


Industry Mourns Cruisers Yachts Owner

K.C. Stock, who was 84, was known for his “commitment to the employees at Cruisers Yachts.”


Grand Banks Purchases Florida Property

The parcel, which is opposite the company’s Stuart yard, has berths for up to nine boats and will increase service capabilities.


Limestone Boat Co. Posts Q3 Results

Unit production was down compared with the second quarter, and revenues decreased 33%.


Yamaha Dealers Now Carry Siren Systems

Siren Marine’s “Connected Boat” technology can be purchased and installed at more than 2,100 Yamaha outboard dealers.


Northpoint Expands Marine Presence

Northpoint Commercial Finance has partnered with Elite Recreational Finance to offer retail financing.