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Quick Hits: April 29, 2020

National Transportation Safety Board investigators announced the findings from a nearly two-year probe into the sinking of a duck boat on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., which resulted in the deaths of 17 of the 31 passengers on board. The NTSB faulted faulted the tour company,Ride the Ducks of Branson, for continuing tours following severe thunderstorm warnings in the area, as well as the Coast Guard for failing to require design modifications to duck boats after a sinking in 1999 killed 13.

Garmin reported strong first-quarter revenue and operating growth but said it is withdrawing its fiscal guidance, given the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Revenue from the marine segment grew 22 percent in the quarter, which Garmin attributed to sales of plotters and sonar.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Detroit’s car companies are targeting May 18 to commence limited production at U.S. factories. WSJ said executives from General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler agreed on the timeline after talks with leadership from the United Auto Workers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office.


Mercury Introduces Joystick Piloting for Single-Outboard Pontoons

Only previously available on multi-outboard boats, joystick piloting now will be offered for single-outboard pontoon boats.

U.S. and U.K. to Discuss Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Boat Imports.

The nations plan to negotiate retaliatory tariffs on U.S.-made boats entering the United Kingdom.

Limestone Boat Company Launches the L-200R

The company also announces the release of an electric outboard roadmap and the availability of Aquasport boats in Canada.

A Tax Incentive for Innovation

A deep dive into the research and development tax credit usually yields savings

ABYC Reschedules Meetings

Postponed due to Covid, the annual meeting goes virtual in February, and the Marine Law Symposium moves to April in Providence, R.I.

Daiwa Appoints Marketing Manager

Marc Mills will handle marketing efforts for North American and South American markets.

VIP Access Available for MIBS

The tickets include admission to the VIP lounges at One Herald Plaza and the Miami Beach Convention Center, along with other perks.

South Fork Wind Farm Gets EPA Approval

The Clean Air Act permit contains pollution control requirements for the construction and operation of the wind farm, which will be located southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.