Quick Hits: April 30, 2020

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The Maine Boat & Home Show, scheduled for Aug. 7-9, has been canceled. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine publisher John K. Hanson Jr. said the decision was made after Gov. Janet Mills cautioned that large gatherings likely will continue to be prohibited through summer, and that visitors will be required to quarantine for 14 days. “We don’t want to do anything that might cause harm to this community that has given so much to us over the years,” Hanson said in a statement. The show is rescheduled for Aug. 13-15, 2021.

Marine Products Corp. reported a 28.8 percent drop in net sales in the first quarter, attributed to a nearly 30 percent decrease in net unit sales. Gross profit for the quarter dropped 35.3 percent. The parent company of Chaparral and Robalo announced reduced cash dividends for the quarter. Management said during a call with investors that the company would resume production next week.

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will speak May 14 during the American Boating Congress, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Bernhardt will outline steps the Trump administration is taking to reopen public lands and waters. ABC is being held virtually May 13-14.


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.