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Quick Hits: April 30, 2020

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.


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.