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Quick Hits: April 8, 2020

The Palm Beach International Boat Show, rescheduled last month and slated for May 14-17 will be postponed, again. “The show date and status … unfortunately remain fluid under the circumstances,” said Informa president Andrew Poole and Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County president George Gentile in a statement.

Just a few weeks after Suzuki Motor of America announced their Panama City, Fla.-based tech center, the Japanese manufacturer has named David Greenwood as general manager of the new facility. “We’re fortunate to have somebody so qualified and so well prepared to step into this important position and help direct the future of Suzuki outboards,” said marine vice president George “Gus” Blakely in a statement. Greenwood has been with Suzuki for 34 years.

Imtra is open with limited shipping, after having shut down for the coronavirus. The company said it was able to ship 400 packages on Friday, and said it continues to take orders.


Soundings Trade Only Names Editor-in-Chief

Gary Reich takes the helm from Jeff Moser, who becomes editor-in-chief of sister magazine PassageMaker.

St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.