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Quick Hits: April 9, 2020

Chaparral and Robalo parent company Marine Products Corp., donated a shipment of hundreds of N95 masks to nursing homes and three hospitals in rural, southern Georgia. The masks, originally intended for its workers, were critical, especially as small hospitals struggle to get supplies, Chaparral vice president Ann Baldree told Trade Only. “They were desperate and were very appreciative,” said Baldree. “The state of Georgia is approaching a crisis mode.”

In a case that goes back to 2018, the conviction of a Miami charter captain who recklessly backed up a 91-foot yacht — leading to the death of a passenger — was upheld. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a district court was reasonable in sentencing Mauricio Alvarez to three years in federal prison via the Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute.

Marine Retailers Association of the Americas president Matt Gruhn was appointed to Minnesota’s Outdoor Recreation Task Force by the Department of Natural Resources and the state’s tourism board. The goal of the task force is to expand access to the outdoors and find areas for economic growth through outdoor recreation.



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.