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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.




Marine Concepts Names Chief Executive

Industry veteran Terry McNew had a long tenure at MasterCraft, where he led the company through its initial public offering.


CED Marine Adds Sales Manager

Mark Sullivan previously spent more than 15 years at Navico and will cover the Southeast.


Writing Contest Open for Entries

Boating Writers International’s annual competition recognizes achievements in marine journalism, photography and videography.


MRAA’s Dealer Week Opens Tomorrow

The annual conference includes more than 20 educational sessions to help dealers adapt to the changing marketplace.


Industry Mourns Cruisers Yachts Owner

K.C. Stock, who was 84, was known for his “commitment to the employees at Cruisers Yachts.”


Grand Banks Purchases Florida Property

The parcel, which is opposite the company’s Stuart yard, has berths for up to nine boats and will increase service capabilities.


Limestone Boat Co. Posts Q3 Results

Unit production was down compared with the second quarter, and revenues decreased 33%.


Yamaha Dealers Now Carry Siren Systems

Siren Marine’s “Connected Boat” technology can be purchased and installed at more than 2,100 Yamaha outboard dealers.


Northpoint Expands Marine Presence

Northpoint Commercial Finance has partnered with Elite Recreational Finance to offer retail financing.