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Quick Hits: August 14, 2020

Tomorrow is the last day to enter Soundings Trade Only’s Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies awards. The awards are open to companies of all types and sizes that supply or service the marine industry. Winners will be profiled in the November issue of Soundings Trade Only and at our daily e-newsletter. In addition, they’ll be recognized at our Leadership Summit to be held during IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience. Companies can enter the contest here.

Organizers of the 61st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — set for October 28 to November 1 — have produced a “Know Before You Go” safety video outlining some of the major changes visitors can expect at this year’s show. Among other safety measures, organizers have increased entrances, moved to a contactless ticketing system, will check temperatures upon entry, widened the docks to allow for distancing, will require face coverings, and will enhance cleaning. Check out the video here.


Year-End Tax Planning Guidance

These tips can help employers maximize cash savings, minimize tax exposure and more

Mercury Marine to Open Ind. Distribution Center

The new 512,000-square-foot facility will help the manufacturer meet record consumer demand for parts and accessories. The company is also expanding production at its main campus in Wisconsin.

GM Invests $150 Million in Pure Watercraft

An interview with Pure founder and CEO Andy Rebele.

Sea Tow, Southport Boats Form “Peace of Mind” Partnership

Sea Tow’s Gold Card, which includes two years of coverage, will now come standard with new Southport models.

Yamaha Rightwaters Goes International

The conservation initiative becomes an international effort as Yamaha Motor Australia joins a cleaner-ocean campaign.

Perfect Timing

With all the new boats sold recently, it’s inevitable that a good percentage will wind up on the used market. MRAA has launched a Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program to help dealers strengthen this profit center.

A Boatbuilder in Congress?

Robert Healey Jr., of Viking Yacht Co., is running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in New Jersey.

Monterey and Blackfin to Expand Operations

The company will add 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space to meet increased demand, creating 150 job opportunities.