Quick Hits: August 17, 2020

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Patrick Industries Inc. announced that on Aug. 13, its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on Sept. 14, according to a statement. "Momentum in our RV and marine markets continues to be strong, reflecting the value proposition of outdoor recreation and the ability to spend quality time with family and friends in a Covid and post-Covid environment,” said Patrick CEO Andy Nemeth in a separate statement discussing second-quarter earnings, released last month. 

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker warned that an abundance of gatherings that ignore social distancing guidelines would lead to some changes in state guidelines in dealing with Covid-19. “I think from our point of view, if we continue to see rises in positive test rates, we’re going to have to make some changes,” Baker said. The governor made good on his promise and has now banned raft-ups in a memorandum on boating on the state’s waterways. In addition to outlining social distancing rules at boat ramps, parking areas and more, the memo states that all recreational crafts will now have to “remain a safe distance apart [and] rafting-up … is prohibited.” 


Suzuki Powers Forest River’s New Nepallo Pontoon Boats

The new Nepallo line of pontoon boats with Suzuki engines will be sold at select Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors stores.

West Marine CEO to Keynote Annual MRA Event

With a “Climate for Change” theme, the Marine Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show is set for Oct. 11-13.

Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

A field of 2,000 anglers in 1,000 boats saw a nearly 10-pound bass capture first place in the annual Skeeter owner’s tournament.

Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.