Quick Hits: August 19, 2020

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association says Discover Boating’s website continues to see substantial increases in traffic and is up 58 percent in July when compared to the same time period last year. This comes on top of big increases in May and June as well, according to the NMMA. In July, Discover Boating organic traffic was up 215 percent, and statistics show that over a year-to-year comparison, it is reaching more new boaters: the 18 to 24 age group had a 117 percent increase and users age 25 to 34 saw a rise of 33 percent. In addition, the site has had a 49 percent bump in female visitors. 

Marvin Creamer, whose 513-day, 30,000-mile odyssey in 1982 made him the first recorded human to circumnavigate the world sans navigational instruments, has died at 104. The Blue Water Medal honoree told the New York Times in 1978: “From everything I’ve read, the ancients didn’t feel uncomfortable out there. They didn’t have navigational tools, but they didn’t seem afraid to go to sea.”


Registration for Outdoors Conference Opens

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s June 1-2 virtual conference will include speakers and presenters from government agencies and ORR member partners.

Yamaha Sees Double-Digit Growth in Q1

The marine segment was up 7.4 percent, driven by demand for outboards in North America and Europe but tempered by supply-chain logistics.

Orion Announces SafetyPro Training

The factory-authorized courses are designed “to educate retail associates on how to match a boater’s type of boating with the different signal kits that we offer.”

A Truce on Tariffs?

The E.U. will suspend the June 1 increase of its retaliatory tariffs and agreed to negotiate with the U.S. to end steel and aluminum tariffs.

Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar

For 20 Years, FarSounder has been developing and manufacturing 3D forward-looking sonar for vessels of all sizes.

Dometic Marine Appoints Executives

The company promotes a 20-plus-year employee and adds a vice president of aftermarket sales and e-commerce.

IMEA Launches Scholarship Program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance aims to recruit students into the field of marine technology.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.

Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project

Testing of the engine manufacturer’s microplastics filtering device continues as it moves closer to production. The company also released its full-year financials.