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.”


ABYC Foundation Announces Educator of the Year

The award was established to honor instructors that are shaping future marine service technicians.

Quick Hits: December 2, 2020

Vesper appoints global sales manager; Horizon Yachts wins Taiwan Gold award; and NFWF announces $1.2 in coral reef grants.

Patrick Industries Acquires Taco Metals

The components manufacturer had been family-owned for 60 years.

Consumers Say E15 Warning Labels Are Ineffective

A new poll shows that current branding efforts do not adequately warn consumers to the risk and legality of using the blended fuel with certain engines.

Silent-Yachts’ New Project

The Austrian solar yacht outfit will use VW’s electric drive system on a vessel to be drawn by Spanish car brand Cupra.

Industry Mourns Christopher Ramirez

A regional sales manager at Garmin, Ramirez died suddenly at age 35 last month.

Quick Hits: December 1, 2020

Freedom Boat Club announces 250th location; ShoreMaster/Hydrohoist acquires Neptune Boat Lifts; MarineMax names brand manager; and Arkansas scientists study fishing license increase.