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Quick Hits: August 19, 2020

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.”


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.