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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.”



Inflation Stymies Boat Sales

Inventories of new and used boats are improving at the retail level but are still considered comparatively lean, according to the results of the monthly Pulse Report survey.


Ho, Ho, Ho, You Better Watch Out

It may be too early to decorate the showroom, but it’s not too early to hatch a marketing plan to profit from the holiday selling season.


Industry reacts to IBEX cancelation

With Ian expected to hit Florida’s west coast as a major hurricane, the consensus among those who spoke with Trade Only Today say it was the correct decision.


Ready for a Revolution

Electrification has been an increasingly common buzzword in the marine industry, especially in the past four to five years.


MarineMax Makes Appointment to its Board

Mercedes Romero has expertise in global procurement and strategic planning, working with such companies as Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.


DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.


Spot Zero Announces Expansion

The Fort Lauderdale-based reverse osmosis systems manufacturer is adding a 20,000-square-foot production facility.

1_Seakeeper Ride 450_2023 Sportsman Open 232 Center Console

Seakeeper’s New System Targets Pitch

Seakeepeer, whose gyroscopic stabilizers set the marine industry standard for eliminating as much as 95 percent of a boat’s roll, is now turning its attention to eliminating pitch with their Seakeeper Ride system.


Propeller Precision

Yamaha’s new $20 million foundry produces about 100,000 propellers a year