Quick Hits: August 8, 2020

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Sunshine Boats and Motors, in conjunction with Yamaha Marine, announced that the first apprentice has successfully completed the Yamaha Marine Apprentice Program offered through Yamaha Marine University. The program includes 4,000 hours of hands-on Yamaha outboard technician training supported by an online platform. “As a former apprentice myself, I understand the importance of programs like YMAP,” Sunshine Boats and Motors owner Pete Magnuson said in a statement.

The Sea Tow Foundation is collecting data from PFD loaner operations to build a database of locations. The foundation operates more than 650 loaner stations, which it tracks, but there is no national registry to track all stations. “The purpose of the Life Jacket Loaner Station Database is to allow any boater within the U.S. to find a place where life jackets can be borrowed and returned, free of charge,” Sea Tow Foundation executive director Gail Kulp said in a statement.


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Mercury Racing Awards Scholarships

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OneWater Marine to Acquire N.J.'s Stone Harbor Marina

The acquisition further expands OneWater’s reach in the Northeast.