Quick Hits: July 28, 2020

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The Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 — part of the National Defense Authorization Act — passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives includes critical boating safety priorities. The National Marine Manufacturers Association notes two provisions of importance to boaters: mandating wearable engine cut-off devices on all boats smaller than 26 feet and granting the Coast Guard “equivalency” authority, which prioritizes safety in approving construction standards. NMMA says it will work with lawmakers as it follows the bill in the Senate.

Chaparral logos will now be available on custom aftermarket SeaDek kits, as the two companies expand a decade-long relationship. SeaDek non-skid has been factory-installed on new Chaparral models for years, but owners looking to add SeaDek now have the option to include the Chaparral logo. “Chaparral’s partnership with SeaDek spans more than a decade, and SeaDek has become a premier brand with widespread recognition in the marine industry,” supply chain manager Derek Cornelius said in a statement.


PressureMate Introduces On-Board Pressure Washer

The 12-volt system has a patent-pending plunger design that produces 600 psi of pressure.

ABYC Introduces Entry-Level Certification

The Marine Service Technology program now includes a year-end exam to help launch students into marine-industry careers.

IBEX Calls for Innovation Award Entries

The NMMA-managed program is accepting new-product submissions through Aug. 13.

Pocket Yacht Opens in N.C.

The Cutwater and Ranger Tugs dealer opened in New Bern, its third East Coast location.

Trawlerfest Scheduled for Newport

Passagemaker magazine’s signature event runs Aug. 24-28 at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island.

Our Most Critical Federal Program Needs Your Support

The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund is up for renewal. Ask Congress to support its reauthorization.

KVH Introduces TracPhone LTE-1

The new communications system provides connectivity up to 20 miles offshore in more than 150 countries.