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Quick Hits: June 10, 2020

For a third straight year, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics annual report have shown a decline in deaths on America’s waterways. Statistics from 2019 show a 3.2 decease from the previous year. The nonprofit Water Sports Foundation has partnered with the USCG via a safety grant program to issue hundreds of safety video PSAs, articles and more to address safe boating. “Our follow-up attitude and behavior studies conducted and presented in late 2018 and early 2019 show that our outreach campaigns are changing the public’s attitudes and behaviors about safety,” said WSF outreach grants director Jim Emmons in a statement. Read the full report here.

As phased reopenings and eased travel restrictions continue to occur throughout the world — and on a state-by-state basis in the U.S. — the International Council of Marine Industry Associations is updating its detailed, country-by-country guide on how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting marine businesses globally. ICOMIA lobbies on behalf of national marine associations with the goal of presenting a united voice to address industry issues. The latest update can be seen here

West Marine is offering its Pro customers virtual workshops to reinforce and teach lesser known skillsets, including digital lighting control systems on June 16, epoxy fiberglass repair on June 23, and marine audio on June 30. West Marine is also offering fishing seminars on Facebook and Instagram featuring Into the Blue captains Scott Walker and Steve Rodger.



MMTA Sets Date for Conference

The educational Business of Boating Conference will be held in Foxboro, Mass., with in-person and remote attendance options.


AkzoNobel Nominates Board Member

Ben Noteboom is expected to be elected chair to succeed the retiring Nils Andersen.


Neptune Awards Adds Category

“Boat Show Marketing” will recognize promotional efforts for shows, and entries will be accepted until Dec. 18.


Sailing Convention for Women Returns

Postponed during Covid, the event will include on-water training, networking opportunities and workshops.


MBIA Names Board Members

The Michigan Boating Industries Association elected four new directors and named the officers who will serve next year. Also, the 2023 schedule for “Ladies Let’s Go Fishing!” is taking shape.


CL Yachts Expands Dealer Network

The Hong Kong-based builder added retail locations in Australia, Dubai, Singapore and Macau.


Legend Boats Partners With Boat Fix

The Canadian builder will offer the telematics system, which provides tracking, monitoring and 24-7 service, on new models starting next year.


MarineMax Establishes Technology Division

The company’s Boatyard and Boatzon units will operate under the new entity, New Wave Innovations.


Suntex Purchases New Jersey Facility

Green Cove Marina in Brick is the company’s latest acquisition on the Jersey Shore, joining Channel Club Marina and Key Harbor Marina.