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Quick Hits: June 11, 2020

While most people know about PT-109 — arguably the most famous patrol boat of WWII, thanks to its Lieutenant Commander John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the film that was made of the boat’s adventures in the Pacific Theater — there was another S-Class Patrol Torpedo boat that JFK commanded, and it may be mired in the muck off Manhattan. PT-59, built by Bayonne, N.J.’s Electric Launch Company in 1942, changed owners a handful of times before Redmond Burke abandoned it off Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, where it sank according to an article in The New York Times. Divers contracted by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority came upon the wreckage while clearing the area for a seawall construction project. The boat is now being excavated. 

Freedom Boat Club will hold a grand opening of its newest club located in Ventura, Calif., on Monday. The Ventura Isle Marina is owned by husband and wife Daniel and Jennifer Hasbrouck, who were recently presented the Franchise of the Year Award for their Freedom Boat Club of San Diego. “Pioneering the first ever west coast Freedom Boat Clubs with my wife, Jennifer, has been a wonderful experience and a life-long dream,” said Daniel Hasbrouck in a statement.


St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress