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Quick Hits: June 15, 2020

With website traffic up nearly 50 percent for the year, Freedom Boat Club announced that they’ve launched a new site with improved functions and an updated design. "We are thrilled to debut our new Club website to our prospects, members, and franchisees," Freedom Boat Club President John Giglio said in a statement. "This website redesign comes at a time when interest in the Club is at a 30-year high.”

Four members of the American Sportfishing Association were elected to fill vacancies on their board of directors. B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin and Diane Bristol — an employee and community engagement director at Simms Fishing — will fill the two open, at-large seats. Regional nods went to Don Coffey Company owner Phillip Lillo, who will serve in the Southeast, and Yakima Bait Company president Dan McDonald will serve in the West region, the latter reelected to a second term. Their 3-year terms commence October 1. 

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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.

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