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Quick Hits: June 29, 2020

Brunswick Corp. will host a two-day virtual boat show July 21-22, showcasing its Mercury Marine engine lineup and its parts and accessories, and will host many of the company’s key partners. More than 30 brands will exhibit during the event designed to show new products to customers while staying safe from covid-19. “In the future, shows and events will increasingly include virtual elements and we intend to be on the forefront of that engagement in the marine industry,” said Brunswick chief marketing officer Michelle Dauchy in a statement.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for advisory council candidates for the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. The council “will provide advice to NOAA that supports the site management plan,” with members serving “as liaisons to a broad coalition of community organizations to facilitate communication and partnerships,” according to NOAA. Applications are due July 1. A description of the 15 voting seats, the application process and an application can be found here.


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

Mixed Reactions

Though generally positive about market conditions, many dealers report they won’t be attending boat shows.

Sportsman Boats Hires CFO

Greg House was previously chief financial officer with Sea Star Solutions and Dometic.

NMMA Reports Strong Boat Sales in 2021

Annual new powerboat sales are expected to exceed 300,000 units for the second consecutive year.

Lowrance Releases Software Update

The software release enables a new sonar feature and autopilot compatibility for Ghost trolling motors and Ghost-compatible MFDs.

Keeping the Sales Team Motivated and Sharp

Here are some strategies from the “Undisputed King of Motivation,” Zig Ziglar, for sales success before, during and after the transaction.

Retired CG Officer Joins Commonwealth PR

Chad Saylor, who served as a public affairs officer, is an account executive with the Virginia-based public relations and marketing firm.