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Quick Hits: June 30, 2020

Crusader Yacht Sales is having a heck of a good week. The Annapolis-based broker is now the exclusive dealer for Jeanneau in the mid-Chesapeake region. “Jeanneau builds innovative, high-quality boats that are in demand and we’re looking forward to providing sales and service in the Annapolis and surrounding area,” said owner-operator Mike Titgemeyer in a statement. The company added another Groupe Beneteau brand and will also represent Excess Catamarans for the mid-Atlantic. “The combination of Excess Catamaran and Jeanneau Sail to Crusader Yacht Sales will strengthen the position of the Beneteau Group in North America.” said Frédéric Signat, director of CNB operations for the Americas.

Ocean plastic cleanup non-profit 4ocean — you can read more about them here — have partnered with Florida-based company SeaSucker on the Blue Collection Waste Band 4ocean Edition. The durable tote made from 100 percent recycled plastic mounts to any smooth surface with two of SeaSucker’s integrated vacuum mounts, each rated to hold 120 pounds; there are also integrated handles for beach cleanup days. The special edition waste band can be ordered here, with 15 percent of every sale to benefit advocacy group Captains for Clean Water.

Yamaha Rightwaters will sponsor a blackwater dive during the South Carolina Seven Expedition, a first-of-its-kind trek across the Palmetto State showcasing its natural beauty while raising greater awareness of environmental threats — resulting from disastrous storms and flooding — to the most vulnerable areas of the state. "The mission of SC7 is in line with the goal of Yamaha Rightwaters; to improve the quality of our natural resources through conservation and sustainability so that they may be enjoyed by future generations," said Yamaha U.S. marine business unit president Ben Speciale in a statement.


A High Priority

As invasive Asian carp continue working their way toward the Great Lakes, the governors of several states in the region appeal to Congress to push for funding that would stop that spread.

DEALERS: How Are You Finding and Keeping Staff?

Take this month’s Pulse Report Survey here.

Suntex Acquires Lynn Creek Marina

The Grand Prairie, Texas, facility is the latest addition to Suntex’s U.S. marina holdings.

C.G. Foundation Offers 2022 Scholarships

Applications for the program, open to college-age children of Coast Guard personnel, will be accepted starting Feb. 1.

ABYC Foundation Launches Accreditation Program

High schools and post-secondary schools that teach marine service can apply for ABYC’s “gold seal approval” and help shape the next-generation workforce.

U.S. Economy Showed Significant Growth in Q4

Gross domestic product grew at pace of 6.9 percent, but omicron and supply shortages may stymie Q1 2022 numbers.

Q&A with Çağın Genç

Sirena Marine CEO Çağin Genç takes our questions.