Quick Hits: March 23, 2020

Florida governor orders closure of all state parks, effective immediately; Freedom’s Blood Drive is still on; new dates for Amsterdam’s Electric and Hybrid World Expo.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., closed all Florida parks today, starting immediately, due to fears of the spreading coronavirus. Some boaters have flouted concerns by joining large raft-ups, prompting stricter measures to be imposed.

Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville Beach will host its annual blood drive on April 11, treating donors to a free boat ride. “Every year, we team up with OneBlood to host a blood drive to help them replenish their blood supply that supports our area hospitals,” said Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville co-owner Lisa Almeida in a statement.

Originally scheduled for June 23-25 — and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo Conference 2020 will now be held October 27-29 at RAI Amsterdam. 


Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.