Quick Hits: March 27, 2020

NMMA schedules Monday financial webinar; the Irish Marine Federation looks for worker exemptions; a reversal of boat ramp closures on Florida’s west coast; the Taiwan Boat Show is rescheduled—for 2022.
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On Monday, March 30 from 4pm-5pm ET, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is hosting the webinar “Dealing with Volatility: What you Need to Know During the Coronavirus Crisis.” Hosts — including CNBC contributor Joe Terranova (Halftime Report, Fast Money, Squawk Box) — are slated to discuss the myriad financial aspects to consider during the COVID-19 crisis. NMMA members and marine industry leaders can register here.

With extended lockdowns issued — and marinas throughout the U.K. expected to shut at least through April 19 — the Irish Marine Federation is asking for marine industry staff to be classified as “essential workers.” IMF chairman Paal Janson cites a requirement to maintain access for emergency services and state agencies, as well as looking after customers' boats and marina/boatyard facilities. The group is working with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations to gauge how other EU nations are handling and classifying marine industries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boat ramps and didn’t stay closed for long in Charlotte County, Fla. County commissioners had ordered staff to close them on Monday, according to the Sun Englewood news service. But on Tuesday, county spokesman Brian Gleason said they had “received a tremendous amount of public input and decided to leave the boat ramps and parks open."

The postponed Taiwan International Boat Show — scheduled for March 12-15 at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center— will now be held March 10-13, 2022. 


ABYC Foundation Seeks Nominations for Educator Award

The award recognizes “an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians.”

P.R. Firm Rushton Gregory Signs ePropulsion

The Chinese manufacturer of electric propulsion products introduced a standardized lineup earlier this year.

Dometic Updates Pro-Trim System

The new design allows boaters to trim the outboard and adjust the jack plate without removing their hands from the wheel.

Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Through the alliance, Brunswick aims to enhance its autonomous technology offerings.

Nicole Vasilaros to Depart NMMA

The group credits the senior vice president of government and legal affairs for “countless contributions to the protection and expansion of the recreational boating industry.”

Site Unseen

A website is often the first interaction a customer will have with a dealership, but it must provide more than an online brochure or they will click elsewhere.

C.G. Amends Documentation Rules

Federally documenting a boat now must be done every five years, rather than annually.

The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.