Quick Hits: March 31, 2020


The coronavirus outbreak has caused Sail America to postpone the Sail America Industry Conference, slated for May 12-14 in Annapolis, Md. Organizers are assessing alternative plans.

Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., issued among the most stringent stay-at-home orders in the nation via executive order, telling residents to stay in their homes until June 10. Northam said: "I want to be clear: Do not go out unless you need to go out. This is very different than wanting to go out." Beaches will be closed, but marinas, fuel docks and other facilities are not explicitly listed on the order as places of business that must shudder.

Ford announced will restart its Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., to make ventilators in collaboration with GE Healthcare. The company’s goal is to produce 50,000 in the next 100 days. United Auto Workers will build the masks, and strict social distancing will be enforced. Ford further postponed startup dates at their North American facilities beyond April 14; a new date has not been set. 

An executive order that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday morning would urge residents of Southeast Florida — Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties — to stay home until at least May 15. He later corrected himself, saying the projected date for “safer at home” would be April 15.


Bruce Van Wagoner to Retire

The 45-year industry veteran was marine group president for Wells Fargo Distribution Finance.

Patrick Acquires SeaDek Parent

The Indiana-based company continues its strategy of growth through acquisitions.

BoatUS, USPS Resume Safety Checks

The groups are offering the service during safety events, or boaters can conduct the inspection using an online guide.

Stepping Up the Pace of Relief

A positive jobs report, 3 million vaccinations per day and consumer confidence point toward economic recovery.

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.