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Quick Hits: May 22, 2020

The National Marine Electronics Association has moved its late September NMEA Conference and Expo to the virtual space. “Safety of our members and getting their businesses back on track is our number one priority as we look into the summer and fall,” said NMEA’s president and executive director Mark Reedenauer in a statement. The virtual event will be held September 22-24 and its focus will shift to training and education; organizers expect to have a completed lineup with details on their website by mid-July. 

MarineMax has expanded financial capacity by amending its $440 million credit facility, adding liquidity and extending its term. The company gave a positive business update on spring sales as well. “With approaching warmer weather, it is nice to see the strong interest and positive sales activity that we experienced in April continue, which is a testimony to the demand for the boating lifestyle,” said CFO Mike McLamb in a statement.

Engine room ventilation outfit Delta “T” Systems have made a few additions to their Riviera Beach, Fla. facility. To complement the company’s recent acquisition of a large-format 3-D printer, Lucas Doranth has been hired as mechanical engineer. "We're pleased Lucas joined our team," said Delta “T” Systems president Lynn Oien in a statement, “As we expand our product and service offerings for a wide range of industries, he's the ideal person to lead up our 3-D design initiative." 



An Aptly Named ‘Screamin’ Reels’ Tourney

Anglers hooked up with 100 fish during the recent Ladies Let's Go Fishing event. Meanwhile, the funeral vessel that carried Winston Churchill needs a benefactor.


Miami Show Worth Almost $1B to Florida

An economic impact study said the 2022 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show generated $955.6 million for the state’s economy.


Open for Business

Despite drought conditions in the western United States, boating remains popular on Lake Mead and elsewhere.


Crude Weakens and Gas Prices Ease

West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell below $100 per barrel yesterday, while gasoline and diesel prices have slipped from their June highs.


RFA Hires Executive Director

Robert Nixon brings fishing-policy expertise and lobbying experience to the group’s efforts to preserve anglers’ rights.


2022 Women in the Industry Summit, Leadership Panel, Awards Ceremony & Reception



Seabins Coming to Lake Erie

The devices, deployed as part of a pilot program, skim and collect debris from the water, including microplastics. Meanwhile, MBIA announces scholarship funds.


Boatsetter Reports Uptick in Rentals

The on-water experience company has seen triple-digit growth in pontoon and party-boat rentals, as well as fishing and yacht charters.


Smartgyro Signs Distributors, Hires Sales Manager

The company said the three U.S. distributors, working with Bob Walker, will help expand its dealer network and brand recognition.