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Quick Hits: May 7, 2020

As of 7 a.m. today, boating is back in Maryland. While Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order remains in effect, the list of acceptable outdoor activities now includes golf, tennis, camping, and boating and fishing. In addition, the governor’s office issued best practices for marinas to reopen.

Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats said in a statement it’s entering the center console segment with the SX-39. The SX-39 will feature an all-composite hull design similar to Outerlimits’racing boats and will be powered by triple or quad outboards to 1,800 hp. The Bristol, R.I.-based builder hopes to launch the boat at the Newport International Boat Show in September.

The American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation announced the recipients of several scholarships, with financial assistance from the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation. Scholarships were awarded to 16 students around the country. Funds for fees and workbooks also went to students at the College of the Florida Keys.

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