Quick Hits: November 16, 2020


The 2021 Progressive Detroit Boat Show — set to take place Jan. 16-24 — has been postponed until 2022 due to an ongoing spike in Covid-19 cases in Michigan and policy changes prohibiting such gatherings at local and state levels. “When it is safe to do so, the Progressive Detroit Show will be back, and better than ever,” said Michigan Boating Industries Association show manager and event director Nicki Polan in a statement. “We will continue to work as an association to promote boating to long-time boaters, as well as the thousands of new boaters in the state.”

Today at 1 p.m. EST, the National Marine Manufacturers Association will host its Post-Election Federal Advocacy Briefing webinar. In the session, they will discuss the results of the 2020 elections and what the Biden Administration and a reshuffled Congressional Boating Congress will mean to its advocacy efforts going forward. Today’s webinar’s hosts include Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s senior vice president of government and legal affairs, as well as George Cooper, partner at Forbes-Tate Partners, and Tucker Warren, partner at Hamilton Place Strategies. A Q&A session will follow. Click here to register.

Hurricane Iota — the 30th named storm of what was already the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record — was upgraded to a Category 4 storm as it barrels towards Central America. Iota is threatening to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge and extreme rainfall to Central America, a region still recovering from Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. At the time of this writing, the storm was about 145 miles from the border of Nicaragua and Honduras with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, according to The New York Times. It is expected to make landfall tonight. “It could reach Category 5 status later today before making landfall with 12-18 feet of storm surge,” the National Hurricane Center said, adding that it is an “exceptionally dangerous situation.”


Distributor Expands ePropulsion Sales Territory

Mack Boring will now offer ePropulsion’s electric outboards in the entire North American and Central American markets.

Registration Still Open for NMMA Webinar

The March 4 State of the Industry webinar includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Rollick Secures $8.5 million in Funding

The market strategists said Web traffic in the third quarter of 2020 was up 245 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Time to Cry Foul Over Erie Canal Changes

An act has been introduced in the waning days of New York’s annual budget process that allows no opportunity for public input.

Service to Send $1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute funds to states to bolster conservation projects and recreational opportunities.

Quick Hits: March 1, 2021

Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard adds SF Marina floating dock array.

Patrick Supports Care Camps

The outdoors camps for children with cancer receive a first-time gift and marketing support from Patrick Industries.

Brunswick Creates Autonomy Position

The company promoted Jason Arbuckle to marine autonomy technology lead, with a focus on incorporating autonomous and driver-assist features into its product line.