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.”


Boot Düsseldorf 2021 Postponed Until Late April

With Covid-19 numbers remaining high across the EU, organizers say the event cannot be held in January.

Galati Goes Virtual

The yacht dealer has unveiled a virtual shopping tool that will help match customers with vessels as most boat shows are cancelled or moved online in the pandemic.

Quick Hits: December 3, 2020

Walter Meloon inducted into Wakeboarding Hall of Fame, and AMI announces virtual conference.

Are Car Dealers and Boat Dealers Headed in the Same Direction?

Both have seen dealer stocks down as manufacturing attempts to keep up with demand. But one thing is for certain: a first-person tactile dealership experience remains critical to continued success.

Sharrow Marine to Build MX-1 Props in Michigan

Founder Greg Sharrow announced the new global manufacturing HQ will be located in his hometown of Detroit.