Quick Hits: October 15, 2020


The first edition of the Hong Kong Yacht Show, which had been slated for Nov. 19-22, has been postponed. “There is unfortunately still a lot of uncertainty about exactly what we would be able to deliver next month. So, with the agreement of the vast majority of our exhibitors…we have decided to postpone the show to October 2021,” said show co-organizer CEO Andy Treadwell of Verventia in a statement. “By that time, we are all confident that these dramatically unpredictable and economically difficult times will be behind us, and we will be able to deliver a truly professional, attractive, entertaining and highly populated boat show, worthy of its name, and a proper representation of our important industry.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with Wildlife Forever to host the Florida State Fish Art Contest for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Winners will be selected by the FWC in four grade categories: kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, seventh through ninth grade and 10th through 12th grade. The deadline for entry is March 31. “We are committed to increasing youth participation in freshwater and saltwater fishing through this effort,” said Florida FWC director Eric Sutton in a statement. Find more details on how to enter here.

Blue Water Marine Paint is now available at West Marine. Founded in 1959, the company was acquired by New Nautical Coatings last year. “Blue Water boat paints available through West Marine gives American boaters immediate access to antifouling paint, primers and topside coatings that don’t cost a fortune to use,” said Blue Water CEO Erik Norrie in a statement. “Ordering Blue Water paints online makes it easy for DIYers and boatyards alike to get high-value protective coatings delivered just-in-time.”


MRAA Board Contributes to BoatPAC

Every board member contributed to the non-partisan political action committee, which works with congressional members who recognize the importance of boating.

Educator Training Conference Agenda Announced

The ABYC Foundation’s virtual conference is scheduled for July 20-22, with speakers covering a host of topics around creating the future workforce.

RIMTA Awarded $30K Grant

The financial support will go toward its fiberglass boat recycling pilot project.

Sandy Hook Yacht Sales adds Intrepid

The dealership and brokerage firm has six locations in New Jersey and Florida.

Everglades Expands Executive Team

The Edgewater, Fla.-based manufacturer adds positions in finance, sales and marketing and operations.

Heed Caution While Refueling

Ethanol can be back in a big way, and insufficent labeling at the pumps could lead to problems for your marine powerplant. And the MRAA’s voices support for the 30 by 30 initaitive.

Training the Next Generation

Crest Pontoons will donate a complete boat and trailer to a local high school’s raffle to raise money for its vocational programs.

An “Above Average” Hurricane Season

BoatUS wants to help boaters get ready for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1.