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Quick Hits: October 7, 2020

US Harbors — the free tide, weather and local information source — last year established National Harbormaster Appreciation Day. This year’s celebration takes place Thursday Oct. 8, and will feature giveaways and interviews with harbormasters from New York City, Alaska, Florida, New England and North Carolina during a live Zoom event at 6 p.m. EDT. More than 80,000 people participated in the inaugural event by posting photos, stories, videos and more. Access the event here.

Grady-White Boats honored MarineMax Houston and MarineMax Jacksonville with its Admiral’s Circle award, which recognizes dealers in the builder’s network for top-tier sales and customer service. MarineMax locations in Pensacola, Gulf Shores, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City and Miami were recognized for sales achievement, and Island Marine Center was honored for service excellence. “Congratulations to our teams for winning these prestigious Grady-White awards for the model year 2020, in recognition of exceptional achievement in sales, service and customer experience,” MarineMax retail operations president Kyle Langbehn said in a statement.

Oyster Yachts named Allie Smith head of group events. Smith will utilize her experience organizing international and around-the-world races to manage the U.K. builder’s international regattas, rallies and events. “I’m delighted to have joined Oyster Yachts. … [Its] events are world-renowned and have been instrumental in helping Oyster owners, families and crew enjoy over 20 million bluewater sailing miles and 90 world circumnavigations,” Smith said in a statement.



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

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The Upside of a Downturn

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Marine Travelift Launches Co-op Program

The company received its first student, a University of Wisconsin engineering major, in the seven-month paid co-op.


Trade Only Today Returns Tuesday

The e-newsletter will not publish July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We wish everyone a safe holiday weekend.


ORR Announces Federally Funded Projects

The U.S. Economic Development Administration prioritized outdoor recreation for the first time


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