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Quick Hits: September 16, 2020

Last week, The National Sailing Hall of Fame hosted a virtual celebration of its 10th annual inductees. The sailors, who were announced in June, were honored by a cast of former Hall of Famers, as well as dignitaries including Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., U.S. Sailing president Cory Sertl, Mystic Seaport Museum president and CEO Steve White, and Herreshoff Marine Museum founder Halsey Herreshoff. “In these challenging times we were delighted by the response to our virtual induction ceremony. Hall of Famers, sponsors and guests rose to the occasion to make this year’s induction very memorable one for our sailing heroes,” said NSHOF president Gus Carlson in a statement. The Sailing Museum is set to open in 2022 in Newport. 

Wholesalers Marine Equipment & Supply Company (MESCO) and Seacoast Distributors have named Paul Sebesta as regional sales representative. Sebesta — who is an avid boater — has worked as a distributor sales rep for nearly two decades and will service the 110-year old company’s Long Island clients, as well as look to increase sales in his territory. “I am confident that Paul will be an excellent fit for this position and a strong asset to the Seacoast sales team...dealers will benefit from Paul’s wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Don Zabransky, director of sales and business development in a statement.

President Donald Trump has vowed to loosen restrictions on the sale of higher-ethanol fuel blends like E15, drawing sharp objections from the recreational boating community. Once final, the policy change would allow E15 to be dispensed from pumps made for lower-biofuel blends, including E10, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which has asked the administration to reverse the decision. The proposal would flood the marketplace with the dangerous and environmentally destructive E15, make E10 more scarce, and put hundreds of millions of American consumers at risk, according to the NMMA.


Suntex Adds Superyacht Facility

The investment group adds Seahaven Marina, which can accommodate vessels up to 250 feet.

Newsweek Honors Brunswick Corp.

It’s the second consecutive year that the magazine named the corporation to its list of America’s Most Responsible Companies.

Southern Marinas Adds to its Portfolio

The company announced its acquisition of Tims Ford Marina and Resort in Winchester, Tenn., its seventh transaction this year.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Portugal Facility

The builder adds the Rodman Lusitania shipyard to support demand for powerboats under 40 feet.

Digital Dealership Dashboard for Marine Dealers

The Parker Business Planning digital platform for marine dealers will be introduced next week at MRAA Dealer Week in Austin, Texas.

Back and Forth and Back Again

As the world waits for the pandemic and its economic effects to subside, a new virus variant emerges.

Suzuki Crew Cleans Florida Shoreline

Executives, staff and families removed more than 40 bags of trash from Florida’s Courtney Campbell Causeway as part of the company’s Clean Ocean Project.

Seattle Boat Show: Full Speed Ahead

The largest show in the Pacific Northwest is set for its 9-day run with a new location and robust seminar format for 2022.