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Boat rental operations in Maine saw a surge in demand this summer as more customers looked for ways to enjoy the outdoors without being around other people. “I’ve booked everything,” said Shane Ellis of Ellis Boat Co. in Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Ellis has a fleet of 10 cruising powerboats, ranging from 28 …

Highland Lakes Watercraft in Kingsland is one of several area boat retailers that have reported increased boat sales and rentals during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff photo by Alex Copeland Boat sales in Highland lakes are on the rise as holidaymakers turn to the water amid air travel restrictions and other hurdles from COVID-19. According to …

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the boating industry quickly suffered. The virus struck in the middle of the spring season, a prime time every year when first-time boaters begin to jump into the boating lifestyle, and a time when boat owners pull the trigger. their next purchase. In mid-April, sales plummeted and …

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has proposed to repeal the sales tax cut and the sales tax cap on all boat sales in the state. Additionally, Senator Vin Gopal introduced Senate Bill 2847, which would also repeal both. The NMMA strongly opposes both efforts and is actively working with stakeholders in the boating industry to …