The state of the world is uneasy and unsure. We, the boating community, are in this together as we try to tread water, stay afloat, and hope for the best in these uncertain economic times. From tackle shops and service centers, to marinas and fuel docks, we’re all in the same boat. We are trying to do what’s best for our businesses and, more importantly, our employees and their families. It is time we come together as a community – competitors, buyers, brokers, captains, and small businesses alike. Here are our suggestions on how we can help the boating community during the COVID-19 crisis:
Larger marine businesses and retailers have tons of resources and financial backing for emergencies like these. Instead of ordering from big box stores, consider ordering from a local shop instead. Many retailers are still fulfilling shipments and delivery orders during this time. Purchasing gift cards for the future is a great way to help small businesses maintain cash flow.
It’s 2020 – we have an overwhelming amount of tools and technologies that can help you conduct virtual business. Schedule a vessel walkthrough via facetime with your broker or schedule a zoom meeting or screen share with your builder. Many businesses are taking orders over the phone and have adjusted their websites for online orders, curbside pickup, and delivery.
Don’t Forget about Charities:
Non-profits need our help now more than ever. Many charities, who rely on events for income, have had to cancel, postpone, and reschedule dinners, fishing tournaments, and other occasions that support their yearly budgets. If you were planning on attending any of these events, consider still donating to the charity directly.
Listen to New Laws and Regulations on the Water:
The quicker we do, the quicker we can get back to normal. Social distancing applies even when you’re outside. Limit the number of guests aboard to only those who you share your home with. Keep a safe distance from other boaters you may come in contact with. Wash your hands, even when you’re miles offshore.
Check on your Elderly Neighbors and Boaters:
Check on your fellow 65+ slip neighbors and boat owners. Reach out to see if you can check on their vessels for them or help run their errands. If you are qualified, ask if you can help with their general maintenance and upkeep to prevent any damage or issues.
This is only a short list of areas where we can come together to help our boating community during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have any others suggestions, please email us at email@example.com so that we can add them to this list. If there is anything Evolution by MacGregror Yachts can do for you, we are here and happy to help. All of our brokers are available by phone, email, text, and video conference. If you have any questions about the state of the boating market or need suggestions or clarification on any of the above topics, don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay optimistic, think positive, and wash your hands. This will all be over soon.