From the Helm | Boating Broadcast with Us the Duo

Welcome to From the Helm with MarineMax, where hosts Lisa and Kelley connect with boating industry leaders for weekly Boating Broadcasts. This particular episode takes a look at how the new "Get on Board" boating anthem came to be and how a pop-duo musical sensation ended up filming an acapella video on the bow of a boat in Marina del Rey, California.

The amazingly talented Michael and Carissa Alvarado, pop-folk multi-instrumentalists and singers, make up "Us The Duo." They began their relationship with a connection to boating. They first met in LA and knew they had something special. Michael spent three months as a piano player on an Alaskan cruise ship to raise enough money and relocate to LA to be closer to Carissa. They started to vacation once they were together and took two to three boat trips a year. "You're in your own world, and boating feels like a community every time you're there. We love boating, and it can be an incredible life changing experience." Hear more about how they found this boating anthem, a song written on a canal boat in Paris, details on their new album "Up Until Now," and a sneak peek at "Us the Trio" including their two-year-old daughter.

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We begin headlines with a celebration. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup, and in true Tampa fashion, they celebrated with a boat parade! Check out Lord Stanley's waterway adventures. Next up, beginning November 1, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory "vacation in place" requirements for all visitors, enabling everyone to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations. The new protocols will require visitors, returning citizens, and residents to obtain negative results. Read more about the protocols here. Finally, MarineMax announces the acquisition of SkipperBud's, one of the boating industry's largest dealership and marina operators. With the acquisition, MarineMax adds 20 locations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, California, Washington and Florida. Additionally, the move strengthens MarineMax's premium real estate holdings with the addition of 11 marina and storage facilities, nearly doubling the Company's marina portfolio. Read more about the acquisition here


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