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Tige Boats joins the fight against COVID-19

Tige Boats Inc. announced that they will begin producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. Out of its boat manufacturing facility in Abilene, Texas, Tige Boats will begin producing and donating 500 face shields per day, along with other high-demand PPE equipment such as face masks.  “Our team has been working tirelessly and moving quickly to support the ...

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NMMA releases January powerboat registration data

As NMMA continues monitoring impacts of COVID-19 on the recreational boating industry we are continuing to share monthly powerboat sales data as available. The NMMA 2020 January New Powerboat Registrations Report released shows sales of new powerboats at the start of the new year were up 5% on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis, and down 1% on a rolling 12-month ...

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Suzuki to build new U.S. marine technical center

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. announced plans for its future Suzuki Marine Technical Center USA, scheduled to be built on a 20-acre waterfront property in Panama City, Fla.  While the official launch date for this project is still unknown, Suzuki is currently finishing renovations on existing building sites on the property. "As a mobility company, Suzuki is about empowering people ...

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Northwest Sportshow launches virtual show today

Immediately following the cancellation of this year’s Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow, the NMMA Show Team partnered with TRMG, NMMA's show guide producer, to launch a ‘Virtual Sportshow’, providing customers with many of the same resources, discounts and show specials that would have been offered in-person. Today, which would have been opening day of the Show, NMMA is excited to announce that ...

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Newport International Boat Show sets dates for 50th gathering

In anticipation of the eventual easing of social distancing restrictions and the country’s inevitable return to work, Newport Exhibition Group announced today that the Newport International Boat Show will take place September 17-20, 2020 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I.  “We realize this global pandemic is causing uncertainty for businesses and individuals, but we are working under ...

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Navico inks Coast Guard deal through 2025

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands announced today it has signed a five-year agreement with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide C-MAP cartography under the USCG’s Small Boat Product Line (SBPL). Navico said it was selected for a competitive award by the USCG for products that met all of their technical needs.  Navico’s C-MAP will deliver cartography ...

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Garmin launches new marine smartwatch

Garmin International Inc. announced the quatix 6, its next-generation marine GPS smartwatch series designed specifically for life on the water. More than a watch, the quatix 6 combines all of the features of Garmin’s flagship fēnix 6 GPS smartwatch with specialized boating, fishing, cruising and sailing capabilities, including comprehensive connectivity with compatible Garmin chartplotters and other marine electronics to offer ...

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NMMA, MRAA pen joint letter in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently joined forces in response to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe. In the letter, leaders of both organizations call for the recreational boating industry to take action now to prepare for the challenges that come. The statement specifically calls on lenders to offer loan ...

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NMMA provides update on COVID-19 stimulus package

With the U.S. Senate passing the nearly $2 trillion economic relief package late last night and the U.S. House of Representatives expected to follow suit this week, NMMA has compiled a breakdown of provisions in the legislation that the association helped secure, along with other requests that were not included. NMMA said it worked closely with Congress and the Trump ...

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Facebook launches $100 million grant program for small businesses

This week, Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses affected by coronavirus, according to CNBC. The grants will be available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Facebook said it will be accepting applications in the coming weeks. The company said the program can help businesses with rent, operational costs, maintaining workforce and connecting with ...

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