Author Archives: David

Putting the “I” in ICAST

David Gee Boating Industry

By David Gee I came, I saw, I cast. Literally. There are lots of people at the Orlando Convention Center right now, attending – and exhibiting at – ICAST 2021, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. It’s the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel, and helps to drive recreational fishing sales. And sales are up, ...

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2021 Boating Industry Top 100 applications due July 26

This is the last full week to apply for the 2021 Boating Industry Top 100, recognizing the best boat dealers in North America. Applications are due July 26, 2021. Find more information about the program on the Top 100 page. Remember, this year there are two applications: the full in-depth application and the new streamlined application designed to save you time while applying. Both ...

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National media continue to boost boating

NMMA's summer PR efforts continue to make waves in the news, raising awareness about the benefits of boating and shining a spotlight on the U.S. recreational boating industry. Over the weekend, Fox Business did a feature story, First-time boaters lead boat boom, reporting on record demand for boating since the outset of the pandemic and highlighting boating as a top choice in outdoor ...

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Minneapolis StarTribune article details growing wake surfing opposition

A recent article in the Minneapolis StarTribune newspaper highlights some of the growing controversy around the growing popularity of wake surfing, particularly at the west metro's Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota's busiest lake. The piece talks about "deafening music" played by wake surfers, invasive species issues from ballast tanks, shoreline erosion and even dangerous waves created by wake surfing boats that have ...

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Robalo debuts the R266 Cayman

Robalo R266

Robalo is excited to launch its all-new R266 Cayman bay boat. With both bow and aft seating areas which have the ability to convert to casting platforms, an impressive helm set up and a great deal of storage, the Robalo 266 Cayman is packed with innovations that fishermen won’t be able to resist as well as the comfort features you ...

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IBEX Innovation Awards deadline is approaching

IBEX 2021 Innovation Awards

The deadline for entry to the 2021 IBEX Innovation Awards is Friday, August 13. The awards program will take place during IBEX in Tampa, FL Sept. 28-30 and will honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. Innovation Award entrants and honorees will receive the following:  All product entries will be presented along Innovation Way during IBEX.All products will be featured on the ...

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LIQUI MOLY hires rep group

LIQUI MOLY USA has hired GSW and Associates to represent its line of marine lubricants and additives. Gary Driver, LIQUI MOLY business development manager, made the announcement. Regional specialist GSW and Associates provides direct sales coverage, surveying and consulting services to its manufacturing clients. Its nine sales professionals have longstanding relationships with the OEM, distributor, dealer and retailer customers they ...

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U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Report shows some ways the pandemic impacted boating

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were significantly up over the prior year. While still under review, the Coast Guard believes that the primary driving factor for the significant increase in deaths was the significant increase in boating activity. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water looks ...

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OneWater Marine to acquire Naples Boat Mart

OneWater Marine Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Naples Boat Mart, which will expand the company’s presence on the West Coast of Florida and enhance new and pre-owned boat sales, storage, service and repair, and finance and insurance offerings. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. A third-generation family owned and ...

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ABYC Educator Training Conference gets underway July 20-22

ABYC Educator Training Conference logo

ABYC's annual Educator Training Conference will be held virtually next week, July 20-22. Designed for high school and post-secondary instructors, as well as boating industry leaders that want to get more involved in creating a strong future workforce, anyone involved in the marine tech space is encouraged to attend. Agenda topics and the speaker lineup for the 2021 ABYC Educator Training Conference ...

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