Author Archives: David

EU removes retaliatory tariffs on American boats entering Europe

The United States and European Union (EU) announced a deal to remove steel and aluminum tariffs, resulting in the full removal of the 25% retaliatory tariffs imposed on American-made boats and engines entering the EU. Since the tariffs were implemented in 2018, the NMMA team has dedicated significant attention and resources to resolving this issue. The suspension of the retaliatory tariffs ...

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Brunswick Corporation reports record Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Brunswick Corporation announced a record-breaking performance at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) with record sales, units, and share gains from many of Brunswick’s brands. Some of the many notable outcomes from the four-day event were: For the fourth consecutive year, Mercury Marine had more outboard engines on display in Ft. Lauderdale than any other manufacturer, accounting for more ...

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ABYC Marine Law Symposium agenda and speakers announced

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has announced the agenda and speaker lineup for the fifth annual Marine Law Symposium, “Product, Professional and Personal Liability,” Jan. 11, 2022, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. “We are thrilled to be back in person for the 2022 Marine Law Symposium with an excellent speaker lineup,” said John Adey, ABYC ...

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NMMA mourns loss of Hall of Fame inductee Vic Porter

Alongside the industry, NMMA is mourning the loss of longtime owner and chairman emeritus of Formula Boats, Vic Porter. Porter, a 2016 recipient of the NMMA Hall of Fame Award, passed away at the age of 90 on Oct. 24. In an announcement, Formula Boats honored Vic as "the heart" of the company, who transformed Formula Boats into the world-renowned brand it ...

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Bipartisan bill to stop spread of aquatic invasive species introduced in House

Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA-03) and Mark Amodei (R-NV-03) introduced the “Stop Invasive Mussels Act” (H.R.5692), bipartisan legislation which would authorize federal land management agencies to take proven, commonsense measures to prevent the proliferation of invasive species in our nation’s waterways, lakes, reservoirs, and aqueducts – a major priority for the recreational boating industry. “NMMA applauds Representatives Garamendi and Amodei for ...

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Electric Fuel to launch new 48V marine lithium-ion battery at METSTRADE

Electric Fuel will launch its new 48V lithium-ion battery at the METSTRADE 2021 show, which will take place in Amsterdam. The company will present the new 48V battery alongside its 12V Li-Ion LFP and 24V Li-Ion NCA marine batteries as well as its high quality operationally proven line of water-activated LED lifejacket lights.   Electric Fuel’s marine grade smart batteries offer ...

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Cobalt puts new R4 surf boat on display at Kansas governor’s mansion

Cobalt Boats sent a new boat for display at a special event held at the Kansas governor’s mansion as the State of Kansas hosted a dinner for members of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC). The IAMC is a trade association offering professional development, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to site location consultants, real estate executives and other development partners ...

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DockWorks announces pilot of its all-in-one operations platform

The digital solutions company DockWorks announced the launch of an early access pilot program offering their easy-to-use platform to marine service businesses and professionals. The digital platform allows marine professionals to manage payments easily, simplify scheduling and dispatching, as well as provides technicians with the accurate and reliable data they need to service marine equipment in the field. “This product ...

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Massachusetts Marine Trades Association to host Business of Boating conference

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) will host the annual Business of Boating (BOB) conference on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Lakeview Pavilion, in Foxboro. This will be the 16th year for this educational conference. Recognizing the changing business environment and in an effort to attract more attendees from across the country, the conference will be a hybrid event with a ...

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The show goes on in Fort Lauderdale

By David Gee Big boats, big crowd, big show, big bucks. Sold out. Unprecedented demand. Historic backlogs. Customer boats standing in as show boats. Eight miles of walking the docks. That was Day 2 of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with the Boating Industry team. The day began in a slightly unusual fashion for me. I was invited to ...

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