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Volvo Penta sets 2021 as electric power deadline

Volvo Penta has issued a statement of intent that by 2021, the company will provide electrified power solutions for both its land and sea-based business segments. Underpinned by the success of hybrid and all-electric technology introduced by the Volvo Group, Volvo Penta’s electrified solutions will demonstrate the company’s long-term commitment to offering customers the latest and most appropriate power source ...

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Same-store sales up 2 percent in May

Boat dealer same-store sales were up 2 percent in May. That’s according to the latest report from CDK Global Recreation, which is based on data from users of the company’s Lightspeed software. In April, same-store sales were down nearly 3 percent. Overall, three out of four same-store sales categories were up this reporting period, CDK Global Recreation reported. Service (6.2 percent) ...

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NMMA fighting trade war on three fronts

The global trade war has intensified in the past two weeks, and the recreational boating industry has been placed in the crosshairs. The National Marine Manufacturers Association continues to pressure the Trump Administration to resolve this conflict and is working with Congress on legislative solutions while keeping members updated and media informed of the association's message. NMMA needs the industry’s ...

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U.S. House Committee approves E15 education amendment

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies spending bill, which encourages the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start a new public education campaign regarding E15. The National Marine Manufacturers Association worked closely with Representative Andy Harris (R-MD-01) who introduced the amendment. Rep. Harris’s amendment details the problems that E15 ...

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Billfish Conservation Act clears U.S. House committee

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, alongside numerous industry groups, conservationists and anglers, are commending the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources for advancing H.R. 4528, a bill to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, sponsored by Congressman Darren Soto (D-Fla.). An identical bill (S. 396) passed the U.S. Senate on Oct. 2, 2017. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 ...

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Nominations open for 2018 Movers & Shakers Awards

Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Movers & Shakers. We're looking for leaders who haven't been afraid to take chances, to rethink the way they do business, to embrace the challenges facing the marine industry. Nominees can be from any company or group that does business in the boating industry, as long as they are showing the ...

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IBEX, ICOMIA sign global collaboration agreement

The co-owners of the International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference - the National Marine Manufacturers Association and RAI Amsterdam - have signed a collaboration agreement with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations to facilitate co-participation across all conference levels. “The ICOMIA-IBEX agreement brings many advantages, not least of which being that is opens up the possibility for MIAs from across the world ...

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Yamaha, Mercury leaders provide insight into ‘New Normal’

What’s ahead for U.S. outboard manufacturers? Recent comments from key executives at Yamaha Marine Group and Mercury Marine provide insight into why higher horsepower products were recently introduced by each company. Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale provided an industry overview during his company’s late May product launch for the 5.6L, 425-horsepower V8 XTO Offshore outboard. “Our view of the ...

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NMMA mourns loss of former Miami Boat Show Director Marvin Perkins

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is mourning the loss of Marvin Stanley Perkins of Signal Mountain, who passed away Friday, May 18, 2018, at the age of 90. Perkins was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1927 to Louis and Bess Perkins. He served in the Merchant Marine in World War II before attending the Poly Tech Institute of Brooklyn. Following ...

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Boating United alert focuses on Snapper-Grouper Amendment 43

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s most recent Boating United alert encourages industry stakeholders to take action and tell the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. NMMA has worked diligently alongside our fishing coalition partners to open red snapper fishing season, while placing an ...

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