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NMMA encourages 4th of July boaters to wear masks

safe boating

With millions of Americans expected to take to the water during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, NMMA is calling on all boaters to recreate responsibly and abide by health and social distancing guidelines. Based on guidance from federal, state and local health officials, NMMA is strongly encouraging everyone to wear a mask in appropriate areas, including when entering or ...

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Elevate Virtual-First is live

Elevate launches Virtual-First

The second annual Boating Industry Elevate Summit in Atlanta is still a ways off, but the virtual component of Elevate is now live, providing a new engagement opportunity for marine industry leaders across the nation. Registering gives you access to exclusive content and presentations as well as the ability to connect and network with other recreational boating community members. In ...

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Boating Industry Consumer Panel wants you

Boating Industry Consumer Panel

Are you a boating enthusiast like us – somebody who looks forward to quality time on the water with family or friends as an exciting and/or relaxing escape from the rigors of daily life? If you answered “Yes” to that question, we’d like to invite you to help determine the future of boating, because there are boat makers, accessory manufacturers ...

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Mercury Marine releases sustainability report

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Mercury Marine released its 2019/2020 Sustainability Report, a document confirming the accomplishment of several sustainability goals slated for completion by Dec. 31, 2019, and announcing targets for the 2020s. In his introduction to the report, Mercury Marine President Chris Drees called 2019 a “truly pivotal” year. “It marked the achievement of goals across the four pillars of our sustainability mission: ...

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USMCA is now in effect

USMCA

With the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) now in effect, NMMA is reminding members to review changes that pertain to the recreational boating industry. Members are also encouraged to read NMMA’s fact sheet on USMCA for a refresh of the main components of the agreement. Under USMCA, there are no changes to the rules of origin for recreational marine engines and boats. ...

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MasterCraft announces partial repayment of revolving credit agreement

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MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. announced it repaid $25 million of its revolving credit agreement. In March 2020, the company drew down $35 million of its revolving credit agreement as a precautionary measure in order to increase its cash position and preserve financial flexibility in response to the uncertainty in the global markets resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Tim Oxley, Chief ...

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Changes at Florida’s Whiticar Boat Works and Shearwater Marine

Whiticar Boat Works

Customers of Whiticar Boat Works in Stuart, Florida recently received this letter from the owners. Dear valued customers and friends, For nearly seventy-five years, Whiticar Boat Works has been a part of marine life in Stuart, Florida. Our family-established and family-run business incorporated in 1959 by our fathers, Curt Whiticar and John Dragseth, has a rich history in the boating ...

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New anglers net fishing skills at ‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’ event in Florida

Ladie's let's go fishing class

Women from all over Florida united to learn fishing skills at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" (LLGF) Gulf Coast University June 27-28 at Bass Pro Shops, Fort Myers, FL. The event offered education, fishing skills practice and an optional fishing trip. The “No Yelling School of Fishing” provided classroom presentations by Capt. Jon Fetter/Inshore Fishing, Capt. Debbie Hanson/Fishing Basics, Betty ...

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Newport International Boat Show cancels 2020 event

Newport Exhibition Group announced that its annual boat show scheduled to take place September 17-20, 2020 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I., has been cancelled. Due to spikes in new cases of COVID-19 across the United States, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, stated that, although Phase III of re-opening would have included no cap on the number ...

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Virtual Elevate conference launches July 1

Elevate launches Virtual-First

Boating Industry's second annual Elevate Summit conference doesn’t get underway until November 16 – 18th in Atlanta, but the free virtual conference launches July 1. We are going to have data analysis and content and engagement from our speakers and research team, information about new and exciting products and services from our sponsors and more. If you think of Elevate ...

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