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Boat manufacturing momentum slows in September

NMMA sales chart

The NMMA reports new boat manufacturing activity in September pulled back for the second consecutive month following a summer of elevated growth, according to its latest Monthly Shipment Report (MSR). However, the NMMA expects shipments to rebound as new parts are delivered to fulfill the demand for new boats.  “While September saw slowdowns in wholesale boat shipments, more than 90,000 boats - ...

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Freedom Boat Club celebrates record year

Freedom Boat Club logo

Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation, and the nation’s largest boat club, held its annual franchisee conference, virtually bringing together club owners from around the world to celebrate a record year for the business.  Through November 2020, Freedom Boat Club has grown to more than 245 locations serving more than 55,000 members.  “2020 marked one of the most ...

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MarineMax and Boston Whaler announce Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation partnership

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

MarineMax and Boston Whaler have announced a partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF). MarineMax Director of Marketing, Abbey Heimensen, says, "We are very excited to share that MarineMax and Boston Whaler have partnered with Guy Harvey! Through this collaboration, we will be able to share the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation message with our customers and introduce their audience to MarineMax and ...

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Sea Tow presents 2020 awards during annual meeting

Sea Tow Foundation

Sea Tow Services International has recognized and presented awards to several of its captains for lifesaving efforts, outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety. The recipients were notified of the awards during the company’s annual meeting, which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19. During the event, Sea Tow’s leadership presented awards meant to honor captains’ outstanding dedication ...

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Coast Guard Foundation celebrates GivingTuesday

Coast Guard Foundation logo

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced today that on this GivingTuesday, the organization will inspire generosity by launching a matching gift challenge from GEICO. Supporting its work to assist Coast Guard members and their families, the Foundation will match donations received on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. ...

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Supporting boating safety on GivingTuesday

BoatUS Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday, the annual global movement that encourages people to do good, will again take place on December 1. For boaters wishing to make boating safer and waters cleaner, donating to the BoatUS Foundation’s “B.O.A.T. – Bring On Another Thousand” Giving Tuesday fundraiser helps makes boating better for all recreational boaters. “While we aren’t asking for $1,000 from a single person, we are ...

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Elite Recreational Finance adds new F&I portal

Elite Recreational Finance

Elite Recreational Finance has launched EMS, Elite Management System, enabling dealer partners 24/7 access to their deals while improving internal efficiencies. “We are excited to be able to bring EMS to market for 2021,” said Jimmy Delegro, President of Elite. “I started this company on a shoestring budget with some very loyal dealer partners. To be able to provide them ...

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ICOMIA 2019 Statistics Book now available

ICOMIA Statistics Book

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has released the latest edition of its Recreational Boating Industry Statistics Book, now available at no charge to NMMA members. The annual ICOMIA Statistics Book provides a wealth of industry intelligence, including key data and analysis from the NMMA and other marine industry associations from around the globe. In this unprecedented year, in ...

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Miami Watersports Complex hosts first annual Jungle Jam competition

Miami Watersports Complex

Miami Watersports Complex (MWC) hosted its first annual Jungle Jam competition sponsored by Nautique and Hyperlite. Jungle Jam is a competition utilized to encourage new riders to compete and incorporate the professional division. The competition hosted 47 riders where 20 of them competed for the first time. “It’s really amazing seeing the community spirit here at Miami Watersports Complex, the ...

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Registration open for virtual METSTRADE Connect 2020

Although the physical METSTRADE 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Amsterdam RAI, organizers of the event, are inviting the industry to participate in METSTRADE Connect 2020, taking place December 10. The event offers an entirely new platform that will connect the leisure marine industry and enables professionals to meet new people and check out inspirational presentations and discuss pressing ...

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