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Michigan Boating Industries Association appoints new officers

The Michigan Boating Industries Association Board appointed Patti Smith of Silver Spray Sports as chair of the MBIA Board of Directors and Andy MacLachlan of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales as vice chair during its April Meeting. Jim Coburn of Coburn and Associates will remain the secretary/treasurer of the association. Smith, formerly vice chair, will fill the position of chair left ...

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Suntex buys marina in northern California recreation area

Suntex Marina Investors recently announced the addition of another California property to its growing portfolio – Oak Bottom Marina. Located on Whiskeytown Lake, in the Northern California mountains in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Oak Bottom  provides visitors opportunities for outdoor adventures including boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. The marina has 94 walk-in tent sites, 22 ...

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USTR explains Section 301 tariff exclusion process

The U.S. Trade Representative has announced a process to obtain product exclusions from Section 301 tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods. The National Marine Manufacturers Association is encouraging all affected members to review the official notice and request an exclusion at Regulations.gov. The 25 percent tariffs apply to nearly 300 marine related products, including engines, navigational equipment, and components. ...

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Same-store sales up 4.3 percent in June

Boat dealer same-store sales were up 4.3 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 May, same-store sales were up only 2 percent. Overall, three out of four same-store sales categories were up this reporting period, CDK Global Recreation reported. Service (2.7 ...

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Export Excellence Award applications due Aug. 3

This year`s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference is hosting the launch of a new export award, open to U.S. companies – the International Boating Magazine (IBI) Export Excellence Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 3. The award recognizes excellence in export sales by U.S. boat builders or marine equipment manufacturers, distributors and manufacturer representatives of U.S. products. The ...

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Twenty-five percent tariff on select boat parts in effect

The Trump Administration recently implemented the first phase of Section 301 tariffs on approximately $34 billion worth of Chinese products – including marine engines, navigational equipment, and components. The tariffs are in response to China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property and could be expanded to a total of $50 billion or more. Regarding the new tariffs, NMMA President Thom ...

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Correct Craft employees complete Jamaica service trips

More than 60 employees from several Correct Craft companies recently visited Montego Bay, Jamaica, on employee service trips. Two employee groups traveled between June 29 and July 8. Employee volunteers from Correct Craft and its various subsidiaries (Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, SeaArk, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, Bryant, Aktion Parks and Pleasurecraft Engine Group) banded together to help Naz Children’s Center, a school ...

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NMMA provides update on Canada’s retaliatory tariffs

It has been an intense few weeks in the recreational boating industry. The National Marine Manufacturers Association advocacy staff on both sides of the border have been working around-the-clock to communicate to both the U.S. and Canadian governments that tariffs between the two countries do nothing to protect jobs or economies. On Sunday, July 1, the Government of Canada began ...

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NMMA spearheads new efforts to combat Asian Carp

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is redoubling its efforts in the fight against Asian carp infiltrating the Great Lakes – one of the aquatic invasive species that the organization works to prevent from damaging native ecosystems. Last week, NMMA held meetings with key Congressional offices and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the status of the Brandon Road Study, ...

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Best-selling author, trust expert is MDCE opening keynote

David Horsager, a best-selling author and expert on trust, has been chosen as the opening keynote speaker for the 2018 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. Horsager’s keynote presentation “Build Trust or Die in the New Economy” is set for Monday, Dec. 10. Horsager will teach attendees how to create an actionable framework for earning trust to grow their businesses. Horsager ...

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