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Bruce Van Wagoner to receive 2021 Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award

Bruce Van Wagoner

The NMMA Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environmental Awareness announced that Bruce Van Wagoner, who recently announced his retirement as President-Marine Group of Wells Fargo, is the recipient of the 2021 Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award. The award recognizes his extraordinary service, commitment and dedication to the long-term health of the recreational boating industry. Bruce will be honored ...

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National Marine Lenders Association shows highest Q1 loan volume in six years

The National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA), whose lender members extend or originate credit to consumers, retailers/dealers and manufacturers of recreational boats and equipment, reported that its 1Q-2021 Snapshot Quarterly Survey indicates that 88% of responding members stated that their marine loan volume had increased over the same quarter in 2020. The NMLA introduced its first brief Quarterly Survey to lender ...

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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation announces new marine education partnership

Guy Harvey Foundation announces new partner in marine education

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation announced a new partnership with Florida Power & Light Company designed to expand education opportunities for teachers, students and families to learn about Florida’s environment and wildlife.  As a conservation sponsor, FPL will also support the GHOF’s recently launched marine science education program in Florida schools. The immersive curriculum-based courses and adventures explore the wonders ...

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Orlando Watersports Complex teaches autistic children how to ride

Orlando Watersports Complex Above The Wake

Orlando Watersports Complex hosted Above The Wake to teach over 40 children that have autism and other disabilities how to wakeboard, kneeboard, and paddleboard. Above The Wake is a local nonprofit that helps disabled kids get on the water. Some children at this event have never been on the water. Watersports often benefits kids with sensory concerns especially those with autism and cognitive delays. ...

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New partnership with Bravada marks milestones for Volvo Penta

Bravada selects Volvo Penta

Luxury houseboat manufacturer Bravada Yachts selected Volvo Penta as the propulsion provider of choice for the builder’s new Atlas V Series 80 x 22 custom lake houseboat, Invictus, located on Lake Powell, Arizona. Invictus marks several important “firsts” for Volvo Penta. The impressive luxury houseboat is the first Bravada houseboat to be powered by Volvo Penta and largest boat in the region to be ...

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Mercury Racing introduces new competition outboard

Mercury Racing 200 APX

Mercury Racing expands its Apex Series of competition outboards with the introduction of the Mercury Racing 200 APX;  a V6 four‑stroke model designed for UIM F2 and APBA OPC tunnel boat racing. Rated at more than 200 horsepower, the 200 APX outboard offers racers a very durable powerhead and the latest in four‑stroke engine technology, while reducing exhaust emissions by 50% compared to ...

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Nominations open for ABYC Foundation’s Educator of the Year

ABYC FOundation Marine Educator of the Year

The ABYC Foundation is seeking nominations for its Educator of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians. Candidates should be currently teaching marine service technology for recreational boats in a high school, post-secondary school or corporate setting. “We had a strong pool of candidates for last year’s Educator of the Year Award and we are excited to ...

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NMMA’s Vasilaros departs for Business Roundtable

NMMA announced today that Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s Senior Vice President, Government and Legal Affairs, is moving on from the Association after accepting the role of Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations at the Business Roundtable. Vasilaros will remain onboard at NMMA through April 23 and following the 2021 American Boating Congress (April 21-22) to ensure a smooth transition.  Vasilaros began at NMMA in 2011, ...

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West Marine acquired by private equity firm

West Marine, an integrated, omni-channel provider of aftermarket products and services to the boating, fishing, sailing and watersports markets in the U.S. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by L Catterton.  L Catterton is the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm and has extensive experience building enthusiast brands. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1968, ...

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ABYC Foundation seeks nominations for Educator of the Year

The ABYC Foundation is seeking nominations for its Educator of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians. Candidates should be currently teaching marine service technology for recreational boats in a high school, post-secondary school or corporate setting. “We had a strong pool of candidates for last year’s Educator of the Year Award and we are excited to ...

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