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ICOMIA releases 2020 statistics book

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has released the latest edition of its Recreational Boating Industry Statistics Book. The 2020 Statistics Book provides, in one useful reference document, global data, as well as comprehensive national reports on the industry’s largest market countries, global summaries of key product segments from 22 countries, export/import data for international trade in boats from 41 countries, marine ...

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NMEA posts 2022 training course schedule

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced the lineup and dates of the marine electronics installer training classes for 2022. Offered are the Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI), Advanced Marine Electronics Installer (AMEI), Basic NMEA 2000® Network Installer and Advanced NMEA 2000® Network Installer courses. Basic classes are taught in person and virtually, while advanced classes are only taught ...

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NOAA releases final rule on Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this week the final management plan, final environmental assessment, and a final rule for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The new management plan includes proposed strategies and action plans for conservation and management of the sanctuary’s resources over the coming decade. The regulatory changes, which include minor changes to the regulations, reflect input from ...

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NATDA names new executive director, director of operations

After posting record-breaking numbers both in terms of overall association membership and attendance for the NATDA Trailer Show, the North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) has announced that Andria Gibbon, CEM has been promoted to Executive Director. Under Gibbon’s leadership in 2021, dealer attendance for the annual NATDA Trailer Show saw a 2% increase over its previous 2017 record. From ...

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Discover Boating launches new boating basics video episode on docking

Discover Boating launched a new episode – a beginner’s guide on how to dock a boat – in its five-part digital video series ‘Boating Basics: Pro Tips’ powered by Progressive® to support ongoing efforts around boater engagement and education. In episode three, “6 Steps to Docking a Boat Like a Pro,” boaters will learn simple tips to prepare for any ...

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2022 Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards call for entries

The Innovation Awards are returning in-person to the Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show®, and the call for entries is now open. The Innovation Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in four product categories: Aluminum fishing boatsFiberglass fishing boatsPontoon boatsFurnishings—New for 2022 All Innovation Award entrants gain valuable product exposure, including: Innovation Award signage—identifies your product as cutting-edge to the public and industry stakeholdersProduct review ...

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Rochford Supply appoints Ken Horton OEM market development manager

Minnesota-based Rochford Supply announce that industry veteran Ken Horton has been appointed to the organization’s leadership team in the role of OEM Market Development Manager. He will lead Rochford Supply’s efforts to support OEM boat builders with fabric, upholstery, foam and supplies needed to reduce supply chain interruptions and accelerate their production of boats. “Ken joins Rochford Supply with decades of experience, ...

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MRAA details full education lineup for Dealer Week

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MRAA's Dealer Week has announced their education lineup. The event will take place in Austin, Tx., Dec. 6-9 and online, Jan. 11-13. Attendees who sign up for the in-person event will receive complimentary access to Dealer Week Online. For those who are unable to attend in person, a separate online-only registration is also available.  “We waited longer than usual to finalize ...

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Marine Trades Association of Maryland on-the-job trainee success

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) congratulates Luke Carter on the completion of his On-the-Job Training (OJT) with Fawcett Boat Supplies in Annapolis, MD. Carter is a student of the Marine Service Technology Program at the Center of Applied Technologies South (CAT South.) Carter grew up in Riva, MD with a love for the water. Boating with his family is what ...

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Freedom Boat Club celebrates success at annual conference

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Freedom Boat Club held its annual franchise conference last week to celebrate another year of record growth for the business. Since Freedom joined the Brunswick family in May 2019, it has experienced unprecedented expansion now serving nearly 70,000 members across nearly 300 locations. Freedom’s total footprint now also includes Fanautic Club, the largest boat club operator in Spain, acquired in July ...

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