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Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville adds assistant director of marketing

Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville announced Luke Bickerstaff has joined the organization as the assistant director of marketing. Bickerstaff will be responsible for all ad design and copywriting. He will manage the franchise’s social media, assist in writing for video scripts and press releases and will be responsible for marketing analytics. Bickerstaff will work directly with Lisa Almeida, the co-owner of Freedom ...

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Chicago Boat Show to celebrate 90 years

The 90th Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show returns to Chicago Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, with new features and events. The event will showcase over 700 boats, 100 RVs, sailing and boating educational opportunities, plus the latest in technology and outdoor accessories, the show will also introduce the new Discover Boating Experience and a special ...

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NMMA calls for annual survey participants

NMMA is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s second annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2020 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. NMMA says direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust and effective. Last year, more than 1,500 industry representatives ...

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Happy Holidays from Boating Industry

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Boating Industry! We hope that your holiday season is filled with family, friends and well-deserved relaxation. In observance of the holidays, Boating Industry will not publish a newsletter Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2019 and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Newsletters will resume Jan. 2, 2020. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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Congress approves $1.4 trillion spending package

Just before the holiday break, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a $1.4 trillion spending package to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020, which includes nearly all the recreational boating industry’s top funding priorities. The NMMA outlined the industry’s requests earlier this year, advocating for programs vital to promoting and protecting boating access and local economies ...

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Miami Innovation Awards entries due January 10

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has issued the call for entries for the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, one of the industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. The deadline for entry is January 10, 2020. Full program details and requirements can be found here. Innovation Award winners will be announced ...

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Evinrude launches new 150 HP power tiller

Evinrude recently announced the industry’s first 150 HP tiller controlled outboard, with integrated power steering assist and digital shift and throttle, the E-TEC G2 Power Tiller. Designed with beginners to advanced anglers in mind, Evinrude says the new 150 HP Power Tiller is easy to use, even in the worst conditions.  “While the competition is focused on releasing larger and ...

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NMLA announces new directors, officers

The National Marine Lenders Association announced the candidates elected by the membership to serve on the Board of Directors through 2022. They are: Regular Member Directors (Lenders) Robert P. Dunford - Trident Funding LLC (Shelton, CT)Karen Trostle - Sterling Acceptance Corporation (Annapolis, MD) Associate Member Director Matt Anderson - Global Marine Insurance Agency (Traverse City, MI)  The 2020 slate of officers confirmed at ...

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US Commerce Secretary sides with boating, fishing management

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued a decision cracking down on overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay and paving the way for better management of the menhaden fishery. In a move celebrated by the recreational boating and fishing community, Secretary Ross found the state of Virginia out of compliance after Omega Protein willfully violated the fishing cap on menhaden – ...

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NMMA: October powerboat report shows 2019 sales on par

NMMA today announced its October New Powerboat Registrations Report showing new powerboat retail unit sales were up 5% on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis and down 1% on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) basis. Total new units sold in 2019 (through October) reached 261,600, signaling that total 2019 sales remain on track to finish on par with 2018. “While ...

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