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Florida company devises forgotten drain plug solution

Have you ever forgotten to put the plug, or plugs plural, in your boat? You likely only do it once. At any rate, inteliPlug was developed to solve one of boating’s age old problems and most common mistakes; forgetting to install the drain plug. Boaters frequently overlook reinstalling the drain plug when launching at boat ramps. At the very least, ...

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Bluewater Yachts mourns the loss of Jan Boone

Bluewater Yacht Sales announced that their president, Jan Boone, lost her battle with cancer. After graduating from college, she began her boating career at Hatteras Yachts in North Carolina, working her way through various roles in marketing, customer service, personnel management and a progression of sales-related positions, including vice president of sales. In 2008, she accepted the position of president ...

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Proposed tariffs on Mexico would hurt boating industry

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says the five-percent tariffs announced by President Trump on all goods from Mexico as a way to compel the country’s leaders to help curb illegal immigration into the U.S. would be "problematic" for marine manufacturers. The tariffs are currently set to begin on June 10 and steadily increase in the coming months – 10-percent on ...

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EPA officially approves year-round sale of E15

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally approved a rule allowing the year-round sale of fuel with 15% ethanol (E15). NMMA and its coalition partners repeatedly voiced opposition to EPA’s proposal leading up to the announcement, calling the rule legally dubious and a direct threat to consumer safety. In response, NMMA president, Thom Dammrich stated, "While deeply disappointing, today's announcement comes ...

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NMMA to host webinar on Section 301 tariffs

NMMA will host a webinar on Monday, June 10 at 11:00am ET to provide a full accounting of the recent actions on Section 301 tariffs targeting Chinese imports. Following a setback in trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, the Trump administration raised its 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods (List 3) to 25% - with items ...

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Economist Elliot Eisenberg named as Elevate keynote speaker

Economist and columnist Dr. Elliot Eisenberg will kick off the first full day of the 2019 Boating Industry Elevate Summit. Eisenberg will speak at 8 a.m. November 23. Elevate runs from November 22-24 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. The full schedule for Elevate is available at BoatingIndustryElevate.com. “Elevate is designed for the top executives in the boating industry and ...

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Mercury Marine expands diecast capabilities

Mercury Marine officially opened the 23,500 square foot expansion to its diecasting facility. The $9M investment provides needed space for capacity increases, allowing the company to make complex blocks, driveshafts, and gear cases for Mercury’s outboards. The addition will be filled with large tonnage die casting equipment containing cutting edge technologies that will drive higher quality and better throughput to ...

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Correct Craft hosts meeting with Congressman Darren Soto

Correct Craft, in partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, hosted a meeting with U.S. Representative Darren Soto. After touring Correct Craft’s Nautique boat building plant, Congressman Soto and Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin discussed various national issues and how they impact Correct Craft, the boating industry and the broader business community. NAM representatives ...

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Industry veteran Donald Reed passes away

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is sad to share the news that Donald Reed passed away in his home at the age of 89. Reed worked at NMMA when it was known as the Boating Industry Association (BIA) through the 1970s and 1980s. He was one of the earliest founders of the NMMA certification program and worked closely with ...

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