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U.S. boat exports down sharply

U.S. recreational boat exports sharply down

The Boat and Engine Exports and Imports section of NMMA’s 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available. This report examines 24 years of historical data on the different categories of recreational boats and marine engines imported to and exported from the U.S. each year. Key insights from the report include: U.S. exports of recreational boats regressed to 1999 levels with ...

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Michigan DNR approves recreational boating grants

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says more than $4 million in grant funding will be awarded to 23 communities throughout the state to boost recreational boating. The funding is made possible through the DNR Parks and Recreation Division's waterways grant program, which began in 1949 with the goal of expanding the harbor system along the Great Lakes and boating ...

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Drew International acquires Trac-Ecological

Drew International has acquired Trac-Ecological, a Florida-based supplier of environmentally friendly chemical solutions for yachts and other pleasure boats. The acquired business, whose products include descalers, cleaners, degreasers, flushing units, and accessories, will fall under the Drew Marine Segment. “We are excited to add the Trac brand of products to the Drew family as it allows us to fill out ...

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Limestone adds Alan Gaines to board

The Limestone Boat Company announced that investment banker, advisor and entrepreneur, Alan D. Gaines, has joined the company's board of directors. Gaines is Chairman of Vision Marine Technologies, a global manufacturer of proprietary electric powertrains and boats. He is active within CleanTech, renewable and sustainable energy, traditional fossil fuels, technology, electric vehicle and battery technology, energy storage and infrastructure, and battery ...

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Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida brings law enforcement and marine businesses together

boating safety forum

With the dramatic increase in boating traffic, the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (MIA) joined with the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND), the Venice Police Department, and the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit to host a forum that brought 15 law enforcement and government agencies together along with 30 marine industry representatives to discuss boating ...

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Florida anchoring bill signed into law

A bill aimed to address the continuing vessel anchoring challenges facing some Florida counties while balancing the needs of responsible vessel operators became law with the signing of FL S.B. 1946 by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Boat Owners Association of The United States supports the legislation that protects active cruisers in the Sunshine State, giving them critical access to important shoreside ...

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Oregon measure restricting boating access fails to advance

A bill that would have banned boats weighing more than 5,000 pounds from towing on a section of the Willamette River failed to pass the Oregon legislature on the last day of the session. The measure - SB 857, which was opposed by the recreational boating community – also would have extended the length of the restricted section of the river, ...

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IBEX opens registration for 2021 in-person event

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that registration is now open for the 30th Anniversary of IBEX, to be held September 28-30, 2021, in the Tampa Convention Center. North America’s largest trade event for recreational marine industry professionals, IBEX is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and RAI Amsterdam. More than 570 exhibitors have already confirmed ...

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Correct Craft to be carbon neutral by 2025

Correct Craft recently announced its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Correct Craft said it will approach this sizable goal by investing its resources in long term solutions to lower carbon emissions. Correct Craft has been intentional about identifying how much total carbon it emits and the sources of the emissions from the company’s locations across the U.S. Correct ...

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Torqeedo begins construction on new HQ

Torqeedo recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its new headquarters and production facilities on June 30, 2021. The company will remain a tenant of the Air Tech Campus (ATC) Oberpfaffenhofen in the Munich metro area, where it has been located since 2012. "We're incredibly pleased to be able to remain a part of the Air Tech Campus, where we have excellent ...

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