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NMMA State Advocacy Team secures victories in boating access

As state legislative sessions near their final days, boating access rights have been at risk across the United States. Lawmakers, agencies, and special interest groups across several states have attempted to regulate towed water sports, specifically wakesurfing, due to erroneous claims that the activity has a negative impact on waterway shorelines.The NMMA State Advocacy team, alongside the Water Sports Industry ...

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Freedom Boat Club to pass 50,000 member mark

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Brunswick Corporation announced that Freedom Boat Club this week is expected surpass 50,000 memberships across its 360 global locations, made up of both corporate locations and a continually growing network of franchise partners. Freedom’s 50,000 memberships cover more than 75,000 global members constituting a growing, energetic, and diverse community of boating enthusiasts. Since Brunswick’s acquisition of Freedom in 2019, the ...

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MRAA partners with Boat Trader for Certified Dealers

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced its expansion of offerings for Marine Industry Certified Dealership (MICD) Program participants through its strategic partnership with Boat Trader. The new benefit includes banner ads for MRAA Certified Dealers on Boat Trader, the largest online boating marketplace in America, who are also Boat Trader members. The banners will be paired with dealer ...

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California pauses proposal to change Prop 65 labels

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The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced last week it was unable to complete the regulatory process for its proposal to change the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) short-form warning requirements. California OEHHA’s proposal to the short-form warning requirements changes would require any company using short-form warnings to revise their Prop 65 compliance plans, including labeling and marketing materials. In ...

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Dockmate names new national sales manager

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Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote-control systems for yachts, announced it has hired Chris Myers as national sales manager to better service its customers throughout the United States. In his new role, Myers is tasked with directing the Dockmate team of inside and outside sales representatives across the United States and growing and supporting Dockmate’s dealer network. A lifelong boater and avid ...

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Yamaha Rightwaters, Coastal Conservation Association, Harte Research Institute launch new initiative

Yamaha Rightwaters recently joined forces with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to initiate a new conservation project designed to evaluate the role of oyster reefs in capturing and storing carbon in St. Charles Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. The ultimate goal is to then potentially scale the program to a larger scope. ...

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RBFF releases 2022 Special Report on Fishing

Fifty-two million Americans age 6+ went fishing in 2021, according to preliminary data from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) 2022 Special Report on Fishing. Down slightly from 2020, fishing participation exceeded 50 million for the second time in 14 years, posting gains over 2019 and supporting a six-year upward trend. "We were all hoping to hit our goal of 60 ...

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Jeff Stone, senior VP of Skeeter Products, will oversee G3 Boats

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced today that Jeff Stone, Senior Vice President, Skeeter Products, will now oversee G3 Boats. In his new role, Stone is responsible for manufacturing, operations, marketing and sales for Yamaha U.S. Business Unit subsidiaries G3 and Skeeter Boats. “Jeff’s steadfast leadership, experience and strong financial management principles will allow Yamaha to continue to invest in the people, ...

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BRP appoints executive team

BRP Inc. has announced executive appointments to support future growth plans. All internal promotions are effective immediately. “In the past five years alone, our revenues increased by 80%, and our employee base more than doubled. Our business also grew in complexity, including from a technology and product standpoint. I am excited to announce these changes and promotions that will play ...

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NMMA calls for industry support of E15 Consumer Protection Bill

Earlier this month, Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) and Representative Austin Scott (R-GA-08), members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to more clearly define and label fuel blended with more than 15 percent ethanol (E15) at pumps to protect consumers from misfuelling. The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act addresses a policy priority for the recreational boating industry and ...

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