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Oregon approves bill requiring access permit for non-motorized boats

Last week, the Oregon Senate and House passed SB47 – legislation that would require operators of nonmotorized boats to purchase a waterway access permit – sending the measure to Governor Kate Brown who is expected to sign it into law. The NMMA said it strongly supported this bill and submitted testimony to Oregon’s Joint Ways and Means Committee in favor ...

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IBBI selects Fusion as marine stereo supplier, extends Garmin agreement

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced that Fusion, a Garmin brand providing marine entertainment, has been selected as a supplier of choice for the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI), the industry’s largest purchasing cooperative. Beginning Model Year 2020, this agreement will give members direct access to Fusion’s full line of audio entertainment products through 2024. Comprised ...

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Brunswick’s New York Mills operation earns another safety accolade

Brunswick Corporation’s New York Mills operation has earned a Governor’s Safety Award from the Minnesota Safety Council and was recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the recent Governor’s Safety Awards. This comes a week after the facility was named in the Top 10 in the Star Tribune’s Top 150 Workplace list. “Our team has a tremendous focus ...

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Mercury Racing launches 450R outboard

Steeped in Mercury Racing DNA, the 450R features a 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger to produce 450 peak propshaft horsepower and 40% higher torque than the 400R.   At over 300 pounds lighter than the nearest competitor, the new 450R delivers a new power-to-weight ratio in a compact, efficient package. The 450R offers the ...

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NMMA accepting 2019 Hall of Fame Award nominations

Nominations for the NMMA Hall of Fame Award are being accepted through July 17, 2019. Launched in 1988, the NMMA Hall of Fame award honors an individual who has or is currently generating substantial and lasting contributions to the advancement of the marine industry. It recognizes marine leaders whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation ...

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Congressman tours Scout Boats, holds workforce roundtable

On Monday, Representative Joe Cunningham (D-SC-1) met with recreational boating industry leaders – including representatives from Scout Boats, Sportsman Boats Manufacturing, Zodiac, Stingray Boats, and NMMA – at Scout Boats’ facility in Summersville, S.C. to discuss the recreational boating industry’s workforce challenges and infrastructure needs. Congressman Cunningham also toured Scout Boats’ plant prior to the roundtable discussion – which includes ...

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NMEA announces educational lineup for 2019 conference

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) will hold their annual international convention together at the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel, Portsmouth / Norfolk, Virginia on Sept. 16-20. Registration for the 2019 NMEA/RTCM Marine Electronics Conference & Expo is now open for attendees. New for 2019, on both Monday and Friday, Sept. 16 and ...

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B&G, Simrad announce new VHF radios with AIS capabilities

B&G announced the release of its first VHF radio with a fully integrated Class B AIS transceiver, the V60-B VHF radio. For the first time, a VHF radio can transmit your vessel’s position over AIS. The V60-B has a large screen, intuitive interface, built-in AIS Class B transceiver, a front-mountable design for easy installation and optional wireless handsets with inductive ...

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Groupe Beneteau names new CEO

Groupe Beneteau's board of directors has appointed its Chairman, Jérôme de Metz, as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Hervé Gastinel. Alongside this appointment, the boat division’s management board is also evolving to unite the group's teams, brands, design units and plants around a stronger shared project. This project is based around a cross-cutting approach and will be reflected in the creation ...

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NMMA, coalition partners participate in new tariff hearings

Yesterday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) held the first day of hearings regarding proposed Section 301 tariffs on approximately $300 billion worth of Chinese products (List 4). Held at the International Trade Commission, NMMA participated by bringing items that would be affected by the administration's newest round of proposed tariffs. NMMA was joined by representatives from the ...

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