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BoatUS says separation isn’t just about safe distancing

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to more recreational boats and paddlers hitting the water, all trying to have fun in a safe way. So what are these two groups doing this season to safely share more crowded waters? “Ultimately, it’s about looking out for each other,” says BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. The nonprofit boating safety and clean water arm of BoatUS shares ...

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Tampa Boat Show canceled

Tampa Boat Show

With COVID-19 cases increasing around the country, particularly in the Tampa area, NMMA has canceled this year’s Progressive® Insurance Tampa Boat Show at the Tampa Convention Center, which was scheduled to be held from September 11-13, 2020.  "While we remained hopeful that the show would proceed amid the evolving coronavirus situation, we believe this is the most prudent course of action to ...

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Get On Board webinar this Wednesday

Get On Board campaign

As COVID-19 continues to wear on Americans’ mental health, Discover Boating and Take Me Fishing™ launched a new public service campaign called Get On Board to raise awareness about the wellness benefits of boating and fishing. NMMA invites all members to join the Get On Board and #TheWaterIsOpen movement. A complimentary webinar is happening this Wednesday, July 15 at 2p.m. EST for partners to learn all about the campaign ...

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Congress moves to restore fishery restoration and conservation efforts

Capitol Hill

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress took important steps to reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) – a program that supports about $650 million annually in fishery restoration and conservation efforts, boating access and infrastructure, as well as fish stocking programs important to recreational anglers. Reauthorizing the Trust Fund is a top priority of the recreational boating ...

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IBEX 2020 announces transition to virtual event

IBEX 2020

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), scheduled for September 29 – October 1, 2020, announced today it will transition to a virtual only event allowing the entire marine industry to come together in a new way as an online community. This decision was made to pivot the in-person show to a virtual only event due to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

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Industry champions fight to protect small business from natural disasters

Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Jim Morelle (D-NY-25), Jack Bergman (R-MI-01), Jared Golden (D-ME-02), and Pete Stauber (R-MN-08) introduced landmark legislation backed by the recreational boating industry that would give small businesses the opportunity to access much needed capital to invest in disaster resilient infrastructure. The bill – formally known as the Providing Resources for Emergency Preparedness and Resilient Enterprises (PREPARE) Act ...

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BRP launches new experience-based pilot project

Today, BRP (TSX: DOO, NASDAQ: DOOO) launched a new pilot program, Uncharted Society, that will offer more than 40 expertly curated experiences using powersports vehicles in the United States. From the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rockies, Joshua Tree, and many more bucket-list destinations, customers will be able to live out unique experiences on Sea-Doo watercraft, ...

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RBFF fishing license study shows opportunities

Today, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the findings of a new fishing license mystery shopper study, which shows promising gains made by states in their online license purchase process. Each year, more and more consumers are purchasing a broader range of goods and services online, as well as from mobile devices. The Online Fishing License Assessment was conducted to ...

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Lippert Components hires new OEM marine seating engineer

Lippert Components, Inc. announced the addition of Garth Rogers as Upholstery Engineer for its Taylor Made branded line of OEM Marine Seating business. Rogers will provide engineering leadership within the Taylor Made team to develop and integrate marine seating products for OEM customers. A marine industry veteran, Rogers brings over 35 years of experience ranging from engineering and development, to ...

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Sea Tow launches new partnership with Gurney’s Resorts

A unique collaboration between luxury resort and marina operator, Gurney’s Resorts and Sea Tow, offers members and guests exclusive, high-level incentives this summer. The relationship comes at a time when out-of-the-box collaborations are more important than ever. The mutually beneficial relationship between the two brands not only offers more value to both guests/members but also incentivizes recreational boating and supports ...

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