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METS USA Pavilion nears sell out

The 2019 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) returns to Amsterdam November 19-21 at the RAI Exhibition Center. As registration for pavilion space nears selling out, the NMMA says this is the last opportunity to register for the USA Pavilion at METS. "The Pavilion is the largest and most prestigious country pavilion at the show and one of the most coveted places ...

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NMMA workforce initiative showcased at guidance counselor conference

NMMA launched a workforce branding effort last weekend in Boston by exhibiting at an annual conference targeting school guidance counselors. With an audience of more than 3,600 attendees, the ‘Explore Careers in the Boating Industry’ booth touched more than 1,500 visitors over three days -- touting our industry as a career to be considered by middle and high school students. ...

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NATDA sells out 2019 trade show exhibit space

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announces that exhibitor space for the 2019 NATDA Trade Show has officially sold out and waitlist opportunities have opened. Due to heightened exhibitor interest, the association expanded its floor plan in December of 2018 and has subsequently sold out the space. To accommodate companies looking to take part, NATDA has opened a waitlist ...

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Oregon Senate passes towed watersports program

Last week, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2352 – which creates a towed watersports program in the state – and now awaits Governor Kate Brown’s signature. The National Marine Manufacturers Association was part of a coalition of stakeholders and businesses that opposed the bill. HB 2352 creates a $124 biannual boating permit for wakeboat operators along a 17 mile stretch ...

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MarineMax acquires Fraser Yachts Group

MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) announced that it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of the Fraser Yachts Group (Fraser) from the Italian-based Azimut/Benetti Group. Fraser is consistently ranked as a leading superyacht brokerage and largest luxury yacht services company in the world. The transaction is expected to be accretive in its first full year. Additionally, MarineMax strengthened its ...

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Navico appoints new president and CEO

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and C-MAP® brands announced today that its board of directors has appointed Knut Frostad as President and Chief Executive Officer – assuming the role of outgoing chief executive, Leif Ottosson. “We thank Leif Ottosson for leading ten years of transformation and growth in Navico,” said Hugo Maurstad, chairman of the board of ...

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Brunswick announces restructure, eliminates 100 positions

Following the completion of the Fitness business sale to KPS Capital Partners, LP, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) recently announced that it has initiated a range of measures to streamline its cost structure to support sustained earnings growth and provide continued headroom to fund important product, digital, and growth-oriented business initiatives.  A news release from Brunswick said the announcement focuses primarily ...

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Recreational boating industry discusses E15 at OWAA conference

Last week, at the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s (OWAA) annual conference, Jeff Wasil, head of Emissions Testing and Certification at BRP Evinrude Product Development Center, and John McKnight, NMMA Senior Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety, participated on a panel examining the Renewable Fuel Standard program and the increasing volume of ethanol in the market place. OWAA’s conference ...

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Marquis Yachts names new national sales manager

Marquis Yachts recently announced Scott Nault has accepted the position of national sales manager for Marquis Yachts. In this capacity he will oversee and manage the day to day sales activities for the Marquis Yachts brands of Marquis, Carver Yachts including the Lexus LY 650. The company said Nault will also handle dealer development and product education. “I have known ...

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Yamaha teams up with Clearwater Mills to prevent marine pollution

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit and Clearwater Mills, L.L.C. of Pasadena, Md., recently agreed to jointly design a device for removing plastics and other floating debris from coastal stormwater systems. Yamaha plans to deploy the device as part of its Yamaha Rightwaters sustainability campaign, a national program focused on water, which includes conservation, habitat restoration and projects to reduce marine ...

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