Trade Associations

ABYC Technician Award nominations due Friday

marine service technician week ABYC 2023

As part of the upcoming International Marine Service Technician Week, April 24-29, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) will present the 2023 Outstanding Technician Awards. Five winners will receive a $100 VISA gift card, technician prize pack with various giveaways, and will be featured on ABYC’s website and social media. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 14. “We encourage marine ...

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Coast Guard Foundation hires regional director

The Coast Guard Foundation has announced that Crystal Sabol joined the Foundation’s fundraising team. In her new position as regional director for the Great Lakes, she will work closely with Coast Guard units in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and New York to identify and fulfill education, morale and wellness, and family support for Coast Guard members. “Crystal is a strong addition ...

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IYRS school earns ABYC MTAP accreditation

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation has designated Marine Systems at IYRS School of Technology and Trades a Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP). Launched in 2022, the MTAP ensures training is aligned with industry needs, at both secondary and post-secondary schools. To achieve MTAP designation, ABYC staff reviews the program application prior to approval by an Accreditation Commission populated by marine ...

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Boating Industry announces dates, location for 2023 ELEVATE SUMMIT

Boating Industry ELEVATE Summit Conference

After a very successful event in 2022 in Orlando, Fla., EPG Brand Acceleration – parent company of Boating Industry – is excited to announce that the 2023 Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT will take place Nov. 5-7, 2023 at the Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas. “Over the last few years the Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT has become the can’t-miss leadership event ...

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NMMA to host American Boating Congress webinar

The 2023 American Boating Congress is quickly approaching, returning to Washington, D.C from May 8-10, 2023. Ahead of the industry’s advocacy event, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 27 at 4 p.m. ET to provide registrants and potential attendees an overview of what to expect at this year’s advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. Click here ...

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Boating Industry opens 2023 Top 100: Top Dealers applications

Boating Industry announced that 2023 applications for the Top Dealers Awards as part of Boating Industry‘s Top 100 Awards are now available to begin filling out and submitting. Applications are due June 26, 2023. The application is lengthy and requires a serious commitment. It helps the judging panel learn about your company and properly evaluate it. There are two different applications, depending ...

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Aquatic Invasive Species Commission addresses regulatory gaps

The Aquatic Invasive Species Commission, a collaboration between YETI, Bass Pro Shops, and recreational boating and fishing industry stakeholders, released a report today that identifies regulatory gaps in addressing aquatic invasive species and urges Congress to modernize laws, increase spending, and improve coordination at federal, state, local, and tribal levels to combat harmful aquatic invasive species. Released in partnership with leading voices ...

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AIWA advocates for waterway dredging efforts

In meetings with a dozen Senate and House offices this month, members of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) pushed for increased funding to dredge the entire Intracoastal Waterway to its authorized depth of 12 feet. Some areas of the ICW today are as shallow as five feet deep, presenting a hazard to sailors and larger pleasure craft, as well ...

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NMEA announces 2023 conference dates

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced that its 2023 Conference & Expo will be held at the Orlando Doubletree Hotel at Universal, September 18 – 22. This event will be focused strictly on marine electronics. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in over 20 different NMEA manufacturer technical training sessions ranging from one to two-hour time slots. ...

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NMRA extends scholarship deadline


The deadline to apply for a 2023 National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Marine Trades Scholarship has been extended to April 30, 2023. Since 2008, NMRA has actively contributed to the future of the marine industry by offering scholarships to students pursuing education in the marine trades. In 2022, two NMRA Scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to students attending the ...

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