Trade Associations

Sea Scout Ship 1959 takes 2021 BoatUS National Flagship Award

Sea Scouts is a co-educational program from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that teaches youth boating and leadership skills with on-water practice and outdoor, social and community service experiences. During the pandemic, local Sea Scout “ships” have faced significant challenges. One such group chartered in 2019, Sea Scout Ship 1959 Seafarers Commitment barely had a full year of activity before it faced ...

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2021 Boating Industry Top 100 applications due July 26

This is the last full week to apply for the 2021 Boating Industry Top 100, recognizing the best boat dealers in North America. Applications are due July 26, 2021. Find more information about the program on the Top 100 page. Remember, this year there are two applications: the full in-depth application and the new streamlined application designed to save you time while applying. Both ...

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National media continue to boost boating

NMMA's summer PR efforts continue to make waves in the news, raising awareness about the benefits of boating and shining a spotlight on the U.S. recreational boating industry. Over the weekend, Fox Business did a feature story, First-time boaters lead boat boom, reporting on record demand for boating since the outset of the pandemic and highlighting boating as a top choice in outdoor ...

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Minneapolis StarTribune article details growing wake surfing opposition

A recent article in the Minneapolis StarTribune newspaper highlights some of the growing controversy around the growing popularity of wake surfing, particularly at the west metro's Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota's busiest lake. The piece talks about "deafening music" played by wake surfers, invasive species issues from ballast tanks, shoreline erosion and even dangerous waves created by wake surfing boats that have ...

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IBEX Innovation Awards deadline is approaching

IBEX 2021 Innovation Awards

The deadline for entry to the 2021 IBEX Innovation Awards is Friday, August 13. The awards program will take place during IBEX in Tampa, FL Sept. 28-30 and will honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. Innovation Award entrants and honorees will receive the following:  All product entries will be presented along Innovation Way during IBEX.All products will be featured on the ...

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U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Report shows some ways the pandemic impacted boating

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were significantly up over the prior year. While still under review, the Coast Guard believes that the primary driving factor for the significant increase in deaths was the significant increase in boating activity. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water looks ...

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Boating Industry accepting nominations for 2021 Movers & Shakers

Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Movers & Shakers. The Movers & Shakers program recognizes leaders who haven’t been afraid to take chances, to rethink the way they do business, to embrace the challenges facing the marine industry head on. Nominees can be from and company, group or organization that does business in the boating industry, as long ...

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NMMA names new VP of marketing

NMMA announced the hire of Kevin M. Williams as vice president of marketing. In this new role created in support of the NMMA’s strategic plan to expand the market for recreational boating, Williams will oversee the industry's Discover Boating campaign and the integration of the Discover Boating brand with boat shows. This includes all of NMMA’s paid media, digital marketing, ...

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New owner takes over TowBoatUS Anacortes

Capt. Chris Justice, a former hired on-water towing captain with TowBoatUS Tacoma, has chosen to strike out on his own and is the new owner of TowBoatUS Anacortes. “I knew I wanted to go out on my own, so when I heard about the opportunity, I immediately jumped on it, packed up my bags, and moved to Anacortes," said Justice. Asked ...

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Boating BC collaborates on new boater education

Representatives from Boating BC, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and BC Ferries have announced a new collaboration aimed at educating recreational boaters and small commercial vessel operators about how to share the waterways with deep sea vessel traffic. The initiative, which will include a province-wide advertising campaign is made possible through a grant from Transport Canada and addresses increasing near ...

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