Trade Associations

ABYC Foundation’s virtual Educator Training Conference underway

ABYC Educator Training Conference logo

Over 100 educators and marine industry professionals representing 24 states, Canada, Bermuda, Germany, and the British Virgin Islands, logged in yesterday morning to participate in the ABYC Foundation’s second Educator Training Conference (ETC), which continues today. Participants will spend the time online to discuss best practices for teaching marine service technology at secondary and post-secondary schools. Registration remains open. Those ...

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NMEA opens call for product award nominations

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) will be awarding over 20 manufacturer product awards at the upcoming NMEA Conference & Expo, at the Doubletree Universal Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Here are the details on the 2021 awards program that NMEA invites all manufacturers to participate in. Product of Excellence Awards:NMEA members will be able to vote on the following 18 ...

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MMTA workforce solutions amendment passes state budget

Last week Governor Baker signed the 2022 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry. This funding will continue the progress the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has made to meet the workforce challenges within the industry. The recreational boating industry in Massachusetts has an economic impact of ...

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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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