Trade Associations

RBIEF grants record scholarship funds

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) more than doubled the amount of funds distributed this year compared to years past, as qualified applicants express keen interest in careers in the marine industry. The Foundation awarded $18,500 in scholarship funds to 10 students.   The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1986 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) with ...

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NMEA announces conference and expo schedule

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) is inviting all members and marine professionals to the annual international Marine Electronics Conference & Expo at the Orlando Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, Sept. 20–24. Registration is now open for the largest industry trade event focusing strictly on marine electronics. The week-long gathering includes manufacturer technical training sessions on Monday, ...

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U.S. boat exports down sharply

U.S. recreational boat exports sharply down

The Boat and Engine Exports and Imports section of NMMA’s 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available. This report examines 24 years of historical data on the different categories of recreational boats and marine engines imported to and exported from the U.S. each year. Key insights from the report include: U.S. exports of recreational boats regressed to 1999 levels with ...

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Michigan DNR approves recreational boating grants

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says more than $4 million in grant funding will be awarded to 23 communities throughout the state to boost recreational boating. The funding is made possible through the DNR Parks and Recreation Division's waterways grant program, which began in 1949 with the goal of expanding the harbor system along the Great Lakes and boating ...

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Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida brings law enforcement and marine businesses together

boating safety forum

With the dramatic increase in boating traffic, the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (MIA) joined with the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND), the Venice Police Department, and the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit to host a forum that brought 15 law enforcement and government agencies together along with 30 marine industry representatives to discuss boating ...

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Florida anchoring bill signed into law

A bill aimed to address the continuing vessel anchoring challenges facing some Florida counties while balancing the needs of responsible vessel operators became law with the signing of FL S.B. 1946 by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Boat Owners Association of The United States supports the legislation that protects active cruisers in the Sunshine State, giving them critical access to important shoreside ...

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Oregon measure restricting boating access fails to advance

A bill that would have banned boats weighing more than 5,000 pounds from towing on a section of the Willamette River failed to pass the Oregon legislature on the last day of the session. The measure - SB 857, which was opposed by the recreational boating community – also would have extended the length of the restricted section of the river, ...

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IBEX opens registration for 2021 in-person event

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that registration is now open for the 30th Anniversary of IBEX, to be held September 28-30, 2021, in the Tampa Convention Center. North America’s largest trade event for recreational marine industry professionals, IBEX is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and RAI Amsterdam. More than 570 exhibitors have already confirmed ...

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NATDA announces new Dealer Advisory Board

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) recently announced the reformation of its Dealer Advisory Board, composed of five dealer members from various parts of the North America.  NATDA’s Dealer Advisory Board members will be tasked with lending suggestions on ways that the association can better serve its dealer members to provide solutions to problems facing the industry. Additionally, they will ...

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NMMA recognizes boat dealers with Customer Satisfaction Index Awards

NMMA CSI Awards logo

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced boat dealer recipients of the 2020 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards. The 2020 CSI Awards honor 1,497 dealers for customer satisfaction excellence in sales and 1,035 for excellence in continued service. For the fifth consecutive year, NMMA is using dealer satisfaction data collected through the Marine Industry CSI program to recognize ...

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