Trade Associations

NMMA: New powerboat sales normalizing

The NMMA reports new powerboat sales through Q1 2022 are showing signs of normalizing following two years of historic growth. In the first quarter, new powerboat retail sales totaled 54,000 units, down 20% compared to Q1 2021, while continuing to surpass pre-pandemic levels, up 20% from Q1 2019’s 45,000 units.  “Not surprisingly, we’re seeing sales begin to stabilize following extraordinary growth in ...

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NMMA State Advocacy Team secures victories in boating access

As state legislative sessions near their final days, boating access rights have been at risk across the United States. Lawmakers, agencies, and special interest groups across several states have attempted to regulate towed water sports, specifically wakesurfing, due to erroneous claims that the activity has a negative impact on waterway shorelines.The NMMA State Advocacy team, alongside the Water Sports Industry ...

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MRAA partners with Boat Trader for Certified Dealers

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced its expansion of offerings for Marine Industry Certified Dealership (MICD) Program participants through its strategic partnership with Boat Trader. The new benefit includes banner ads for MRAA Certified Dealers on Boat Trader, the largest online boating marketplace in America, who are also Boat Trader members. The banners will be paired with dealer ...

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California pauses proposal to change Prop 65 labels

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The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced last week it was unable to complete the regulatory process for its proposal to change the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) short-form warning requirements. California OEHHA’s proposal to the short-form warning requirements changes would require any company using short-form warnings to revise their Prop 65 compliance plans, including labeling and marketing materials. In ...

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RBFF releases 2022 Special Report on Fishing

Fifty-two million Americans age 6+ went fishing in 2021, according to preliminary data from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) 2022 Special Report on Fishing. Down slightly from 2020, fishing participation exceeded 50 million for the second time in 14 years, posting gains over 2019 and supporting a six-year upward trend. "We were all hoping to hit our goal of 60 ...

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NMMA calls for industry support of E15 Consumer Protection Bill

Earlier this month, Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) and Representative Austin Scott (R-GA-08), members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to more clearly define and label fuel blended with more than 15 percent ethanol (E15) at pumps to protect consumers from misfuelling. The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act addresses a policy priority for the recreational boating industry and ...

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NMMA opens Hall of Fame award nominations

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 NMMA Hall of Fame Award. NMMA Hall of Fame inductees are industry icons—visionaries whose outstanding contributions have and continue to advance, guide, and transform the industry. To nominate a worthy marine leader, one must be an active member in good standing with the NMMA. Nominees should meet the outlined award criteria. An ...

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Tiara encourages support of GLBBS for workforce development

In the face of the pandemic, the marine industry has faced several challenges, including supply chain and workforce disruptions. In a letter penned by Tiara Yachts President and CEO Tom Slikkers, Slikkers makes note of these business challenges – specifically highlighting workforce challenges – and encourages greater industry support of the Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS). GLBBS aims to ...

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Congressional Boating Caucus co-chair visits Scout Boats Facility

Earlier this week Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC-01), recipient of this year’s NMMA Legislator of the Year Award and Congressional Boating Caucus co-chair, visited the Scout Boats facility in Summerville, South Carolina. Scout Boats has long been a member of the NMMA and builds sportfishing center console, dual console and inshore/bay boat models. During the visit Representative Mace discussed the manufacturing ...

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AMI Conference and Expo seminar deadline approaches

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AMI Conference & Expo has announced a last call for seminar proposals. Deadline for submitting proposals for consideration is June 1, 2022. The AMI Conference & Expo is scheduled for Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2023, in Daytona Beach, Fla. This year the conference will provide dedicated tracks on leadership skills, human resources management and professional development, design and engineering, ...

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