Trade Associations

In-person Stuart Boat Show still happening this weekend

Stuart Boat Show

The Stuart Boat Show, located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, will take place January 15-17, and includes hundreds of boats, marine-related products and seminars. “We are expecting a robust turnout from both exhibitors and attendees this year due to the eagerness to get back to normal since the COVID-19 pandemic, so we need to be razor-sharp in our planning and safety ...

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Paycheck Protection Program is open again

Paycheck Protection Program re-opens

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is open again for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, ...

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NMMA announces additional changes to 2021 Boat Shows

NMMA Boat Shows

After a thorough market-by-market evaluation of its boat shows still on the schedule for the first quarter of 2021, the NMMA announced today it is canceling this year’s Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show and Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow, and postponing the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show to April 7-11, 2021, which was originally scheduled Feb. 24-28. The Association announced in ...

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Boating Industry seeks nominations for 2021 40 Under 40

Now in its fifth year, Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 program will return in early 2021. The editorial staff at Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which highlights the best young leaders across all segments of the marine industry. Each year, Boating Industry receives hundreds of nominations from dealer principals, owners, CEOs and many ...

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NMMA reports 13-year high for U.S. boat sales in 2020

With heightened interest in outdoor recreation activities and ways to social distance, consumer demand for new boats surged across the country in 2020. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), representing North American recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in the U.S. increased last year by an estimated 12% compared to 2019. More than ...

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NMMA, RBFF + MRAA need input on 2021 retention needs

NMMA Survey

With a surge in new boating and fishing participants in 2020, it is essential to ensure newcomers embrace fishing and boating for years to come. NMMA, RBFF and MRAA have compiled a five-minute survey to help guide and prioritize items for a retention toolkit to support your customer engagement and retention efforts in 2021.  While NMMA, MRAA and RBFF have customer engagement ...

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ABYC’s Virtual & Extended Standards Week launches

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This week the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), kicks off  its 12th annual Standards Week – Virtual & Extended, with various events taking place Jan. 5-28, 2021. ABYC’s virtual events as part of Standards Week include: ABYC’s annual meeting and happy hour, Jan. 5 Sur/Tech 2021, surveyor and technician training, Jan. 6-7Project Technical Committee (PTC) meetings, Jan. 11-22ABYC Standards Certification course, Jan. ...

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International boating industry urges President-Elect to resolve trade issues

boating trade tariffs

NMMA, the European Boating Industry (EBI), and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden congratulating him on his election victory and calling on him to swiftly address trade relations between Europe and the U.S. Following the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, the E.U. responded by levying a 25% retaliatory ...

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BoatUS advocacy accomplishments

BoatUS

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the national advocacy, services and safety group with more than 700,000 members, weighed in on a range of boating issues, debates and legislation affecting recreational boaters in 2020. Here are some of the successes that BoatUS earned over the past year: The Sport Fish Restoration Program Paid for by purchases of fishing ...

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