Trade Associations

Senate poised to pass Great American Outdoors Act

The U.S. Senate will vote on the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act when the body returns to Washington, D.C. in June. NMMA said it is a strong supporter of the measure, which provides mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the national park maintenance backlog. “The Great American Outdoors Act strikes the critical balance of ...

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Sea Tow Foundation appoints new Sober Skipper council members

The Sea Tow Foundation has appointed seven new marine industry stakeholders to serve on its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council which was established in 2019. This new slate joins a dozen inaugural council members and will collaborate on a variety of strategies and tactics to promote greater awareness and adoption of boating safety initiatives and messages both within the ...

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Discover Boating Canada launches new site to navigate COVID

With news of Canada’s pleasure boating restrictions being lifted and the season ramping up, DiscoverBoating.ca has launched two new pages to help Canadian boaters find the latest information on enjoying boating while navigating COVID-19 guidelines.  Boating During COVID-19 features guidelines set by Transport Canada and includes helpful, printable infographics for NMMA Canada members to use in their businesses and share with ...

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MIASF, Informa release FLIBS economic impact results

Following the 60th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), held October 30th through November 3rd, 2019, Thomas J. Murray and Associates, Inc. conducted a study on the economic impact of the world’s largest in-water boat show. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), owners of the show, and Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows, producers of the show, released ...

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2020 NMEA Conference and Expo shifts to virtual event

The NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) has made the decision to hold the previously scheduled 2020 NMEA Conference and Expo as a virtual, online training event, due to health considerations and future uncertainty around travel and large gathering restrictions due to COVID-19. This virtual training event will be held September 22 - 24, 2020. "Safety of our members and getting ...

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Sea Tow Foundation adds 87 new life jacket stations

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – announced that it has partnered with an additional 87 organizations and agencies to add new or restock existing Life Jacket Loaner Stations for the 2020 Summer boating season. With more than 650 Life Jacket Loaner Stations already located throughout the United States, the Sea Tow ...

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NMMA releases COVID-19 state tracking resource

NMMA releases new COVID-19 boating resource

As states across the country continue to reopen their economies, many states have outlined phased plans for businesses to protect the health of workers and citizens. In response, NMMA is releasing a new state tracking document, which serves as a quick guide to these reopening plans, benchmarks and task forces. This new resource will be updated regularly and will include ...

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Coast Guard Foundation announces 2020 grants and scholarships

Coast Guard Foundation spouse grant

The Coast Guard Foundation announced today they distributed 265 awards grants and scholarships representing a total of $147,500 to Coast Guard spouses who are enrolled in professional certification and degree-seeking programs. Through the generosity of Delta Dental, the Foundation awarded $2,000 scholarships to 10 Coast Guard spouses enrolled in dental and healthcare programs. “With the help of the Coast Guard ...

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Newport International Boat Show teams with C. Thomas Clagett Regatta

Newport International Boat Show logo

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta is the official Charitable Partner of the 2020 boat show. “Each year, we select a non-profit organization that is associated with boating as a part of our annual giving program,” said Nancy Piffard, show director of Newport Exhibition ...

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ABC event materials now online

ABC 2020 wraps

With a record-breaking number of attendees, excellent lineup of speakers and discussions, and one of the highest levels of grassroots engagement, the virtual 2020 American Boating Congress has been deemed a success by NMMA and its partners. To ensure all industry stakeholders have access to ABC 2020 materials, NMMA has posted the items on its website. All ABC 2020 resources, ...

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