Trade Associations

Miami and Boston boat shows welcome attendees

Two of the recreational boating industry’s largest consumer boating events kick off today and run through Sunday – the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show and Discover Boating New England Boat Show. Showcasing thousands of the newest and best in boats and marine innovations, the annual boat shows are expected to draw tens of thousands of boaters and new customers from around the ...

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RINA and ABB sign MoU for shipping

RINA, the international classification society, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB. The MoU focuses on establishing a collaborative relationship with the aim to develop new concepts to reduce emissions in shipping for various vessel types. The collaboration will include the development of commercially viable solutions, including fuel cell systems with carbon capture, to move ...

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Kicking off and catching up at MIBS

This week, MIBS - one of the largest boat shows in the world - kicked off down in Miami, Fla. “The opening day of the 2023 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show was an incredible success,” commented Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Market, in a recent press release. “Our team is looking forward to providing an ...

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2023 AMI Conference wraps with record success

Aerial view of the 2023 AMI Conference show floor.

The 2023 AMI Conference & Expo concluded Feb. 1 after surpassing expectations for participation in this year’s event — almost 1,100 attendees. In addition to the exceptional attendance, organizers say there was great energy, excitement and participant involvement evident on the event’s exhibit floor, at the pre-conference workshops, and during the marina study tour. The last day of the conference ...

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NMMA names Congressional Boating Caucus Co-Chairs for 118th Congress

Newest members of Boating Caucus

The NMMA announced Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Representative Darren Soto (D-FL) as co-chairs of the Congressional Boating Caucus in the 118th Congress. For over 30 years, the Congressional Boating Caucus has advocated and provided leadership on priority issues for $170 billion recreational boating and fishing industry, the largest contributor to the nation’s ...

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Judges announced for 2023 Miami Innovation Awards

The NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced today the panel of judges set to evaluate product entries for the 2023 Miami Innovation Awards. The 2023 award recipients will be announced during the Industry Breakfast at the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show on Feb. 16 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sunset Ballroom, fourth floor (new location). The Industry Breakfast will ...

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Coast Guard Foundation adds new trustees

Coast Guard Foundation

The Coast Guard Foundation has announced that twelve new trustees joined its board this year, bringing the total number of active trustees and directors to 80. The board is led by Chairman Thomas A. Allegretti. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our latest inductions into our Board of Trustees and Directors,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “These ...

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RBFF awards Vamos A Pescar grants

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the 2023 grantees for its George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund, the eighth round of grants since it launched in 2014. The funding will help 16 programs in eight states bring fishing and boating experiences as well as conservation education to Hispanic families. Over $109,500 in grants were awarded ...

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ABBRA announces successful annual conference

The American Boatbuilders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) has announced the successful completion of its annual conference, held in Daytona Beach, Fla. at the Ocean Center Convention Center. “On behalf of the entire executive team, I want to thank those who attended and participated in this important industry event,” said Chad Morse, ABBRA’s president. “It was an engaging two days of ...

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Halifax International Boat Show wraps up

Halifax boat show crowd

With over 7,000 visitors, The Halifax International Boat Show wrapped up one of its most successful years, running Feb. 2-5.  “Not even an extreme cold warning could keep the boating community from this show” says Scott Sprague, Show Manager. “The Exhibition Centre was full of excitement for the entire 4 days of the event despite some tricky weather.” This year’s show featured some interactive family-friendly ...

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