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Marine CEOs more optimistic

Marine CEOs optimistic

NMMA’s Q2 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturing businesses, shows marine CEO sentiment has improved considerably since the onset of the pandemic. “Marine CEO sentiment was much more optimistic in Q2, returning to levels pre-pandemic, bolstered by record new boat sales this summer,” said ...

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America’s Boating Club announces in-home learning

America's Boating Club

The United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club is now offering an online boating safety course that allows students to proceed at their own pace.  America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition, is available online in English and Spanish. They also offer a number of online seminars such as AIS Electronics for Boaters; How to Use Your GPS; Planning Your Cruise; Weather for Boaters; All About Marine Radio; Rivers, Locks and ...

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Discover Boating partnership drives a million views

Us The Duo partners with Discover Boating

As part of the ‘Get On Board’ campaign, Discover Boating partnered with Us The Duo, the well-known, LA-based musical sensations with more than 7.6 million social followers. The influential husband-and-wife duo not only starred in the Get On Board video launched in conjunction with Take Me Fishing, but they also generated more than 1 million video views in one week. Us The Duo created long-form, ...

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IBEX Online announces education conference

IBEX Online logo

Details of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) 2020 Education Conference, being held virtually September 29 – October 2, 2020, are now available.  IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience is a free trade event designed to allow the industry to come together in a safe and productive environment. The 2020 IBEX Education Conference offers a range of sessions providing fundamental skills ...

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New WSIA ‘Wake Responsibly’ signs available

WSIA Wake Responsibly

The Water Sports Industry Association is providing recreational boating industry businesses new, free aluminum Wake Responsibly signs. If you're interested in obtaining one or several, please email info@wsia.net with your request. The original Wake Responsibly signs, handouts and downloads are also still available. Click here for downloadable links.

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Dealer Week 2020 moves online

MRAA logo

Dealer Week, the annual conference and expo of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), is moving online in 2020. The event will take place, as scheduled, Dec. 8-11, 2020, on the device of your choice, with a preview event slated for October and a series of educational webinars taking place, beginning in mid-September, available to all registered attendees.  ...

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Fishing participation increases among women and minorities

women fishing

Recreational fishing has reached new diversity milestones, according to a new industry study from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The 2020 Special Report on Fishing found that: 3.7 million African Americans participate in fishing, an increase of nearly 1 million over the last 10 years.Hispanic Americans are participating at a new record of 4.4 million participants.Women are also participating at an all-time ...

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New Jersey Governor proposes boat sales tax increase

New Jersey Govenor Murphy

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proposed repealing the sales tax reduction and the sales tax cap on all boat sales in the state. Additionally, Senator Vin Gopal introduced Senate Bill 2847, which would repeal both as well. NMMA strongly opposes both efforts and is actively working with recreational boating industry stakeholders to prevent the measures from becoming law. In 2015, ...

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2020 USA Waterski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships announced

USA Waterski and Wake Sports Foundation

In the wake of the recent 2020 national water ski championships held in Zachary, LA, the latest recipients of the USA Waterski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships have been announced.   Since 1968, the USA Waterski & Wake Sports Foundation has awarded scholarships to young athletes, honoring on-water performance and involvement in towed water sports.   With a defining mission ...

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Sea Tow Foundation announces 2020 National Boating Industry Safety Awards

The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, announced the official call for entry for its “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.” The 2020 contest features an enhanced series of categories which recognize top boating safety programs and campaigns within the for-profit segment of the recreational marine industry. This year’s event includes 11 categories of ...

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