Trade Associations

Sea Tow Foundation accepting Life Jacket Loaner Station applications

The Sea Tow Foundation – a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of safe boating practices – has announced that those passionate about boating and saving lives through life jacket use, can apply to host a loaner station, or restock one in their community. As part of a grant administered through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust ...

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Chris-Craft’s Steve Heese elected NMMA Board Chair

Steve Heese named NMMA Board Chair

NMMA announced elections to its Board of Directors as well as its three Divisional Boards. Steve Heese, President of Chris-Craft Corporation, has been elected Chairperson of the NMMA Board, which was previously held by Ben Speciale, President of Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business Unit.Officer elections on the NMMA Board of Directors include: Vice Chair: Ned Trigg, Executive VP of Dometic MarineTreasurer: Ron ...

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Nominations sought for 2021 Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Alan J. Freedman Award.  Recipients of the NMMA Freedman Award are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity, and personal motivation.  The following are categories for consideration: Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturerMarine representativeMember of marine-focused mediaBoat dealerMarine distributorMarine trade association staff person To nominate an individual, please ...

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ABYC mourns passing of E. Charles Game

E. Charlie Game passes

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is mourning the loss of industry veteran Ernest Charles “Charlie” Game II, who passed Nov. 7, 2020. Game began his career working for Alcoa Aluminum and later as director of product reliability and standards for Hatteras Yachts. In 1994, he started E.C. Game Engineering as owner and president. He was a registered professional ...

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ITR Economics boat production forecast improves

Boat manufacturing increases

In the latest Forecast on U.S. Boat Building Production from ITR Economics, growth in boat building production is expected to be constrained through 2020 and into the first quarter of 2021, turn up in mid-2021, and hold steady through 2023.  The latest ITR Forecast for boat building was upwardly revised compared to the July report, following data from the Federal Reserve ...

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NMMA provides update on 2020 election

While the results of the 2020 elections are coming into focus, a handful of races remain too close to call as of this morning. To breakdown the results and how they will impact the recreational boating industry, NMMA is hosting a webinar on Monday, November 16 at 1 p.m. ET for all stakeholders. According to several media outlets, Joe Biden ...

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NMEA releases latest protocol, OneNet Standard

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released its latest protocol, the NMEA OneNet Standard, Version 1.000. This is an open industry standard based on Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) and the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Local Area Network. The standard brings together years of committee efforts and is designed for standardized IP networking of marine electronic devices on and off ...

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Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT 2020 launching soon

Boating Industry Elevate Summit 2020

ELEVATE SUMMIT is where top marine industry visionaries and emerging leaders convene over strategic content to connect, collaborate, cultivate and celebrate. And hundreds of people from across the industry are already registered to attend the free, one-day, virtual event taking place on Tuesday, November 17, beginning at 8:30 am CST. “We have a full day of compelling content, proprietary industry ...

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NMMA wants your boating access input

Boat launch ramp

With the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act this summer, the outdoor recreation community has an unprecedented opportunity to help identify boating access projects in need of funding. In partnership with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, NMMA has created a survey to capture stakeholder’s feedback on projects that would benefit their business, recreation activity, or community – click here to take the project ...

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Miami Yacht Show also announces postponement

Miami Yacht Show

Following the recent announcement from the NMMA that the Miami International Boat Show will not be held in February 2021, Informa Markets also postponed the Miami Yacht Show, which was due to run concurrently with MIBS. “This is the first time in our 33-year history we have been faced with circumstances that have caused us to reschedule the Miami Yacht ...

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