Trade Associations

NMMA seeks input for advocacy focus in 2021

NMMA is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s third annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2021 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. Direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust and effective. More than 1,000 industry representatives have participated in the ...

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NMEA/RTCM conference moves to Anaheim for 2021

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) have agreed to hold their 2021 international convention together at the Anaheim Sheraton Park Hotel on Sept. 20 – 24, 2021. The exposition portion of the event will be held Sept. 21 and 22.  The combined 2021 NMEA/RTCM Conference & Expo will be the largest ...

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Consumers call current E15 labeling ineffective

E15 warning label

The results of a new national poll initiated by a group of organizations representing manufacturers, retailers, and consumers of non-road engine equipment and products reveals the vast majority of consumers find current E15 labeling at gas pumps to be ineffective in communicating the dangers of this type of fuel for usage in small engines like those in boats, off road ...

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West Marine kicks off “Month of Giving”

On December 1, also known as Giving Tuesday, West Marine will kick off its annual “Month of Giving” to support its nonprofit, BlueFuture.  West Marine created BlueFuture to provide ongoing grant support to nonprofit, community-based organizations that promote waterlife adventure, education and recreation for young people across the nation. Customers can make donations both online and in-person at all West ...

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ABYC Foundation announces Educator of the Year

ABYC Foundation Educator of the Year

The ABYC Foundation is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2020 Educator of the Year winner Stephen Spencer from Palm Beach State College (PBSC) in Lake Worth, Florida. Runners-up include Ryan Ramsey from Impact Institute in Kendallville, Indiana, and Maurice Marchand from H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The ABYC Foundation’s Educator of the Year award ...

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METSTRADE Connect 2020 takes place December 10

METSTRADE Connect 2020

Although the physical METSTRADE 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Amsterdam RAI, organizers of the event, are inviting the industry to participate in METSTRADE Connect 2020. The event will take place December 10, and offers an entirely new platform that will connect the leisure marine industry and enable professionals to meet new people, check out presentations and discuss industry ...

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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation welcomes new board members

Guy Harvey names new board members

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a non-profit supporting groundbreaking research and helping foster the next generation of ocean conservationists, has announced the appointment of the following new board members: Jessica Harvey (pictured) is project manager for the GHOF. Daughter of founder and chairman of the GHOF, Dr. Guy Harvey, Jessica’s love of the environment fueled her passion to pursue a ...

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Boat manufacturing momentum slows in September

NMMA sales chart

The NMMA reports new boat manufacturing activity in September pulled back for the second consecutive month following a summer of elevated growth, according to its latest Monthly Shipment Report (MSR). However, the NMMA expects shipments to rebound as new parts are delivered to fulfill the demand for new boats.  “While September saw slowdowns in wholesale boat shipments, more than 90,000 boats - ...

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MarineMax and Boston Whaler announce Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation partnership

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

MarineMax and Boston Whaler have announced a partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF). MarineMax Director of Marketing, Abbey Heimensen, says, "We are very excited to share that MarineMax and Boston Whaler have partnered with Guy Harvey! Through this collaboration, we will be able to share the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation message with our customers and introduce their audience to MarineMax and ...

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Sea Tow presents 2020 awards during annual meeting

Sea Tow Foundation

Sea Tow Services International has recognized and presented awards to several of its captains for lifesaving efforts, outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety. The recipients were notified of the awards during the company’s annual meeting, which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19. During the event, Sea Tow’s leadership presented awards meant to honor captains’ outstanding dedication ...

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