Trade Associations

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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FLIBS attendance reportedly down only 20%

FLIBS 2020

Representing the first major marine event to take place since April, the 61st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show wrapped up its five-day outdoor show with hundreds of exhibitors and boats on display across nearly 90 acres and six city sites. The show's COVID-19 safety measures included mandatory face coverings and social distancing, a contactless ticketing system, added and expanded ...

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More than 500 dealers registered for Dealer Week

MRAA

Some 530 dealers have already registered for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Dealer Week annual conference. Registrations accelerated rapidly with the announcement that the conference would be held online. “We took a calculated risk this year, making the decision to delay the creation of our educational programming to help us ensure that our courses meet the needs of ...

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NMMA announces 2021 boat show schedule

NMMA Boat Shows

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), representing North American recreational boat, engine, and marine accessory manufacturers, announced today significant modifications to its boat and sport show schedule in the first quarter of 2021. Following a thorough market-by-market analysis regarding the feasibility of producing safe and successful winter events, NMMA is canceling nine shows in the first quarter of 2021 and planning to ...

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RBFF boat registration program continues to bring boats back to the water

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the results of its Boat Registration Reactivation Program. In all, nearly 30,000 boats in 14 states were re-registered as a direct result of this year’s program.While the 2020 edition of the program saw nearly half as many letters sent to four fewer states versus last year – a product of sensitivities around ...

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