Trade Associations

ABYC names new certification manager

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced that Casey Bates has been promoted to the position of certification manager. Bates will manage ABYC’s technician certification program, as well as schedule classes and testing. “Casey has been with ABYC for 14 years, starting as an intern, and it great to see her move into a leadership position,” said David Broadbent, ...

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Registration opens for IBEX Online

IBEX Online registration opens

Registration is now open for International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), being held virtually September 29 – October 2, 2020. IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience is a free trade event designed to allow the industry to come together in a safe and productive environment. “Visitor registration for our first-ever virtual event is now open,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. ...

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Coast Guard Foundation activates disaster relief program

Coast Guard Foundation disaster relief

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, the activation of its disaster relief grant program to assist Coast Guard members impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Laura. The activation is a result of reports from Louisiana and Texas that Coast Guard members living in affected areas ...

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Registration is open for final Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! event

Ladies Let's Go Fishing

Aspiring anglers can learn, practice skills and go fishing at the award-winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University, Oct. 23-25 in the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the “No-Yelling School of Fishing” offers classroom presentations, two networking events, hands-on skill practice and optional charter boat fishing. Classes will be held at ...

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NMMA presents to Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force

Earlier this year, Minnesota created an Outdoor Recreation Task Force under the joint direction of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota. The Task Force is charged with developing a set of recommendations for the Minnesota DNR and Explore Minnesota on how to more effectively coordinate and advance outdoor recreation work statewide. Members of the Task Force represent a broad ...

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MRAA adds three new team members

MRAA logo

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has hired three new employees in Education Specialist Cecelia Pallotto, Content Manager Jerrod Kelley and Membership Manager Sherri Cuvala. “We are thrilled to welcome Sherri, Cecelia and Jerrod to our MRAA team and to bolster all of the great resources we create and contribute to this great industry of ours,” says Matt Gruhn, ...

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Discover Boating’s Influencer Program attracts new audiences

Discover Boating sees record web traffic

Discover Boating's social media influencer program – which kicked off in June to bring awareness to boating – continues generating conversations among new, younger audiences and creating interactions around boating this summer when close-to-home outdoor recreation is in high demand. In fact, the amount of interactions garnered to date – 650,000 engagements (likes, comments, shares, views) – far surpassed the ...

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State by State advocacy – August 2020 Northeast Recap

NMMA Advocacy Series

With August 2020 drawing to a close, NMMA is providing its monthly recap of advocacy activity at the state level. First up is the Northeast region, followed by updates from the West, South and Midwest/Great Lakes regions in the days ahead. Business Liability: As businesses deal with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, outdated business liability rules have come to ...

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New boat sales continue to climb

NMMA releases revised boat show scheduleontinue to climb

New data from the NMMA shows June was another strong month for new power boat retail sales, up 6% on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to the previous record month in May. Compared to the same time period last year, new powerboat retail sales were up 5% through June.  “115,000 new power boats were sold in May and June alone - a ...

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Discover Boating sees record web traffic

Discover Boating sees record web traffic

DiscoverBoating.com saw a 58% increase in total website visitors in July compared to the same period last year, which is a continued trend building upon the successes reported in May and June. In July, boating continued to be top of mind for many consumers as they searched for outdoor recreation options that naturally allow social distancing. The increased website traffic signals boating interest remains ...

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