Trade Associations

NATDA opens registration for products display at 2020 show

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) has announced the opening of registration for the 2020 edition of the New Product Display to vendors exhibiting at the 2020 NATDA Trailer Show. The display, located in the Dealers Lounge during the annual show, is the main hub for the newest accessories and innovations in the trailer industry. This year, the display ...

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Discover Boating launches interactive COVID-19 access map

Discover Boating has launched an interactive map to help boaters get on the water during the COVID-19 pandemic. With boating access restrictions varying between states and changing daily, the new tool allows boaters to easily determine the status of their go-to waterways and access points. To see the latest status of public water access points, boat landings, and ramps, simply ...

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IBEX COVID-19 update

IBEX 2020

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced they are optimistic the 2020 show will open as planned on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Show organizers report they are closely monitoring Florida’s Three Phases of Re-Opening Guidelines and the state’s progress, as well as working with the Tampa Convention Center and Visit Tampa Bay to develop health and safety protocols to ...

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MRAA, MTAs publish boat dealer guide to operating safely

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, along with trade association partners from across the marine industry, released a 58-page publication aimed at helping boat businesses operate safely in a new marketplace concerned with the COVID-19 health crisis. The publication, titled “Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely,” provides a manual for running an organization that is safe for employees, ...

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Maryland lifts restriction on boating access

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that his administration is lifting restrictions on motorized boating starting today at 7:00 a.m. ET. In response, NMMA applauded the decision, calling the move a responsible approach to balancing the need for social distancing with access to outdoor recreation. Leading up to the announcement, more than 1,000 Boating United advocates contacted Governor Hogan in ...

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Labor Secretary Scalia confirmed for ABC 2020

NMMA announced that United States Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia will deliver remarks to kick off day two (Thursday, May 14) of the virtual 2020 American Boating Congress (ABC). If you have not registered yet, there is still time – click here to sign up for ABC 2020. The virtual ABC will be held on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May ...

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Outdoor industry urges Congressional action, support

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) recently released a letter signed by 29 national outdoor recreation trade associations, supporting over 100,000 businesses, urging Congress to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). This legislation would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the nation’s public lands maintenance backlog in order to support rural communities and rescue the outdoor ...

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ABYC Foundation awards scholarships for future techs

The American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation (ABYC Foundation) recently announced the awarding of several student scholarships, with financial assistance of the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation, including the following:  Five outstanding students received scholarships or tool stipends to help continue their studies at Ft. Myers Technical College in Florida. Nine students benefited from the scholarship fund at the NC Marine ...

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Coast Guard Foundation supports COVID-19 quarantine spaces

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and well-being of all Coast Guard members and their families, has supported quarantine spaces at Coast Guard units across the country – completing 118 spaces in all – to assist the service with sustaining maximum personnel flexibility and mission readiness. Like the rest of the nation, Coast Guard members ...

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MIASF announces service tech apprenticeship program news

Jonathan Lowell

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and Atlantic Technical College (ATC) have selected Jonathan Lowell, founder of Iguana Marine, as the instructor for the first yacht service technician apprenticeship program in Florida. The two-year program, which will be administered online for the time being, gives apprentices a basic set of shipyard skills to jump start a career in ...

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