Trade Associations

NASBLA requesting input for water management survey

NASBLA asks for water management input

The National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is requesting stakeholder input to update A Guide for Multiple-Use Waterway Management, Second Edition. The Second Edition was published in 2004 and waterway managers have seen great changes and growth of multiple forms of recreational boating in that time. The Third Edition update will include a website with compilation of online resources for ...

Read More »

May sets records in growth for new boat sales

The NMMA reports new boat sales rebounded sharply in May, up 59% compared to April, and up 9% from pre-pandemic levels on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Total sales in May were the highest they’ve been in a decade with upticks across all segments. Leading the growth were PWCs, saltwater fishing boats, and jet boats, which account for 41% of new boat ...

Read More »

RBFF announces findings of 2020 Special Report on Fishing

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the findings of the 2020 Special Report on Fishing, noting participation is still on the rise. The Outdoor Foundation and RBFF-produced report, now in its 10th year, provides insights into demographics, the “leaky bucket,” perceptions of fishing and more. “Thanks to the strong improvements in recruitment and reactivation, fishing participation is up again ...

Read More »

NMMA president featured in FOX Business

NMMA president, Frank Hugelmeyer recently penned an opinion piece in FOX Business highlighting why recreational boating is the perfect activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  “As springtime came to a close, fears of a ‘lost summer’ echoed throughout the country,” wrote Hugelmeyer. “Thankfully, our natural resources are wide open for the recreational activities that have long been a hallmark of the ...

Read More »

Discover Boating partners with social media influencers for promotion

As part of the “Get on Board” campaign, Discover Boating is working with social media influencers to inspire new audiences to enjoy boating and fishing this summer when close-to-home outdoor recreation is in high demand. To date eight out of 11 influencer partners have sparked nearly half a million meaningful engagements (likes, comments, shares, clicks, views, etc.) bringing awareness to ...

Read More »

Sea Tow Foundation awarded funding for Flare Disposal Program

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – was recently awarded a new grant from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund starting this month to conduct a Flare Disposal Program. Flares expire after 42 months and must be replaced to meet the USCG’s ...

Read More »

Bill proposed to boost American manufacturing

Senator Gary Peters introduces manufacturing bill

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced legislation that would establish an independent federal institute — the National Institute of Manufacturing (NIM) — to serve as the hub for federal manufacturing programs that would be led by a Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) responsible for creating and implementing a National Strategic Plan for Manufacturing across the executive branch. The National Institute of Manufacturing ...

Read More »

Outdoor businesses push for Great American Outdoors Act

Outdoors Recreation Act

More than 100 outdoor businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to mom and pop shops, including specialty retailers, apparel, gear and vehicle manufacturers, outfitters and guides, campground and marina operators, and more sent a letter to House leadership urging swift passage of the landmark, bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act. It passed the Senate on June 17, and is aimed at stimulating the outdoor recreation industry, made up ...

Read More »

BoatUS says separation isn’t just about safe distancing

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to more recreational boats and paddlers hitting the water, all trying to have fun in a safe way. So what are these two groups doing this season to safely share more crowded waters? “Ultimately, it’s about looking out for each other,” says BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. The nonprofit boating safety and clean water arm of BoatUS shares ...

Read More »

Tampa Boat Show canceled

Tampa Boat Show

With COVID-19 cases increasing around the country, particularly in the Tampa area, NMMA has canceled this year’s Progressive® Insurance Tampa Boat Show at the Tampa Convention Center, which was scheduled to be held from September 11-13, 2020.  "While we remained hopeful that the show would proceed amid the evolving coronavirus situation, we believe this is the most prudent course of action to ...

Read More »