Trade Associations

Boat safely this summer with the help of America’s Boating Compass

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America’s Boating Club announced the launch of its new monthly newsletter, a resource for new boaters and those getting back into boating – America’s Boating Compass. Launched time for National Safe Boating Week, America’s Boating Compass inaugural issue includes articles on preparing a boat for hurricane season, operating a marine radio and choosing the proper life jacket. Each monthly issue ...

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ABC 2020 wraps with focus on recovery

ABC 2020 wraps

NMMA wrapped up a successful virtual 2020 American Boating Congress (ABC) Thursday with a full slate of presentations from several Trump administration officials, political strategists and an economist. Hundreds of participants joined the virtual event again for its second day of programming, where panelists discussed the economic and political landscape amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The afternoon panel session ...

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ABC 2020 in full swing online

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2020 virtual American Boating Congress (ABC) event where, despite not being able to meet in person, over 800 participants from across the country attended to learn about NMMA’s advocacy efforts to protect the boating industry during the current COVID-19 crisis. The programming – which was covered by Beltway media – included a variety ...

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Palm Beach International Boat Show kicks off today, online

The Palm Beach International Boat Show -- which saw 53,000 visitors last year and had a statewide economic impact of $682.7 million -- was forced to “come about” and move to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a sign of unity among the West Palm Beach marine community, Palm Beach County safe harbor marinas, local law enforcement boats, towing ...

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National Safe Boating Week carries extra message for 2020

National Safe Boating Week, which begins this Saturday, May 16, and runs through Friday, May 22, is the traditional early boating season reminder to help recreational boaters embrace safety all season long. However, the important National Safe Boating Week recommendation urging life jacket wear is now joined by an equally important boating safety message — how to stay safe during ...

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Northwest Marine Trade Association launches safe boating website

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) has launched a new website — Open For Boating — to help Northwest boaters find the latest information about boating and fishing during COVID-19 restrictions. Governor Inslee announced a partial reopening of outdoor recreation on May 5, 2020, but there are many restrictions and guidelines boaters need to be aware of. Open For Boating is aimed ...

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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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