Trade Associations

Coast Guard Foundation activates disaster relief and response program

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced it has activated its disaster relief and response program to provide critical resources to Coast Guard members impacted by Hurricane Ida.  Hurricane Ida left utter devastation in her wake, and thousands of Coast Guard members and their families ...

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Washington State Marine Excise Tax reflects industry input

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Last week, the Washington State Department of Revenue held a hearing to finalize the watercraft excise tax depreciation schedule. The Department of Revenue proposed a final rule which reflected input from stakeholders in the marine industry and placed less of a financial burden on boat owners than the originally proposed excise tax schedule. In June, MRAA joined regional and national ...

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Engage Labor Day boat shoppers with ‘Get On Board’ campaign

Just in time for those Labor Day weekend holiday boat shoppers, the NMMA is urging everyone to connect with customers with the free industry-wide “Get On Board” campaign assets. A toolkit of images, social media posts, digital ads and videos are available at your fingertips to promote recreational boating and fishing. Get in on the action and share content on social channels ...

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2021 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show merges with 2022 St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show

Informa Markets and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced the merger of the Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show with the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show. The Tampa Boat Show, owned by the NMMA and managed by Informa Markets, was scheduled to take place September 10-12, 2021, and will now be held in conjunction with the 2022 St. Petersburg ...

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BoatUS magazine names Top 10 boating towns

The editors of BoatUS Magazine make an attempt at naming the Top 10 Boating Towns in the current issue. The piece looks at how the pandemic has led some to seek out more robust boating lifestyles. Included are compelling locations across the country that check the right boxes for boat-owning families, young professionals and retirees. The feature takes into account ...

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50th Newport International Boat Show offers family fun

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Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced a number of pre-show promotions and events as part of the show’s 50th Anniversary, which kicks-off September 16 – 19, 2021, in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport International Boat Show is committed to producing an event that ensures the safety and well-being of its exhibitors, attendees, staff, and the entire community. ...

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RBFF program gets boats back on the water

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) has concluded its 2021 Boat Registration Reactivation Program having mailed over 436,000 letters to lapsed boat registrants and averaging a 10.11% response rate across 17 states. In its tenth year, the program re-registered 39,278 boats through direct mail outreach, grossing $1,491,754.90 in program registration fees for states.  "After tremendous gains in boating participation and ownership last year, it was critical ...

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Sea Tow Foundation issues entry call for 2021 National Boating Industry Safety Awards

The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its newly rebranded Boating Safety Advisory Council (formerly North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council) has issued the official call for entry for its 2021 “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.” Now in its third year, the contest features 10 categories of entry, all of which recognize top boating safety programs and campaigns within the ...

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Boating groups beat back proposed 250% registration fee hike in California

California’s recreational boaters could have been in for a shock with a proposed 250% recreational vessel registration fee increase being discussed among Golden State legislators. However, a coalition of boating groups led by Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) successfully eliminated the fee increase from the state’s recently announced budget proposal. At ...

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IBEX early bird pricing ends Friday

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Early bird registration for the 2021 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference ends this Friday, August 27.  Register today to join the thousands of industry professionals in Tampa, FL Sept. 28-30, 2021 for North America’s cornerstone marine trade event. IBEX 2021 features: Renowned IBEX Education Conference including Pre-Conference Sessions Sept. 26-27, IBEX Seminar Series, and IBEX Tech Talks Sept. 28-292021 Leadership SummitOpening ...

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