Seventeen more boat builders are certified

CHICAGO – Seventeen additional boat manufacturers recently became certified under the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Boat/Yacht Certification program, NMMA reported in a release this week.

The following manufacturers recently earned the “NMMA Certified” designation for their respective products:

  • Alerion Express, Portsmouth, R.I.
  • Aloha Pontoons, North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Chaos Boatworks, Hampstead, N.C.
  • Dakota Boats, Stuart, Fla.
  • Escape Watercraft, Ferndale, Wash.
  • Glasstream, Panama City, Fla.
  • Mares Marine, Stuart, Fla.
  • Marine Technology, Wentzville, Mo.
  • Marlin Yachts, North Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Mikelson Yachts, San Diego
  • Navigator Yachts, Perris, Calif.
  • Pegiva, Queensland, Australia
  • Ribcraft, Marblehead, Mass.
  • Sea Hunt, Lexington, S.C.
  • Sonic, Stuart, Fla.
  • True North Yachts, Warren, R.I.
  • Waco, North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Certification is an NMMA membership requirement beginning with all products manufactured for model year 2007. To date, 270 NMMA member manufacturers have become NMMA Certified. An additional 80 manufacturer members are currently undergoing the Certification process.

    “Our manufacturer members are truly committed to this program,” says Robert Newsome, NMMA director, Engineering Standards. “They understand the value to both the industry and consumers, and they’ve fully embraced the certification concept. We applaud our members for showing such dedication to building quality products and making a commitment to do so in the foreseeable future.”

    While all boats in the United States must meet applicable U.S. Coast Guard regulations, boats built by manufacturers participating in the NMMA Certified program must also meet the more comprehensive standards set by the American Boat and Yacht Council.

    Furthermore, to become NMMA Certified, a boat must pass rigorous third-party inspection to ensure they meet and adhere to all applicable standards, as well as maintain an ongoing, formal Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program.

    The NMMA Certification program covers more than 30 categories of standards, which vary by boat type and size and may include: fuel systems; ventilation; passenger and weight capacity; horsepower capacity; flotation; electrical systems; navigation lights; warning label placement and guidelines; and steering systems.

    For additional information on the NMMA Certification program, or to schedule an inspection, contact Newsome at 312/946-6275;

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