Tag Archives: COVID-19 and the boating industry

Norwalk Boat Show returns to Norwalk Cove Marina

Norwalk Boat Show

After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are underway to welcome visitors to Norwalk Cove Marina for the 45th Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show September 23-26, 2021. “We took this year as an opportunity to evaluate all aspects of the boat show and are in the planning stages to enhance the experience for our exhibitors and attendees in ...

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NMMA says inventory levels still 20% – 60% below normal

wholesale boat shipments

The NMMA says current inventory levels are still tracking 20%-60% below normal for the domestic recreational boating industry. 2020 was both a historic year for retail boat sales and a disruptive year for boat builders working to meet the heightened demand and replenish record low inventories amid challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to NMMA’s latest Monthly Shipment Report, wholesale shipments of new ...

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Record year for Canadian outboard retail sales

Canadian outboard sales

2020 was a record-breaking year in Canada for outboard engine retail sales as Canadians took to the water in unprecedented numbers, according to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada. Outboard engine retail sales in 2020 reached a total of 44,000 units, up 17% over 2019, marking both the highest annual sales volume and largest annual growth rate ...

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Open Letter to President Biden

Bill Yeargin Correct Craft CEO

By Bill Yeargin Dear President Biden, You have a tough job and get a lot of advice. I hope you don’t mind me sharing some thoughts: COVID-19 – I know this is your Administration’s top priority, but I want to encourage you to do all you can to get the vaccines distributed. We are all ready to get back to ...

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boot Düsseldorf 2021 canceled due to COVID

boot Dusseldorf cancelled due to COVID

Messe Düsseldorf decided to cancel boot Düsseldorf 2021, the world’s leading international water sports trade fair, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the associated worldwide lockdown measures. The next boot will be held according to its regular cycle from January 22 – 30, 2022 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. Under the given circumstances, an implementation at the planned ...

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Record month for new powerboat retail sales

October record month for detail boat sales

The NMMA reports October was a historic month for new powerboat retail sales. Data shows new powerboat sales gained momentum in October, up 18% compared to September, and up 30% year-over-year (YOY) on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Year-to-date (YTD) through October, more than 291,000 new powerboats were sold, surpassing cumulative sales for 2019. Early indicators show 2020 new powerboat retail sales are ...

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Brunswick earns Community Support Initiative award

Brunswick was one of two companies to win the Community Support Initiative Boat Builders Award during the 2020 virtual METSTRADE Show. The Community Support Initiative represents a new 2020 category established in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Brunswick and its employees were recognized for demonstrating great social awareness by channeling resources, expertise and manufacturing capabilities to aid the communities in ...

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Expect the Unexpected

Bill Yeargin Correct Craft CEO

By Bill Yeargin Despite many of us having an inclination toward hindsight bias, which is believing we saw things coming when we actually didn’t, I haven’t spoken to one person who claims to have predicted the events of 2020. We have lived through a pandemic, social unrest, an economy that is struggling and a crazy election; as I have often ...

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State by State advocacy – August 2020 Northeast Recap

NMMA Advocacy Series

With August 2020 drawing to a close, NMMA is providing its monthly recap of advocacy activity at the state level. First up is the Northeast region, followed by updates from the West, South and Midwest/Great Lakes regions in the days ahead. Business Liability: As businesses deal with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, outdated business liability rules have come to ...

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Discover Boating sees record web traffic

Discover Boating sees record web traffic

DiscoverBoating.com saw a 58% increase in total website visitors in July compared to the same period last year, which is a continued trend building upon the successes reported in May and June. In July, boating continued to be top of mind for many consumers as they searched for outdoor recreation options that naturally allow social distancing. The increased website traffic signals boating interest remains ...

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