Tag Archives: COVID-19

Dealing with a pandemic and unprecedented demand

By David Gee There are approximately 4,300 recreational boat dealers in the U.S., but the largest 50 of them generate about 30% of the industry’s $12 billion annual revenue, according to Dun & Bradstreet. So let’s call the industry fragmented. Given that starting point, what is it like to run a boat dealership these days? Especially this summer of 2020? ...

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Senators call for outdoor recreation funding

Last week, a dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to the chamber’s leadership urging them to include support for outdoor recreation and public land infrastructure jobs in the next COVID-19 relief package, drawing praise from NMMA. In the letter, the Senators note that more investment is needed in order to bring back jobs lost as outdoor recreation has decreased during the COVID-19 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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IBEX 2020 announces transition to virtual event

IBEX 2020

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), scheduled for September 29 – October 1, 2020, announced today it will transition to a virtual only event allowing the entire marine industry to come together in a new way as an online community. This decision was made to pivot the in-person show to a virtual only event due to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

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Newport International Boat Show cancels 2020 event

Newport Exhibition Group announced that its annual boat show scheduled to take place September 17-20, 2020 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I., has been cancelled. Due to spikes in new cases of COVID-19 across the United States, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, stated that, although Phase III of re-opening would have included no cap on the number ...

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Digital teacher: Workforce training continues despite pandemic

By Adam Quandt From dealers to manufacturers, filling the ranks for the marine industry workforce has been a large issue facing everyone for some time. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the recreational boating industry — especially dealers — is still looking to add skilled technicians to teams across the board. The key component to getting skilled labor into the industry? ...

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Fishing for a pandemic panacea

By David Gee More than 49 million Americans find their way to freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing ever year, but fishing’s popularity has surged since the COVID-19 crisis gripped the country. “Fishing is obviously something you can easily and safely do while social distancing,” says Stephanie Vatalaro, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing ...

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Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay sees record March, April

Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay experienced record high sales this March and April amid COVID-19 pandemic. The boat club ran campaigns focusing on enjoying a “staycation” and exploring your own backyard, while maintaining to follow CDC guidelines.  Starting in March Freedom Boat Club focused on promoting the exploration of your own backyard. With travel plans being cancelled the Tampa ...

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