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NMMA reports momentum heading into 2023

NMMA National Marine Manufacturers Association

The start of a new year brings the beginning of boat show season for the $170 billion U.S. recreational boating industry and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which represents 85 percent of the country’s recreational boat, marine engine and accessory manufacturers. The recreational boating industry is preparing to welcome an estimated two million Americans to dozens of boat shows between January ...

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Massachusetts creates Office of Outdoor Recreation

Massachusetts became the 18th state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation – drawing praise from Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and bolstering the ability of the nation’s $862 billion outdoor recreation economy to grow even more. Massachusetts’ Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito welcomed an enthusiastic audience full of recreation and conservation advocates to celebrate the new office, which will be housed ...

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Government data reports outdoor recreation industry generates record numbers

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has released economic data for 2021 showing the outdoor recreation industry's impact on the U.S. economy. Outdoor recreation generates $862 billion in economic output and 4.5 million jobs. This is the fifth consecutive year that BEA has released government data on this industry sector. Key highlights from the 2021 data on the ...

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IBEX to host online Industry Breakfast, Innovation Awards Experience

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The annual Industry Breakfast typically kicks off the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) but due to IBEX's cancellation this year due to Hurricane Ian, the Industry Breakfast program has been transitioned to an online event. This all-industry online event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. ET.The agenda includes: Opening Welcome by Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show ...

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NMMA reports new boat sales levels are down through July

The NMMA reports new powerboat sales year-to-date were at 187,000 units through July, down 18% from the same period in 2021. While overall new powerboat sales decreased 11% compared to January through July in  pre-pandemic 2019, several categories continue to outpace pre-pandemic YTD sales levels, including new pontoons, wake sport boats and yachts.“In the first seven months of the year, ...

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Industry stakeholders submit comment to NOAA over vessel speed rule

NMMA National Marine Manufacturers Association

The organizations representing recreational fishing and boating in the United States this week urged the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to pause its proposed North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule, citing numerous significant flaws with the proposal. The proposed rule would broaden the current 10-knot (11.5 mph) speed restriction to include vessels 35 feet and larger (down from 65 ...

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Hurricane Ian brings IBEX 2022 cancellation

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that based on the weather reports from NOAA and consultation with the City of Tampa, Tampa Convention Center, and other stakeholders, the cancellation of this year’s show.“It is a very difficult decision to cancel IBEX 2022, as we were on track to have an excellent event,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The entire ...

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IBEX 2022 announces new networking events

IBEX 2022, set for Sept. 27-29 in Tampa, Fla., features networking opportunities and special events, including new opportunities to connect marine industry professionals. New for 2022, on Wednesday, September 28, the Emerging Marine Leaders (EMLs) will present the Strengthening Leadership through Brand Development and Networking session, hosted by Boating Industry. Attendees can connect, learn, and share by joining EMLs and industry ...

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IBEX 2022 will highlight marine electrification

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has announced that it will highlight advances in electrification technology through the addition of new education and product components to the Show, to be held September 27-29, 2022, at the Tampa Convention Center.   Electrification and next generation propulsion will be discussed in eight IBEX sessions, including the Pre-Conference Session SNAME Presents Design ...

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Embracing sustainability

Manufacturers By Adam Quandt Sustainability is certainly not a new notion to our world; however, the idea of sustainability and operating business sustainably has gained more and more momentum over the last few years, especially as we look at the recreational boating industry of both today and the future. “Innovation is alive and well in the recreational boating community. We’re ...

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