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NMMA presents Charles Chapman Award at MIBS 2020

The NMMA honored Carl Blackwell, the NMMA, and Joe Lewis, Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina, with the 2020 Charles Chapman Award, most notably for their leadership as Grow Boating president and chairman, respectively, dedicating their careers to getting new boaters on the water and helping guide new boaters into boat ownership. The Chapman Award recognizes individuals or groups within ...

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Bill Watters honored with 2020 Alan J. Freedman Award

The NMMA honored Bill Watters, President of Syntec Industries, with the 2020 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation. The award was presented during the annual Miami Boat Show Innovation Breakfast, presented by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.  “Bill Watters has been a ...

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NMMA recognizes 62 manufacturers with Customer Satisfaction Index Awards

The NMMA announced 62 recipients of the 2019 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction. Award recipients were acknowledged during the Innovation Breakfast at the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, presented by West Marine. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honor boat and engine manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better ...

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2020 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow exhibitors report success despite down attendance

The 2020 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow closed its four-day run on Sunday with attendance at 20,833. Heading into the final day of the show, traffic was steady with many exhibitors reporting sales success; however, show attendance netted out 10 percent down from 2019 (23,199), with lighter traffic on Sunday, which was impacted by unseasonably warm weather and the big ...

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NMMA weighs in on restoration plan for Florida Keys

Last week, NMMA submitted comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding its draft environmental impact statement for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), also known as the Restoration Blueprint. The FKNMS is a critical marine habitat and destination for recreational boaters and anglers all over the word, with millions visiting each year. Understanding the significant pressure ...

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Outboard engine sales reach 13-year high

The first section of NMMA’s 2019 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, Outboard Engine Sales Trends report, is now available in the Statistics section of NMMA.org. The Outboard Engine Sales Trends report examines outboard engine retail sales, which increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2019, nearly reaching pre-recession levels with a 13-year high. “We’re seeing the trend in consumer demand for higher ...

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Indiana works toward office of outdoor recreation development

Last week, under the leadership of Indiana State Senator Blake Doriot, the Indiana Senate Natural Resources committee unanimously approved Senate Concurrent Resolution #15, which calls for establishing an Indiana Office of Outdoor Recreation Development. In response, NMMA said it applauded Indiana legislators for recognizing the importance that the outdoor recreation economy has on the Hoosier state. The resolution outlines the priorities ...

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U.S. boat shows draw over 170,000 attendees so far

Over the past two weeks, NMMA has concluded six more boat and sportshows across the country, attracting more than 170,000 people across all shows and reporting positive exhibitor feedback and quality attendees. The Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show concluded Jan. 19, reporting a total attendance of 28,181 down 3% compared to 2019 (28,917). Back to Hall C, after being temporarily moved to ...

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St. Louis Boat and Sportshow opens today

The Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow opens today and runs through Sunday. Highlights of the 2020 event include the new Discover Boating Experience - a Hub for Boaters featuring entertaining seminars, demos and hands-on learning; and the return of show favorites including the Paddle Sports Pool, Hawg Trough featuring daily fishing seminars, the annual Turkey Calling Contest, Progressive Boat Club ...

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NMMA watching ‘Right to Repair’ legislation across the country

To date in 2020, 27 state legislatures have introduced bills that would require manufacturers to release software information to allow independent retailers to repair electronic products. These efforts – commonly referred to as “right to repair” – are opposed by a wide range of stakeholders, including the recreational boating industry, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). "If successful, ...

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