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NMMA releases November powerboat registrations report

NMMA announced its November New Powerboat Registrations Report showing new powerboat retail unit sales were up 6% on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis and down 1% on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) totaling 275,000 units. “Monthly new powerboat sales picked up during the second half of the year, helping put total sales for 2019 nearly back on par with ...

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NMMA recaps first weekend of 2020 winter boat shows

NMMA concluded its first weekend of the 2020 winter boat show season on Sunday, January 12, attracting more than 62,000 attendees across all shows. While inclement weather impacted attendance in each market, all shows have received early positive reports from exhibitors that the crowds were buying product and strong leads were generated. Though attendance was ahead of 2019 going into ...

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MIBS Innovation Breakfast agenda announced

The NMMA announced the agenda for the 2020 Innovation Breakfast, taking place on Feb. 14 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Miami at a new location—the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, located off the Rickenbacker Causeway, just down the street from the entrance of the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. Presented by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the Innovation Breakfast celebrates the best in ...

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Virginia lawmakers introduce fish conservation bills

Virginia State Senator Lynwood Lewis and State Delegate Ken Plum introduced two bills (SB791/HB1448) that would require the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to manage Atlantic menhaden. In response, NMMA applauded both pieces of legislation, calling the measures critical in the fight to protect forage fish. In December, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued a decision ...

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NMMA announces an easier path to boat sales in Canada

NMMA announced it is entering a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Transport Canada to ease the entry of NMMA Certified boats and yachts for sale into the Canadian marketplace. NMMA certified boat manufacturers will soon be able to provide an NMMA certificate for their certified model alongside an abbreviated Declaration of Conformity (DoC), in lieu of the more comprehensive DoC ...

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Longtime NMMA CMO Carl Blackwell steps down

NMMA today announced that Carl Blackwell, its longtime chief marketing officer and president of Discover Boating, has decided to step down. The move comes as the Discover Boating campaign reaches key milestones and hits its stride in attracting new boaters to the boating lifestyle. The association has tapped Ellen Bradley, NMMA chief communications officer, to lead both marketing and communications. ...

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Senate passes Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

In their first week back in session, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass key legislation to address the growing global marine debris crisis. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (S.1982/H.R.2969) – sponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) – is support by NMMA and would create a federal marine debris foundation, establish a “genius prize” ...

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Advocacy briefing at Chicago Boat Show attracts elected officials

NMMA held its first “Propelling Our Industry Forward” advocacy briefing event at the Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show®, which featured remarks from local elected officials and members of the NMMA team. During the event, NMMA director of federal government relations, Clay Crabtree and NMMA manager of policy and engagement for the Great Lakes region, Jill Sims met ...

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Winter boat show season to kick off this week

The 2020 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, and Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat Show run through Sunday, the first of NMMA’s 16 winter boat and sportshows to kick off a big selling season for NMMA members and the industry nationwide. Yesterday, the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show opened in McCormick Place. In its 90th year, ...

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NMMA says boat sales to remain strong in 2020

NMMA announced today retail unit sales of new powerboats are estimated to have held steady in 2019 at approximately 280,000 units, the second highest total since 2007. The busy winter boat show season kicks off this week across the country and NMMA expects new powerboat sales to be up as much as 2% in 2020. “Sales in 2019 were nearly ...

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