Tag Archives: nmma

IBEX Innovation Awards entry deadline nears

IBEX 2021 Innovation Awards

The deadline for entry to the 2021 IBEX Innovation Awards is this Friday, August 13. The awards program will take place during IBEX in Tampa, FL Sept. 28-30 and will honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. Innovation Award entrants and honorees will receive the following:  All product entries will be presented along Innovation Way during IBEX.All products will be featured on ...

Read More »

New powerboat sales remain strong but slowed from April to May

The NMMA reports new boat sales remained healthy through May, according to the latest New Powerboat Registration Report. Data shows retail unit sales of new powerboats were up 24% on a rolling 12-month (R12M) year-over-year (YOY) basis through May, reflecting the continued interest and demand for boating over the past year. Pontoons, wake sport boats, runabouts and cruisers continued to drive ...

Read More »

Boating industry priorities in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

With a final Senate vote expected on the bipartisan infrastructure package in the coming days, NMMA applauds the decision to include funding for essential water and recreation infrastructure needs, many of which have been priorities in the association’s advocacy efforts over the past year. The infrastructure package is nearly $1 trillion, distributed over eight years, with roughly $550 billion in ...

Read More »

NMMA joins business groups in support of bipartisan infrastructure framework

NMMA and more than 120 manufacturing organizations representing businesses across the nation recently sent a letter urging members of Congress to pass President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal. In addition to NMMA, the letter was signed by National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. “A comprehensive and inclusive infrastructure package is critical to ...

Read More »

National media continue to boost boating

NMMA's summer PR efforts continue to make waves in the news, raising awareness about the benefits of boating and shining a spotlight on the U.S. recreational boating industry. Over the weekend, Fox Business did a feature story, First-time boaters lead boat boom, reporting on record demand for boating since the outset of the pandemic and highlighting boating as a top choice in outdoor ...

Read More »

NMMA names new VP of marketing

NMMA announced the hire of Kevin M. Williams as vice president of marketing. In this new role created in support of the NMMA’s strategic plan to expand the market for recreational boating, Williams will oversee the industry's Discover Boating campaign and the integration of the Discover Boating brand with boat shows. This includes all of NMMA’s paid media, digital marketing, ...

Read More »

NOAA designates Lake Michigan’s Shipwreck Coast a National Marine Sanctuary

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently announced the designation of the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The area on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin has been under consideration for national marine sanctuary status since 2014. The sanctuary will make up 962-square-miles in Lake Michigan on the Wisconsin side and will protect 36 shipwrecks. The ...

Read More »

Industry mourns loss of Ken Lovell

NMMA is mourning the loss of industry veteran, Maxey Kenneth “Ken” Lovell, who passed away recently. A longtime partner of the NMMA and champion for recreational boating, Ken served as Executive Director of the Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston (BTAMH) for more than three decades. Ken began his career in the boating industry in 1976 when he opened Lovell Marine Sales ...

Read More »

NMMA accepting nominations for 2021 Hall of Fame Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 NMMA Hall of Fame Award through August 4th. As the Association’s most prestigious recognition, the annual Hall of Fame Award honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. The Hall of Fame Award will be presented during the IBEX Industry Breakfast in Tampa, ...

Read More »

U.S. boat exports down sharply

U.S. recreational boat exports sharply down

The Boat and Engine Exports and Imports section of NMMA’s 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available. This report examines 24 years of historical data on the different categories of recreational boats and marine engines imported to and exported from the U.S. each year. Key insights from the report include: U.S. exports of recreational boats regressed to 1999 levels with ...

Read More »