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New NMMA President-elect reaches out to members

The new president-elect of the National Marine Manufacturers Association addressed members through a letter to members saying "it is a privilege to join NMMA." Frank Hugelmeyer, who officially joined the organization on July 15, brings a wealth of work experience in outdoor and sporting goods retail, manufacturing and association management (Outdoor Industry Association and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association). He said ...

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New powerboat registrations up 3.3% through May

NMMA’s New Powerboat Registration Report has been updated with data through May. Preliminary data from the report shows new powerboat registrations were up 3.3 percent through May on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis and up 1 percent on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis. For the three months through May: Personal watercraft led growth (up 13 percent), followed by cruisers (up 8 ...

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Industry representatives attend White House event on environmental leadership

Yesterday, NMMA and several recreational boating industry executives joined President Donald Trump at the White House for a speech on the need to strike a balance between the country’s environmental protections and energy requirements. In addition to NMMA and its members, representatives from the American Sportfishing Association, BoatUS, Center for Sportfishing Policy, and Coastal Conservation Association attended the president’s address. ...

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ICOMIA awards honorary lifetime memberships

During the ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress held earlier this month in Split, Croatia, ICOMIA president Andrea Razeto presented NMMA president Dr. Thom Dammrich and Finnboat’s past president Dr. Jouko Huju with honorary lifetime memberships.  According to ICOMIA, “As mark of highest appreciation for past services to ICOMIA, on recommendation of the Executive Committee, we would like to honour two individuals who over ...

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EPA officially approves year-round sale of E15

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally approved a rule allowing the year-round sale of fuel with 15% ethanol (E15). NMMA and its coalition partners repeatedly voiced opposition to EPA’s proposal leading up to the announcement, calling the rule legally dubious and a direct threat to consumer safety. In response, NMMA president, Thom Dammrich stated, "While deeply disappointing, today's announcement comes ...

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Frank Hugelmeyer named new NMMA President

NMMA announced its Board of Directors has selected Frank Hugelmeyer, a veteran leader in the outdoor recreation industry, as the association’s next president. He succeeds Thom Dammrich, who has led the NMMA for 20 years and announced his retirement in 2018. “Frank brings extensive experience and expertise in outdoor recreation and association management to NMMA, making him the ideal growth-minded ...

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Agreement reached for Section 232 tariffs

On Friday, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. reached an agreement on Section 232 aluminum and steel tariffs and subsequent retaliation. The agreement clears the deck for ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) and marks the end of all North American retaliatory tariffs on boats. In response, NMMA president, Thom Dammrich stated, "The agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico ...

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350 converge on D.C. for ABC 2019

My top takeaway from three days in our nation’s capital for the 2019 edition of the American Boating Congress? That every American, regardless of what it is they do for a living, should spend a day on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers from their district, having their voices and opinions heard, and getting a glimpse into how Washington works. I ...

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NMMA and NMMA Canada celebrate elimination of Canadian retaliatory tariffs on U.S. boats

Last week, the Government of Canada removed all retaliatory tariffs on U.S. recreational boats entering Canada, immediately ending a levy that hurt boat businesses on both sides of the border. NMMA and NMMA Canada heralded the news, calling the action a momentous step in the right direction for the North American marine industry, which has been particularly suppressed by tariffs ...

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NMMA welcomes $20 million in grants for recreational boating infrastructure projects

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program continues its substantial contributions to recreational boaters and local communities and their economies through this year’s award of $20.6 million in grants to states and U.S. territories. By providing funding to support dedicated boat facilities and associated amenities, the BIG program helps Americans enjoy the nation’s waters and our ...

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