California OKs Sea Hawk Paints’ Biocop TF registration

November 24, 2015

Sea Hawk Paints of Clearwater, Fla., has won registration approval in California for its dual-biocide antifouling coating, Biocop TF. Biocop TF is equality effective in fresh, brackish and saltwater. The registration was approved by the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation. Biocop TF is Sea Hawk Paint’s premier dual-biocide antifouling paint. Its proprietary “PL3” polymer binding …

IFAI, Dept. of Commerce to host smart fabrics summit

November 23, 2015

UPDATE: Date has been changed. The Smart Fabrics Summit will be on April 11, 2016. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit on April 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private …

Boat registrations in Spain rise

November 19, 2015

Recreational boat registrations in Spain increased nearly 13% from January to August 2015. ANEN, Spanish Marine Trade Association, is confident in the positive indicators for Spain’s recreational boating industry. The rental market showed a 39% increase. There were 474 charter boats licenses issued between January and August—an increase of more than 30% compared the same …

Opposition kills controversial fee for boaters

November 12, 2015

A controversial and expensive “coastal waters permit” was removed from the final version of the budget passed by North Carolina legislators. Legislators planned to use the revenue from the fee, ranging from $75 for a 24-foot boat to $1,300 for the largest of vessels, to increase maintenance dredging funds needed for many inlets and key …

U.S. boat registrations down 1.7%

November 9, 2015

Total U.S. boat registrations declined 1.7 percent in 2014 to 11.8 million boats. Registrations in the top 10 states totaled 6.2 million and accounted for 52.2 percent of total boat registrations. The National Marine Manufacturers Association website has available data on 2014 U.S. boat registrations in the form of a summary report and raw data. …

WeatherMAX 80 earns U.S. patent

November 6, 2015

Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, S.C., was awarded U.S. patent 9,121,131 on its technical outdoor fabric WeatherMAX™ 80, for which it also holds a Canadian patent. WeatherMAX 80 is made using 100 percent pigment solution-dyed SaturaMAX™ for maximum color retention. The water resistance comes from Safety Components’ proprietary HydroMax™ finish and unique construction. This …

Early registration deadline for Marine Fabricators Conference is Nov. 16

November 4, 2015

Presented by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of IFAI, the 2016 Marine Fabricators Conference will be held Jan. 14–16, 2016, at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key in Clearwater, Fla. The early bird registration deadline is Nov. 16. The conference will include educational seminars on topics from sewing machines and attachments …

NMMA acquires American Sportfishing Association’s consumer shows

November 3, 2015

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has acquired the rights to American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) four consumer shows: Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo, the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow, the World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, and the Saltwater Fishing Expo. With the acquisition, NMMA will bring on two full-time employees from the ASA to run …