Marine industry mounts loss of veteran designer Rodney Hayward

February 10, 2017

The marine industry lost one of its most creative and charismatic designers, Rodney Gene Hayward, on February 4. He was 55. Hayward specialized in graphics, emblems and logos for boat builders across the country. He also inspired many interior design trends. He was a pioneer in developing new products that raised the bar and set …

IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

Snag-A-Slip to use new financing to expand

Snag-A-Slip is poised to take a big step toward its goal of becoming the Priceline of boat slip booking. The Baltimore-based company plans to use the new funding to overhaul its online and mobile application, add 30 employees to its staff of 45, and add hundreds more marinas to its network. It hopes to offer …

Mold, Mildew and Harmful Bacteria in Textiles: Can Your Fabrics Be Protected?

February 16 | Noon – 1 p.m. EST Companies can have their carefully built reputations ruined overnight when mold, mildew or other harmful bacteria are found on their fabrics. With a global supply chain, a complex distribution network and uncontrolled shipping environments, this scenario, while not the norm, can create expensive problems for companies within the …

National marine sanctuaries seeking advisory council applicants

February 6, 2017

Six national marine sanctuaries and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve are seeking applicants for vacant seats on their advisory councils. The sanctuary advisory councils are community-based groups whose insights guide management decisions and community relations for each sanctuary site. Candidates are selected based on expertise and experience in relation to the role for …

NMMA announces 2017 Alan J. Freedman Award Recipient

February 1, 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced it will honor Frank Marciano, President, Domestic Americas, with the 2017 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. The honor recognizes individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation. The award will be presented during Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show’s Innovation Breakfast …

Triple-tube pontoons buoy boat sales

January 30, 2017

Bigger, faster pontoon boats with increased stability and comfort are making waves in the boating marketplace. Pontoons, once considered an ugly duckling by some boating enthusiasts, are becoming more and more popular. Pontoons can be customized for many purposes including fishing and scuba diving. They’re versatile, although boats with a V-shape hull are easier to …

Outboard engine shipments up 6.5 percent in 2016

January 27, 2017

The December Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) is now available. U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers, which represent 95 percent of the market, grew by 6.5 percent in 2016. Gains were led by 4-strokes and higher-powered engines. Corresponding dollars were up by 9.2 percent. NMMA Statistics Program participants have free access …

Sea Tow Foundation providing life jacket loaner stands at Miami International Boat Show

January 26, 2017

Six life jacket loaner stands with 400 life jackets will be available to attendees of the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show February 16-20, 2017, on Virginia Key at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Through a partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the organizers of the Miami Boat Show, Onyx Outdoor and the …

Sponsorship opportunities for the ICOMIA project

January 17, 2017

Spearheaded by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and supported by NMMA, the ICOMIA Asia project is an initiative to identify and understand obstacles to growth in Asia by working with the industry and authorities to create recommendations on how to develop a friendly recreational boating environment in the region. Sponsors are needed to …