New powerboat registrations up 5 percent

August 23, 2017

NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through June 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 5 percent year-over-year (YOY) for the rolling twelve-month (R12M) period through June. Highlights from the report include: Nearly all segments were up through June (R12M YOY). Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: …

Boat-sharing startup expands reach

August 21, 2017

South Florida boat rental startup Boatsetter has acquired Seattle-based Boatbound, expanding its national reach. The company models its peer-to-peer boat-sharing business on Airbnb, connecting people seeking rentals with boat owners looking to monetize the time their boats aren’t being used. Boatsetter differentiates itself from similar boat-sharing businesses by also giving its users access to licensed …

142 million Americans went boating in 2016

August 16, 2017

An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016–36 percent of U.S. households–according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study, released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Discover Boating. Of the 142 million individuals, half were children (under the age of 18), and 17 million individuals were …

OSHA launches injury-tracking system

August 14, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on Aug. 1, and extended the deadline for submitting 2016 injury and illness data to Dec. 1, 2017. The reporting requirements are part of a final rule issued in October 2016 to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The reporting …

New boat and yacht standards released

August 10, 2017

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has published its 57th supplement of “Standards and Technical Information Report for Small Craft,” which covers all major boat systems and provides boat building and repair guidelines. ABYC standards are continuously researched, developed and revised by more than 400 volunteer technical experts and marine professionals on 16 Project …

2018 STEP Ahead Awards nominations open

August 8, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards, which honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing. The Step Ahead initiative is sponsored by the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. Last year’s winners within the marine industry included: Kris Carroll, President, …

Swela 37+ awning fabric

August 4, 2017

Swela’s 37+ marine canvas is made of 100 percent spun-dyed polyester, with durability engineered for adverse climates. The high-tech, PVC-free fabric is durable and made of fully recyclable material. The 37+ will not leak even after a week of standing water, and will return to its original shape if distorted by heavy wind and water. …

Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

August 2, 2017

Glen Raven Inc., a global provider of performance fabrics, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills, a market leader in the design and manufacture of decorative jacquard fabrics. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven Inc. and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom …

IBEX 2017 emphasizes networking

The 27th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) will offer networking opportunities and other events September 19-21 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. “There’s more going on this year than I’ve seen in a long time,” says Anne Dunbar, show director. “We highly encourage our attendees and exhibitors to visit our events page and …

Startup develops first self-driving boat

July 27, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts-based Sea Machines Robotic Inc. is developing the industry’s first self-driving boat. The company is using a Safeboat Defender 250 as a test model in what it hopes will be its first unmanned surface vessel (USV). Sea Machines plans to develop an autonomous control system that would initially be used in commercial work for …