U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Rep. Mike McIntyre joined as co-chairs.
Bill adresses mandatory boater education, life-jacket wear and more.
The NMMA honored Long with the 2013 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award.
National Marina Day has joined forces with Discover Boating.
The ABC Legislative Conferene is slated for May 8-9 in Washington, D.C.
The NMMA identified several standards that are currently outdated.
Move situates the company directly within the largest U.S. boating market and industry hub.
Barb Czarnecki runs a one-woman shop producing top-quality products.
Keyston Bros. has named Dennis Bueker vice president of its Awning and Canvas Division.
MarChem CFI, now a stand-alone entity, changes its name to Marlen Textiles.
Yachting Pages super-yacht directory distributes more than 60,000 printed copies worldwide.
Canvas Innovations gave a 211 Liberator an award-winning facelift.
Fabric suppliers see the marine market in a severe downturn because of the weakening U.S. and world economy, as well as cautious customer purchasing for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy does rebound, the OEM market segment will be sluggish. Price-conscious marine fabricators will continue to seek less expensive imported fabrics. This continued influx of imports (not just from Asia) will erode market shares for the market leaders. If the weather is warmer and sunnier in 2009, the marine fabric market may still face decreases, but not as much as in 2008.
Marine fabricators see the market slowly coming back if the economy begins to improve in 2009. The current slump in boat sales will change how they market their products and services. There will be more use of the Internet, discounting of prices, increasing advertising budgets, and increasing product features as they relate to sustainability trends. Technology will continue to improve, particularly in stitching and hot and dielectric welding. Fabricators see raw material prices remaining high compared to the past (before 2007). Like fabric manufacturers, they see more fabric being sourced outside of the U.S. They also feel that their industry will continue to have a hard time finding skilled craftspeople for custom work.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.