News & Events

The 2016 State of the Industry

Positive outlook projected for marine businesses. Six years after the world economy emerged from the Great Recession of 2009, a return to a strong global expansion remains elusive. The downside risks to the world economy appeared more noticeable than ever in 2015. Economic growth has improved in the advanced economies—the United States, Japan and Europe. …

Global Industry meets in Cartagena de Indias to discuss recreational boating in Colombia

Speakers, exhibitors and sponsors from around the world are meeting in Cartagena de Indias for the International Nautical Congress of Colombia. The summit, being held April 27-29, is organized by AsoNautica de Colombia (ANC), Centro de Convenienciones de Cartagena de Indias, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association …

Marlen Textiles extends warranty period for five products

Marlen Textiles, New Haven, Mo., manufacturers of outdoor textiles, has extended the warranty on five of its most popular products: Top Notch®, Top Notch 9®, Top Notch 1S®, Top Notch FR® and Top Gun FR®. The warranty period will be extended from five to eight years for Top Notch, Top Notch 9, Top Notch FR …

Longtime Fasnap president George Lang to retire

Fasnap Corp., a wholesale distributor of fastener textile systems based in Elkhart, Ind., announced that president George Lang will retire effective April 29, after 17 years with the company. Lang began his 43-year career in fastener distribution in 1973 with TRW Fasteners, where he worked for 18 years. He spent eight years with Scovill Fasteners …

OPEI survey shows education lacking on higher ethanol fuel blends

A national poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) shows that that consumer knowledge of how to use high ethanol fuel blends remains relatively unchanged from the last few years. According to 2016 poll results, 64 percent of American adults who own outdoor power equipment say they are …

2016 IBEX halls sell out, wait list available

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that its show floor is sold out, but companies interested in exhibiting may fill out an online application to be added to a wait list. Exhibit space will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. IBEX, which will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, …

NAM to host webinar on imports and customs compliance April 12

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will host a webinar Tuesday, April 12, at 2 p.m. EDT on new import and customs compliance rules. Enhanced customs enforcement is likely due to recent changes within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the February 2016 enactment of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. The webinar …

Fish and Wildlife Service awards grants to 32 states

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering nearly $14 million in grants to 32 states, commonwealths and territories to support recreational boating through the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. The BIG funds are used to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities with features for transient recreational boats that are 26 feet or …

NBSAC requests applications to fill vacancies

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), the council which advises the U.S. Coast Guard on recreational boating safety regulations and other major boating safety matters, is soliciting applications for 2017 appointments. According to the Federal Register, NBSAC will consider applications for the following positions which will be vacant on December 31, 2016: two state …

Comment now on the strategic plan from the National Recreational Boating Safety Program

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on the draft of the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program 2017-2021. The plan is published in the Federal Register. The 30-day comment period ends April 20, 2016. Review the plan and submit comments through the Federal Register website. Questions can be directed to …