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Brunswick names new presidents for Boston Whaler, Harris and Cypress Cay

Brunswick Corporation has named Nick Stickler as president of Boston Whaler. He succeeds Huw Bower, who recently was appointed president of Brunswick Boat Group. Stickler most recently was president of Harris and Cypress Cay Pontoons. Succeeding Stickler at Harris will be Jorge Valdes, managing director for Brunswick Boats.

$150 rebate available through May 31 on outrigger top mounts

The Grand Slam Series of Outrigger Top Mounts from Taco® Marine are the most popular mounts on the market for boatbuilders and boat owners. The GS-280, GS-2801 and GS-380 models are backed by a three year warranty that ensures trouble free performance and reliability for years to come. A $150 mail-in rebate is available through …

House leaders unveil WRDA draft bill

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders have released a draft of their bipartisan $5 billion Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The bill will be introduced early next week and is slated to be marked up at the committee Wednesday morning. To summarize the measure, the bill …

U.S. outboard engine shipments up

On a rolling 12-month basis, U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 6 percent YOY through April for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) control group of manufacturers, representing 95 percent of the market. Gains were led by four-strokes and higher-powered engines. Total retail sales based on warranty card registrations for the same period were …

U.S. International Trade Commission releases report on TPP impact

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) recently released its report assessing the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement that the U.S. has entered into with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The USITC’s report, “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: …

National Safe Boating Week emphasizes ‘Wear It!’

Wearing a life jacket is the simplest life-saving strategy for safe boating. Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water, during National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27. National Safe Boating Week is the launch …

Connecticut revises definition of wake surfing

The Connecticut legislature has voted to revise the definition for waterskiing to include wake surfing. The measure now is before Governor Dannel Malloy for his signature. State regulations currently apply only when the towed person is tethered to the boat. SB 136 also prohibits a person from towing a skier, which would include wake surfers, …

Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award call for entries

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is now accepting entries for its 2016 Innovation Award. Each year, the IFF honors projects created by those who pace the industry of tomorrow. IFF encourages companies to submit their projects so they can inspire others in the specialty fabrics industry and act as catalysts for the next great innovations. …

ABC 2016 wraps up

ABC 2016 concluded last week with a general session that brought members of the U.S. Congress, regulatory officials, political gurus, economic professionals and industry experts together to address the recreational boating industry on policy and news. A lively discussion regarding the upcoming presidential election between keynote speakers Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala was a highlight, …

WRDA reauthorization bill introduced in the Senate

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) recently introduced S. 2848, a bill that reauthorizes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). WRDA expires at the end of this year. WRDA is a key program for the recreational boating industry that authorizes and funds the …