NMMA president appointed to consumer goods committee

July 30, 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) president, Thom Dammrich, has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on Consumer Goods. The ITAC is a part of the International Trade Administration, a government agency devoted to strengthening U.S. industries through trade, investments and support for the National Export Initiative. Dammrich will represent the recreational …

NMMA distributes E15 warning labels to manufacturers

July 26, 2012

Beginning this week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to NMMA member boat manufacturers across the country to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol. The labels will help educate boaters that E15 should not …

NMMA launches Export Development program

July 23, 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) launched an Export Development initiative to help its members better connect with emerging international growth opportunities and realize untapped potential in the international market. Nearly 69 percent of consumers live outside the U.S. (International Trade Resource Center), creating significant potential for the U.S. recreational boating industry, which is already …

Solar-powered boat completes around-the-world journey

July 1, 2012

On May 4, the Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed into Monaco, finishing its 19-month journey around the world and becoming the first boat to make the trek powered only by solar energy. The vessel’s durable, lightweight structure features 537 square meters of solar panels, making the PlanetSolar the largest solar ship in the world. The vessel was …

Boating returns to Capitol Hill

The 2012 American Boating Congress, the recreational boating industry’s legislative conference, returned to Capitol Hill in April to discuss with the country’s lawmakers key policy issues facing the boating industry. With 165 in attendance, featured speakers at the two-day event addressed economic concerns and legislation, as well as provided insight on their impact on recreational …

NMMA honors E15 alternative research

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented six recipients with Environmental Achievement Awards for their research and contributions towards finding an alternative to E15. At the award ceremony held during the 2012 American Boating Congress, NMMA’s director of environmental safety and compliance, John McKnight, noted the importance of such research.

Dicor enters marine market

Dicor Corporation, a supplier of RV products, expanded into the marine market to help meet growing demands from those refurbishing older boats and cabin cruisers. Directed by its Seal Design affiliate, this expansion brings a range of new components and aftermarket offerings to the marine market, including durable and easy-to-apply sealants, deck hardware, flooring, compact …

SureShade expands production

SureShade teamed with Great Lakes Boat Top to expand production of its retractable marine sunshade systems. Great Lakes Boat Top Company will produce all new canvas pieces for SureShade factory installations, as well as handle canvas production for select aftermarket and dealer-installed sunshade systems. SureShade is currently featured as a factory-install option on eight different …

Sales up for recreational boating industry

Retail sales for recreational boats, accessories and marine services in the U.S. increased 6 percent to $32.3 billion in 2011, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Annual Statistical Report. This marks the first increase in retail sales for the recreational boating industry since 2006. Leading the recovery was aluminum powerboats (primarily fishing and …

Upward sales for powerboats

The March Info-Link Technologies Bellwether Report revealed that year-over-year sales for 15-foot or greater powerboats were up 5 percent. Sales for outboard and sportfishing boats improved nearly 10 percent compared to March 2011. The 15-foot and greater outboard boat market increased about 9 percent. Sales for sterndrive, personal watercraft and ski boats improved slightly since …