Nearly 30 organizations co-host 2013 American Boating Congress

May 1, 2013

The 2013 American Boating Congress Legislative Conference, slated for May 8-9 in Washington, D.C., is once again a true, all-industry event this year co-hosted by some 30 organizations. The hosts, who support ABC by contributing time and assisting in program development, include the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, BoatUS, the Marine Retailers Association of …

Ten companies honored for innovation

Ten marine companies were cited in February for innovative achievement by the NMMA and the Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 72nd annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. Eight products took home 2013 Innovation Awards and two others received honorable mentions. The awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize …

Industry veteran John Robert ‘Bob’ Long wins Alan J. Freedman Award

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has honored Bob Long, owner and CEO of Marine Concepts, with the 2013 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. NMMA’s Accessory Manufacturers Division introduced the award in 1984 to recognize individuals who, throughout the course of their careers, have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity …

Georgia legislators mull safety bill

The Georgia Legislature is currently considering a bill, crafted with the support of the governor, that would establish mandatory boater education, mandatory life-jacket wear for children, lowers the legal blood alcohol content to .08, and prohibits those under 16 years old from operating a personal water craft without on-board adult supervision.

Survey shows growth in boating

A recent forecast indicates a 2013 growth of 8 percent in the American boating industry. In light of an improving consumer outlook, more than half (51 percent) of survey participants said the best time to increase inventory levels is right now to be fully stocked for the spring selling season, according to results released by …

NMMA comments on USCG code regulations

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently commented on proposed U.S. Coast Guard updates to the Code of Federal Regulations. In consultation with the American Boat and Yacht Council, NMMA identified several standards that are currently outdated. Thousands of U.S. boat manufacturers and foreign importers are relying on outdated information and thereby misapplying critical safety standards. …

Congressional Boating Caucus heads named

In February, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) joined the U.S. recreational boating industry’s Congressional Boating Caucus as co-chairs. The pair join Republican counterparts Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Recreational boats are uniquely American-made, with 83 percent of powerboats sold in the United States made domestically. The …

NMMA names legal director

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in March named Nicole Vasilaros director of regulatory and legal affairs to replace Cindy Squires, who is moving to the International Wood Products Association as executive director. Previously NMMA’s manager of state government relations and legislative counsel, Vasilaros has contributed to state lobbying efforts for the recreational boating industry. …

National Marina Day set for June 8

Launched to promote the marina industry and its role in boating, National Marina Day has joined forces with Discover Boating to promote the entire marine industry and the boating lifestyle in one nationwide event. Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day is scheduled for June 8, 2013. Since the first event in 2001, National …

My-Villages makes move

My-Villages, the company facilitating an online marine industry collaborative, announced in April that it has moved from its former Alexandria, Va., headquarters to the Jupiter–Stuart, Fla., area to be situated directly within the largest U.S. boating market and major marine industry hub. My-Villages aims to improve the boat ownership experience and transform how boats are …