U.S. outboard engine shipments up 6.7 percent through July

August 10, 2016

U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 6.7 percent year over year through July for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) control group of manufacturers. This group represents 95 percent of the market. Gains were led by four-stroke and higher-powered engines. Total retail sales based on warranty card registrations for the same period were up …

Marine product training portal launched

August 9, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has launched the Marine Product Training Portal, a web-based video hosting site to assist marine accessory and component manufacturers in working with retailers and dealers. The training portal provides a centralized location where dealers and retailers can search for training videos from a variety of manufacturers by brand, category …

Anti-fouling paint testing method released for public comment

August 8, 2016

An important testing method that could benefit boaters and marinas faced with strict regulation of copper-based anti-fouling paint has been released for public comment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that the saltwater biotic ligand model (BLM) is of particular interest in California, where regulators have set …

Anti-Fouling Paint Testing Method Released for Public Comment

An important testing method that could benefit boaters and marinas faced with strict regulation of copper-based anti-fouling paint has been released for public comment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that the saltwater biotic ligand model (BLM) is of particular interest in California, where regulators have set …

NMMA signs letters to state delegations to support TPP

August 3, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has signed on to a second round of letters from companies, business and agricultural associations supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a part of the U.S. Coalition for TPP. The letters were delivered to congressional delegations from the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, …

Parà S.p.a. announces alliance with Miami Corp.

August 2, 2016

Parà S.p.a. of Milan, Italy, along with its U.S.-based Tempotest USA subsidiary has announced a new strategic alliance with The Miami Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio. Parà, the producer of Tempotest® performance fabrics has partnered with Miami Corp. to be the exclusive U.S. distributor for its high performance line of fabrics for awning and marine applications. …

Marine fabricators meet customers’ window wish lists

August 1, 2016

When making boat windows for customers, marine fabricators often have a specific set of requirements of their materials. “Our fabricators require a sheet that is easy to handle, durable and can be cut and sewn easily without fear of damaging the product,” says Lyle Shipley, product manager at O’Sullivan Films, Winchester, Va., for O’Sea and …