Faster, easier way to measure 2-D and 3-D shapes

August 31, 2017

Prodim’s Proliner is a portable digital measuring tool for marine fabricators with patented technology: measuring with a wire. At the end of the wire is a metal measuring pen that allows the user to mark relevant points, which are directly translated into a digital DXF CAD file. Straight, curved and very complex shapes can be …

How to support Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts

August 30, 2017

There are approximately 573,000 registered boats in Texas, making it a significant boating state, ranking second, just behind Florida, for total new boat, engine and accessory sales at $1.4 billion in 2016, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Statistical Abstract. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released information on how to best support …

West Marine seeks applications for fall BlueFuture grants

August 29, 2017

National marine retailer West Marine will begin accepting online applications Sept. 1 for its next round of 2017 BlueFuture grants. Recipients of the $1,500 grants are free to use the funds as they see fit. Encouraged to apply are nonprofit youth-focused community-based organizations that teach sailing, powerboating, fishing, paddling or boatbuilding skills; foster aquatic sustainability …

New powerboat registrations up 5 percent

August 23, 2017

NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through June 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 5 percent year-over-year (YOY) for the rolling twelve-month (R12M) period through June. Highlights from the report include: Nearly all segments were up through June (R12M YOY). Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: …

Boat-sharing startup expands reach

August 21, 2017

South Florida boat rental startup Boatsetter has acquired Seattle-based Boatbound, expanding its national reach. The company models its peer-to-peer boat-sharing business on Airbnb, connecting people seeking rentals with boat owners looking to monetize the time their boats aren’t being used. Boatsetter differentiates itself from similar boat-sharing businesses by also giving its users access to licensed …

142 million Americans went boating in 2016

August 16, 2017

An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016–36 percent of U.S. households–according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study, released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Discover Boating. Of the 142 million individuals, half were children (under the age of 18), and 17 million individuals were …

OSHA launches injury-tracking system

August 14, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on Aug. 1, and extended the deadline for submitting 2016 injury and illness data to Dec. 1, 2017. The reporting requirements are part of a final rule issued in October 2016 to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The reporting …

New boat and yacht standards released

August 10, 2017

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has published its 57th supplement of “Standards and Technical Information Report for Small Craft,” which covers all major boat systems and provides boat building and repair guidelines. ABYC standards are continuously researched, developed and revised by more than 400 volunteer technical experts and marine professionals on 16 Project …

2018 STEP Ahead Awards nominations open

August 8, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards, which honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing. The Step Ahead initiative is sponsored by the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. Last year’s winners within the marine industry included: Kris Carroll, President, …

Swela 37+ awning fabric

August 4, 2017

Swela’s 37+ marine canvas is made of 100 percent spun-dyed polyester, with durability engineered for adverse climates. The high-tech, PVC-free fabric is durable and made of fully recyclable material. The 37+ will not leak even after a week of standing water, and will return to its original shape if distorted by heavy wind and water. …