Warrior Sailing Program going strong

November 30, 2017

Since its start in 2013, the Warrior Sailing Program (WSP) has taught more than 250 former military men and women to sail. WSP coaches visit more than 40 sailing clubs around the country each year to run basic and advanced multi-day sailing camps, all at no cost to the participants. The coaches use an assortment …

BoatUS Foundation seeking donations to support safety, clean water

November 28, 2017

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is asking for donations to help support its efforts to reduce boating accidents and increase waterway stewardship. The organization is calling Nov. 28 “Give Way to Giving Tuesday” to kickstart the season of charitable giving. Since 1981, the 501(c)(3) Foundation has offered the country’s largest life …

New powerboat registrations up 4.4 percent in September

November 22, 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through September 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 4.4 percent year-over-year (YOY) for the rolling twelve-month (R12M) period through September. Highlights from the report include: Nearly all segments were up through September (R12M YOY). Growth in registrations was led …

SBA Irma loans in Florida top $500M

November 20, 2017

The Orlando Sentinel reports that with less than a week remaining before the loan application deadline, Brevard County topped Central Florida counties, including Orange County, for the dollar amount in federal disaster loans approved by the Small Business Administration this year. Statewide, the SBA has approved 13,757 loans for more than $505 million related to …

Nominations Sought for Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

November 16, 2017

NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill current and pending vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC), which advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to …

Hurricane damage to recreational boats is significant

November 14, 2017

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, with a combined dollar damage estimate of $655 million (boats only). These numbers are strikingly …

AllergoProtect bedding

November 9, 2017

AllergoProtect is a trio of products—mattress topper, duvet and pillow—which hold 99.5 percent of dust mite allergens inside the filling and the cover, even when shaken. This means allergens are not breathed in and no longer cause allergic reactions. The German research group Hohenstein developed a negatively-charged textile finish that attracts the positively-charged allergens like …

NMMA seeking input on hurricane relief

November 7, 2017

In the wakes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Congress has passed and President Trump has signed two disaster relief bills. One package signed in September provided $15.3 billion of initial funding primarily to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In October, a second $36.5 billion emergency package was approved by Congress that again was …

IFAI announces co-location with CAMX for IFAI Expo 2018

November 2, 2017

IFAI Expo 2018 will take place in Dallas, Texas, October 15-18 and will be co-located with The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). IFAI Expo has been the specialty fabrics industry’s leading event since 1918. CAMX is North America’s go-to composites event for products, solutions, networking and advanced industry thinking. “The goal of this co-location …

2018 MFA Conference: Community and strength to meet tough challenges

November 1, 2017

It’s been a rough fall for many in the marine industry—between the hurricanes and wildfires. That’s one of the reasons I want to encourage you to register for the 2018 MFA Conference on January 25-27 in Savannah, Ga., if you haven’t yet. After attending IFAI Expo this year in New Orleans, I was struck by …