Polaris buys assets of Larson Boat Group

January 31, 2019

Minn.-based Polaris Industries has bought the assets of Larson Boat Group for an undisclosed price in a move that further expands its fresh dive into the boating, according to the StarTribune newspaper. Polaris spokeswoman Erika Frederick said the deal included the Larson, Larson FX, Striper and Escape brands. Acquiring Larson boats will make Polaris an …

Premier Product Showcase 2019 call for submissions

January 29, 2019

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Herculite launches new website

Herculite® Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of flexible composite textiles for performance applications, has launched a new website that showcases the company’s breadth of capabilities in materials for solar protection, marine, health care, digital graphics media, military and tents and structures. The new website is located at www.herculite.com. Headquartered in Emigsville, Pa., …

Miami Boat Show Innovation Breakfast agenda set

January 24, 2019

The annual Innovation Breakfast at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, presented by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), is being held Friday, February 15. The breakfast will feature a host of presentations focused on propelling the recreational boating industry forward. Here’s the complete agenda: • Welcome by Larry Berryman, show manager. …

Recasens grows US distribution network

January 22, 2019

Recasens, a leading manufacturer of performance fabric for sun protection, textile architecture, and marine use, has added Innovative Industrial Solutions, Inc. (IIS) as its newest U.S.-based master distributor. This new partnership will provide greater access to the Recasens line of European-designed fabrics for fabricators and designers in the awning, marine and decor industries. Recasens will …

New powerboat sales continue strong growth in 2018

January 17, 2019

Retail unit sales of new powerboats (includes traditional powerboats and personal watercraft) were up an estimated 4 percent in 2018 to approximately 280,000 units, the highest total since 2007, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The outlook for 2019 remains positive with continued growth expected to bring a 3-4 percent increase in new …

Business insurance offered as new benefit to MFA members

January 15, 2019

IFAI now offers business insurance to members of the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA). The broker for this new membership benefit is Marsh & McLennan Agency, who is also IFAI’s insurance broker. “This is the first time IFAI has been able to offer this type of benefit to members. We have had many requests from members …

2019 MFA Conference makes waves

The 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference onboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 10-12, was a huge hit with the second-largest crowd in conference history. With nearly a hundred first-time attendees and a large Australian contingent, conference-goers had a chance to explore the majestic Queen Mary while networking with other fabricators, attending a …

President enacts Modern Fish Act

January 10, 2019

On December 31, President Trump signed the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act) into law, a bipartisan effort in the 115th Congress to improve federal fisheries management for America’s 11 million saltwater anglers. National Marine Manufacturers Association President, Thom Dammrich, said, “This is historic for the recreational boating and fishing community, …

Cutoff switches now required on some boats

January 8, 2019

In December, the U.S. Congress passed the Frank Lobiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, which includes a provision requiring boat and engine manufacturers, distributors and dealers to install engine cutoff switches on new boats “less than 26 feet overall in length and capable of developing 115 pounds or more of static thrust.” The requirement …