Marine entrepreneur acquires Hydro-Turf

October 29th, 2020

Marine and powersports entrepreneur, Greg Pickren, has acquired Hydro-Turf, a manufacturer of watercraft traction mats and seat covers located in Anaheim, Calif. Pickren’s holdings include Marine Mat, SEI Marine Products, API Marine, 4XPro, East Lake Axle, Watercraft Superstore, SBT, BlackTip Jet Sports, Adonis Impellers, and Pacific Big Wave. The family of companies are headquartered in […]

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2019 recreational boating statistical abstract available

October 28th, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2019 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available with historical data going back to 2007 including: Outboard Engine Sales TrendsSailboat Sales TrendsPowerboat Sales TrendsBoat and Engine Exports and ImportsCruiser, Watersport, Fishing Boat and Trailer Sales TrendsTotal Industry Sales by Category and StateTotal Boat Registrations Highlights from the 2019 […]

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Wholesale boat shipments remain strong

October 27th, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that August was another strong month for new boat manufacturing activity. While wholesale shipments of new power boats tempered following three consecutive months of growth, August had the fourth highest single-month total of new boat wholesale shipments in a decade, according to its latest Monthly Shipment Report (MSR). […]

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ABYC announces virtual Standards Week in January 2021

October 23rd, 2020

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that develops the safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, announced its 12th annual Standards Week will be extended and held virtually, Jan. 5-21, 2021. What has usually taken place over a week of day long meetings will be extended […]

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August powerboat retail sales up 8 percent

October 22nd, 2020

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show that August new powerboat retail sales were up 8% year to date on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to a year ago. Highlights from NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations dashboard include: While new powerboat retail sales slowed in August following unprecedented increases in the early summer months […]

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White House executive order targets water management and infrastructure

October 21st, 2020

The White House released an executive order to “to improve our country’s water resource management, modernize our water infrastructure, and prioritize the availability of clean, safe, and reliable water supplies,” according to The order would create a new Water Policy Committee, also known as the Water Subcabinet, to be co-chaired by the Interior and […]

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Submission deadline approaching for MFA Awards

October 20th, 2020

With a submission deadline of Nov. 6, 2020, now is the time to submit fabrication projects for a chance to win a Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Fabrication Excellence Award. The submission process has been streamlined, the MFA has added two new categories, and entrants have the option of uploading up to six photos of a […]

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2020 virtual IBEX reportedly successful

October 15th, 2020

IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience, held Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2020, ended the week with positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike, according to conference co-owner the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. Nearly 3,000 visitors from 25 countries registered to take part in the virtual event, and more than 1,650 exhibitor representatives participated from 474 […]

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Georgia DNR seeking nominees for Coastal Marshlands and Shore Protection Committees

October 14th, 2020

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division is seeking nominees for appointment to the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Shore Protection Committee, for the four-year term 2021 to 2024. Nominees are being sought who, by reason of their occupational or other experience, scientific expertise, legal expertise or training, are knowledgeable regarding the […]

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Deadline approaching for National Boating Industry Safety Awards

October 13th, 2020

Applications for the 2020 National Boating Industry Safety Awards are due Oct. 15, 2020, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The 2020 National Boating Industry Safety Awards include the following categories for submission: Powerboat ManufacturerSailboat ManufacturerEngine ManufacturerGear/Equipment ManufacturerHuman Powered (Canoe, Kayak, SUP) ManufacturerMarine Retailer with up to 3 LocationsMarine Retailer with more than […]

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