Free boating marketing content available

July 20th, 2021

Discover Boating B2B has free marketing tools and resources available for fabricators to share on their websites and social channels to help drive consumer engagement. These include interactive boat buying tools such as a Boat Loan Calculator and Boat Finder, which can be embedded directly on a fabricator’s website. Other resources include an industry-wide “Get […]

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RBIEF awards record scholarship funds

July 15th, 2021

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) more than doubled the amount of funds distributed this year compared to years past, as qualified applicants express keen interest in careers in the marine industry. The Foundation awarded $18,500 in scholarship funds to 10 students, according to  The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1986 by […]

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IBEX Innovation Awards accepting entries

July 14th, 2021

Entries are being accepted for the 2021 IBEX Innovation Awards now through August 13. The awards program will take place during IBEX in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 28-30, and will honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. The program is managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and is judged by Boating […]

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NOAA announces Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary

July 13th, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently announced the designation of the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The area on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin has been under consideration for national marine sanctuary status since 2014. The sanctuary will make up 962-square-miles in Lake Michigan on the Wisconsin side […]

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ABYC announces entry level certification program

July 9th, 2021

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced an updated year-end exam for its new entry-level Marine Service Technician Certification. The revised certification designation and exam completes ABYC’s Marine Service Technology package, designed to help secondary and post-secondary schools easily implement standards-based marine service programs and further enhance student abilities to grow their careers in […]

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New powerboat sales remain strong through April

July 8th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports new boat sales remained strong through April, according to the latest New Powerboat Registrations Report. Data shows retail unit sales of new powerboats were up 32 percent on a rolling 12-month (R12M) year-over-year (YOY) basis through April, reflecting the surge in demand and sales over the past year. […]

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2020 boat and engine exports and imports stats available

July 7th, 2021

The Boat and Engine Exports and Imports section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available on This report examines 24 years of historical data on the different categories of recreational boats and marine engines imported to and exported from the U.S. each year. Key insights […]

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Messe Stuttgart’s Sun Shading Expo North America moves co-location debut with IFAI Expo to 2022

July 7th, 2021

Messe Stuttgart announced that its new U.S.-based show Sun Shading Expo North America will not be held in 2021 as a separate trade show but will instead contribute its expertise in internal and external sun shading systems at IFAI Expo 2021 in the form of expert talks, open discussions and more.IFAI Expo 2021 will still take place Nov. […]

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Michigan DNR approves $4 million in boating grants

July 6th, 2021

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that more than $4 million in grant funding will be awarded to 23 communities throughout the state to boost recreational boating, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The funding is made possible through the DNR Parks and Recreation Division's waterways grant program, which began in […]

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2021 Shipyard Safety Awards announced

July 2nd, 2021

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance, and repair industry, recently announced the recipients of its annual shipyard safety awards. SCA honors shipbuilding and repair organizations with the “Excellence in Safety,” “Improvement in Safety” and “Significant Safety Achievement” awards each year for enhancement of operations and promotion of […]

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