Patrick Industries acquires Tumacs Covers

August 31st, 2021

Patrick Industries, the Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier and manufacturer of marine and RV accessories and components, has completed its acquisition of Tumacs Covers, according to the Trade Only Today website. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Penn., with manufacturing plants in Indiana and Pennsylvania and a distribution center in Michigan, Tumacs serves the marine industry as a supplier of […]

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IBEX 2021 announces health and safety protocols

August 30th, 2021

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced updated safety protocols for the 30th Anniversary Show scheduled for September 28-30, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. As the situation in Florida continues to develop, new protocols have been established for IBEX 2021 to ensure the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, partners and guests. IBEX producers are […]

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Registration opens for World Marinas Conference in Dubai Oct. 12-14

August 27th, 2021

Registration is open for the 2021 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, set to take place in Dubai Oct. 12-14. The conference will bring together 200 participants comprising the region’s leading marina and club operators, owners and vendors along with related government agency representatives. The event will showcase innovations in the new marina and boatyard products and […]

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Sea Tow Foundation launches new life jacket loaner stations

August 25th, 2021

The Sea Tow Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices, will work with 154 organizations and agencies to establish new Life Jacket Loaner Stations and restock existing stations for the 2021 summer boating season, according to the website. With more than 750 Life Jacket Loaner Stations already […]

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ABYC and USCG launch online risk mitigation series

August 24th, 2021

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) are launching a new series of one-day events dedicated to mitigating the risk in designing and building recreational boats. The first event, USCG Risk Mitigation: Series 1—Regulations and Electrification, will be held virtually on November 9 and will focus on the transition […]

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CNBC Special Report: Why the boating industry’s boom could carry on for a long time

August 19th, 2021

CNBC featured the recreational boating industry in a special report on August 6th that includes a nearly 13-minute broadcast special–"Why the boating industry’s boom could carry on for a long time." The in-depth story provides a historic look at boat sales, shines a spotlight on boating trends from new innovations to shifting demographics and includes […]

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Daytona State College launches Florida workforce and industry collaboration program

August 18th, 2021

Daytona State College has officially launched Florida’s first chapter of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), a collaborative effort between the college and local manufacturers designed to match students in the AS Engineering Technology program with job opportunities in the community. A group of nine students who make up the first cohort were paired […]

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Boating industry priorities included in bipartisan infrastructure bill

August 17th, 2021

The $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by the U.S. Senate includes funding for recreation-based ports and waterways, funding for climate resiliency measures and reauthorizes the $750 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. Here are some key recreational boating industry priorities included […]

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ABYC publishes updated boat building and repair standards

August 13th, 2021

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) published its 61st supplement of Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which provides the marine industry with the latest in boat building and repair standards, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. “This is the largest update in ABYC’s history,” said ABYC technical director Brian […]

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Wisconsin outdoor rec office seeks survey input

August 12th, 2021

The Wisconsin Office of Outdoor Recreation is seeking input from Wisconsin outdoor recreation stakeholders to help guide strategic planning. Initially created in the 2019 budget cycle, the office received two years of renewed funding in the 2021 budget cycle this summer and is encouraging stakeholders to participate in a survey to ensure the office’s work […]

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