First section of 2021 US Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract available

February 24th, 2022

The first section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2021 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, Outboard Engine Sales Trends, is now available. After reaching record highs in 2020, outboard engine sales in the U.S had a single digit decline in 2021, down 6.6 percent to 307,800 units. Despite the drop from 2020, unit sales […]

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Study offers insights into boat buying and ownership

February 23rd, 2022

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced the findings from a comprehensive study conducted by Left Brain Marketing, Inc. with individuals who purchased a boat in 2020 or 2021. The study was fielded to better identify and understand challenges […]

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2022 Miami Innovation Award winners

February 22nd, 2022

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored 15 recipients at the recent Miami International Boat Show with the 2022 Miami Innovation Awards, recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring innovative products for the boating industry to market. The 2022 Miami Innovation Award winners are:               Cabin cruisers, Motor Yachts, Trawlers: Azimut Yachts, […]

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Chris-Craft expands production capabilities

February 17th, 2022

Boatbuilder Chris-Craft announced it broke ground on a new 80,000 square-foot factory expansion project in Sarasota, Fla., to allow the company to increase production capabilities to meet its growing market demands.  The expansion project is set to transform a 6-acre brownfield lot into an additional manufacturing building adjacent to Chris-Craft's current factory. The existing facility […]

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Boat shows expected to draw crowds

February 16th, 2022

Two large boating events–the Discover Boating® Miami International Boat Show® and the Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show®–are taking place Feb. 16-20, 2022, and are expected to draw boaters and new customers interested in marine products from around the world. The 2022 Miami Boat Show is set across five locations, with the combination of the […]

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NMMA postpones Lake Lanier boating event

February 16th, 2022

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has decided to postpone the inaugural in-water event on Lake Lanier this spring after analysis of current market conditions and conversations with exhibitors. The NMMA is exploring dates and opportunities for an in-water event in the spring of 2023 to complement the reboot of the Atlanta Boat Show.

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Department of the Interior announces $1.5 billion in funding for outdoor recreation

February 15th, 2022

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced a record $1.5 billion in annual funding through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program to support state and local outdoor recreational opportunities and wildlife and habitat conservation efforts, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The […]

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TACO Metals and TACO marine move headquarters

February 10th, 2022

TACO Marine and TACO Metals have moved corporate headquarters to Miramar, Fla., after 34 years in Miami, Fla. The manufacturer, which specializes in fishing components and systems, as well as canvas work, tower components, helm chairs and pedestals and other specialty hardware, had pivoted to a largely work-from-home environment for administrative functions during the Covid-19 […]

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IFAI offers Product Diversification and Networking workshop

February 9th, 2022

Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Product Diversification and Networking Workshop will be held on Feb. 23–24, 2022, at Sharp's Tarps Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah. The workshop is an opportunity to connect with fellow fabricators in a variety of textile markets—industrial covers, marine products, RV skirting, awnings, truck covers and more at this product […]

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IFAI webinar offers tech skills for “non-techy” people

February 8th, 2022

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is offering a webinar entitled “Technically Not a 'Techy' Person” on Feb. 16, 2022, from 1–2 pm EST. The webinar, which is free for IFAI members and $39 for non-members, is aimed at people who find themselves frustrated by technology and are looking for ways to make using it faster […]

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