Marine industry bands together for Hurricane Ian relief efforts

October 31st, 2022

Following the devastation of Hurricane Ian, the marine industry has offered its support to those affected across Florida in an effort to assist the community in returning to some sense of normalcy. The Mercury Racing division of Brunswick Corp has launched a fund-matching and fundraising Hurricane Ian Relief program to support the Cape Coral and […]

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2022 IBEX Innovation Awards winners announced

October 28th, 2022

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced the winners of the 2022 IBEX Innovation Awards Program. The program is managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). The judges selected ten Innovation Award winners and three honorable mentions from almost 70 entries submitted by exhibiting marine industry […]

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Marine Fabrication Excellence Awards deadline approaching

October 26th, 2022

The 2023 MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards deadline is Nov 1, 2022. Fabrication Excellence Award Winners receive: •A featured spot in Marine Fabricator magazine •A personalized plaque and press release •Recognition on the MFA website New this year: A new category called Transformations (Before & After) is meant for two or more jobs on one boat.The […]

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2022 IFAI Expo Show Stopper winners list includes marine entry

October 24th, 2022

Bainbridge International’s Nauti Carbon Pole™ won a 2022 IFAI Expo Show Stopper Award in the Hardware, Findings and Accessories category. Bainbridge International’s Nauti Carbon Pole™ won a 2022 IFAI Expo Show Stopper Award in the Hardware, Findings and Accessories category. The new telescoping pole is made from black carbon fiber and is an excellent solution […]

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Together Outdoors awards grants to foster accessible outdoors

October 21st, 2022

Together Outdoors (TO), a coalition of more than 100 outdoor recreation organizations committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors, announced nine recipients of its pilot round of grants. In total, 84 proposals requesting $775,000 were submitted for this inaugural grant cycle from a broad range of inclusion-focused initiatives designed to build a […]

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2023 MFA Conference early bird registration ends soon

October 20th, 2022

Registration is open and reduced pricing is available now through October 31 for the annual Marine Fabricators Conference being held Jan. 26-28, 2023, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, La. The conference features three full days of education and networking designed to help marine fabricators cultivate industry connections, improve their efficiency and increase […]

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New boat sales dip below pre-pandemic levels

October 19th, 2022

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports new powerboat sales year-to-date were at 187,000 units through July, down 18% from the same period in 2021. While overall new powerboat sales decreased 11% compared to January through July in  pre-pandemic 2019, several categories continue to outpace pre-pandemic YTD sales levels, including new pontoons, wake sport boats […]

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Flexibility is key to navigating changing marine market

October 17th, 2022

When Rick Berkey’s marine shop was closed for three months due to COVID-19 restrictions, “it became clear we couldn’t rely on marine work alone to sustain us and our employees during the ebbs and flows of market changes,” he says. Berkey is the owner of Rick’s Custom Marine Canvas and Sail Repair, based in Cornelius, […]

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$39 million in federal grants for marine highways

October 14th, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded nearly $39 million in grants to 12 marine highway projects under the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The funding will help expand marine highway services on navigable waterways to reduce congestion, alleviate supply chain bottlenecks and move goods more quickly from ships to shelves. As part […]

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MFA hosts regional events, seeking shop layout videos

October 12th, 2022

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) had 80 fabricators and suppliers come together for the MFA Southeast Regional Workshop, September 16-17, 2022, at Canvas Designers, Inc. in Riviera Beach, Fla. The next regional event is the MFA Southwest Regional Workshop, November 11-12, 2022, at SewLong-Custom Covers LLC and SugarHouse Industries in Salt Lake City, Utah. To […]

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