2024 MFA Conference call for speakers

March 30th, 2023

The 2024 Marine Fabricators Conference will take place Jan. 25–27, 2024, at the Tradewinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Fla. The call for speakers is an opportunity for fabricators and their organizations to help develop valuable and worthwhile content that conference attendees are eager to hear. The conference will feature a variety of education […]

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2023 IAA Awards submissions portal now open

March 29th, 2023

The 2023 International Achievement Awards (IAA), which recognize design excellence and technical skill in specialty fabrics, are now open for entry. The awards recognize outstanding and innovative projects in 42 categories including advanced textiles, awnings and canopies, fabric environments, fabric structures, geosynthetic projects, marine and tent, and there are many subcategories. Sponsored by IFAI (now […]

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Glen Raven phases out PFAS chemicals

March 28th, 2023

Glen Raven Inc. announced it has begun to phase out PFAS chemicals across its global fabric portfolio. The company began incorporating optimal non-PFAS solutions into production in February, and all production will be transitioned to non-PFAS by the end of 2023. In addition, all new fabric designs, including for the company’s flagship Sunbrella® brand, will […]

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2024 Marine Fabricators Conference location chosen

March 23rd, 2023

The 2024 Marine Fabricators Conference will take place Jan. 25–27, 2024, at the Tradewinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Fla. The conference will feature a variety of education and networking events including hands-on technical education, classroom presentations on business topics, a welcome reception, awards dinner, and an extensive show floor. The conference is designed […]

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Canada study predicts job losses and lower sales revenue due to luxury tax

March 22nd, 2023

The Canadian government’s proposed “luxury tax” on new recreational boats valued above $250,000 CAD went into effect September 1, 2022. This month, the Canadian Department of Finance released a study and analysis on the economic impacts of the tax, which predicts a severe drop in sales revenue and hundreds of job losses from the federal […]

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Onboard Interiors acquires Hood Marine Canvas

March 21st, 2023

As reported by the Marblehead Current, Marblehead, Mass., Krisha Plauche', owner of Onboard Interiors and a marine fabricator who has been in business for 20 years, will acquire Hood Marine Canvas Co. to create a one-stop shop for Marblehead boaters and sailors by combining her showroom and canvas manufacturing. “For the last 20 years, everyone […]

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MRAA releases Dealer Week business podcasts

March 16th, 2023

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) has released eight special-edition “The Boat Biz” podcasts. Recorded at MRAA’s Dealer Week Conference and Expo in Austin in December 2022, the podcasts feature eight guests—two MRAA Strategic Partners (Boats Group and Lightspeed) and six MRAA Education Champions (Boatline, Elite Recreational Finance, Global Marine Insurance, National Marine […]

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Registration opens for the 2023 American Boating Congress

March 15th, 2023

Registration for the recreational boating industry’s annual advocacy event, the American Boating Congress, is now open to all industry stakeholders. The American Boating Congress (ABC) will return to Washington, D.C., from May 8-10, 2023, bringing together all segments of the recreational boating industry to share its collective voice on Capitol Hill and address pressing matters […]

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USDOT announces funding for the U.S. Marine Highway Program

March 14th, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity making $12,423,000 available in Fiscal Year 2023 funds through the United States Marine Highway Program (USMHP), previously named America’s Marine Highway Program. The USMHP seeks to increase the use of America’s navigable waterways, especially where water-based transport is the most […]

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California DBW begins invasive plant control program

March 9th, 2023

California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has announced its plans for this year’s Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Program in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its southern tributaries. Starting March 1, DBW will begin herbicide treatments to control water hyacinth, South American spongeplant, Uruguay water primrose, Alligator weed, Brazilian waterweed, curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasian […]

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