December 2023

  • Published On: December 21, 2023

    California’s marine and boating industries are set to meet in Sacramento on March 12-13, 2024, to impact state legislators and regulators on issues facing marinas, boating, waterways and recreation. The 8th annual event brings together industry groups to hear from statewide leaders, policymakers, legislators, and more to gain a keen understanding on legislation and regulatory [...]

  • Published On: December 20, 2023

    More than 1,500 marine industry professionals attended the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) 2023 Dealer Week Conference and Expo, held Dec. 4-7, in Tampa, Fla., establishing records for total registration, dealership attendance, number of exhibitors and expo hall floor space coverage. Dealership attendance set a new high-water mark at 721 dealership personnel, while [...]

  • Published On: December 19, 2023

    Advanced Textiles Expo, formerly known as IFAI Expo, the premier industrial, specialty and advanced textiles event in the U.S., is now accepting presentation applications for the 2024 show. Organizers are looking for presenters to share their knowledge and market advice in the following categories: Advanced Textiles and Smart Fabrics Shade and Weather Protection Specialty Fabrics [...]

  • Published On: December 14, 2023

    MarineMax, one of the largest marine boat retailers in the U.S., recently established a Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Program for the State of Florida. The three-year program consists of hands-on mentor-led and online self-led training at an assigned Florida location. It can be shortened to 1.5 years with approved experience. The Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship [...]

  • Published On: December 13, 2023

    Trivantage®, a specialty fabrics distributor, announced the promotion of Brett Baird to vice president of sales. In his new role, Baird will lead the commercial sales team with an emphasis on enhancing the customer experience. “At Trivantage, we always strive to give our customers what they need, when they need it,” said Baird. “My goal [...]

  • Published On: December 13, 2023

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is a source of comprehensive industry data for recreational boating intelligence. The data presented in the newest report spans 2008-2022, and can help the marine industry better understand industry growth and shifts in market behavior by analyzing the data and presenting information including these [...]

  • Published On: December 12, 2023

    In October, the Canadian federal government announced a streamlined process to enact restrictions on the use of recreational boats on its waterways. Under this new process, the Minister of Transport has the authority to issue interim restriction orders upon receiving a request from other levels of government, including municipalities. The federal government is temporarily using [...]

  • Published On: December 7, 2023

    The latest sales trends report for the pre-owned market, part of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2022 Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, is now available for download. Following two years of historically high growth, pre-owned boat unit sales decreased by 20.4% as compared to 2021. The top three provinces for pre-owned recreational boat unit [...]

  • Published On: December 6, 2023

    The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) have announced the all-new Service Management Certification program, which they partnered to develop. The program includes an 11-course online training program with downloadable workbook, a printed study guide and a proctored exam. It was created under the guidance of [...]

  • Published On: December 5, 2023

    The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) will have a presence at these upcoming Zone Partner Events: Canvas Products Association (CPA) Zone 7 Conference The Canvas Products Association (CPA) Zone 7 Conference is being held Dec. 6-8, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio, at The Westin Great Southern. The conference features sessions on transitioning away from PFAS, and sessions [...]