Nominations Sought for Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

November 16, 2017

NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill current and pending vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC), which advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to …

Hurricane damage to recreational boats is significant

November 14, 2017

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, with a combined dollar damage estimate of $655 million (boats only). These numbers are strikingly …

AllergoProtect bedding

November 9, 2017

AllergoProtect is a trio of products—mattress topper, duvet and pillow—which hold 99.5 percent of dust mite allergens inside the filling and the cover, even when shaken. This means allergens are not breathed in and no longer cause allergic reactions. The German research group Hohenstein developed a negatively-charged textile finish that attracts the positively-charged allergens like …

NMMA seeking input on hurricane relief

November 7, 2017

In the wakes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Congress has passed and President Trump has signed two disaster relief bills. One package signed in September provided $15.3 billion of initial funding primarily to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In October, a second $36.5 billion emergency package was approved by Congress that again was …

IFAI announces co-location with CAMX for IFAI Expo 2018

November 2, 2017

IFAI Expo 2018 will take place in Dallas, Texas, October 15-18 and will be co-located with The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). IFAI Expo has been the specialty fabrics industry’s leading event since 1918. CAMX is North America’s go-to composites event for products, solutions, networking and advanced industry thinking. “The goal of this co-location …

2018 MFA Conference: Community and strength to meet tough challenges

November 1, 2017

It’s been a rough fall for many in the marine industry—between the hurricanes and wildfires. That’s one of the reasons I want to encourage you to register for the 2018 MFA Conference on January 25-27 in Savannah, Ga., if you haven’t yet. After attending IFAI Expo this year in New Orleans, I was struck by …

2016 boating statistics available

October 31, 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) 2016 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which contains thousands of data points and insights on the boating industry, is now available for download or order. Highlights include: Annual retail sales of new boats, engines and marine accessories in the U.S. totaled $17.9 billion in 2016, up 8.1 percent from …

EXPO 2017 HUB winners announced

October 26, 2017

More than a hundred IFAI members took part in the daily prize drawings in the HUB at EXPO 2017. One business card was pulled out of the jar each day of the show and the winner received a $50 VISA gift card. On the last day, the lucky winner received a full registration to EXPO …

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

Boat sales decline slightly in September

October 25, 2017

Boat sales grew by slightly less than 4 percent in September, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. That’s down slightly from August numbers, when sales were up 4 percent. The report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. The boat sales growth rate …