METSTRADE 2021 plans taking shape

April 16th, 2021

With in-person events expected to go ahead later this year, METSTRADE 2021 will return with an in-person event November 16-18 in Amsterdam. The METSTRADE show is the world's largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international leisure marine industry. Organized by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry […]

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International Boating & Water Safety Summit to be held virtually, May 17-19

April 14th, 2021

Registration is now open for the virtual 2021 International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS), May 17-19. In its 24th year, IBWSS will explore “Partnerships for Progress”–a close look at how recreational boating and water safety communities collaborate to save lives around the world. Participate in daily sessions from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT, […]

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2022 MFA Conference call for speakers, shop tour locations

April 13th, 2021

Organizers of the 2022 Marine Fabricators Conference, which will be held Jan. 13-15, 2022, at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C., are looking for speakers and shop tour locations. Speaker proposals must be free of commercial content, and conference organizers are especially interested in educational sessions that provide hands-on demonstrations covering topics […]

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Boating Industry magazine announces 2021 roster of young marine industry leaders

April 8th, 2021

Boating Industry magazine announced its “40 Under 40” for 2021, a list of the top young leaders from across the recreational boating industry. The honorees were selected from hundreds of entries for their outstanding work in the industry and their potential to continue to carry the marine industry forward. Check out the list for 2021 […]

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Certified marine technician numbers increase with online learning

April 7th, 2021

Over the past year, 1,100 students have passed online courses to earn their professional-level marine technician certifications through the interactive online education course hosted by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that provides standards-based technical education for the marine industry. Additionally, 54 marine technicians have become ABYC Master Technicians, which is […]

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Water Sports Foundation launches National Boating Safety Media Center

April 6th, 2021

As part of a U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Outreach Grant, the Water Sports Foundation (WSF) is launching a new National Boating Safety Media Center, designed to facilitate and support the work of journalists assigned to cover boating safety topics. Housed within a dedicated section on, the National Boating Safety Media Center includes nearly […]

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Horizon marine upholstery collection expands

April 5th, 2021

Horizon Capriccio Pacific Blue, Photo courtesy of Sunbrella Sunbrella® announces two new colorways for Horizon™, the brand’s signature marine vinyl fabric that offers industry-leading protection against microbial pinking. Capriccio Salt is a clean and crisp shade that provides a versatile base to coordinate against any palette, from neutrals to brights to warm and cool tones. […]

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Does co-entrepreneurship lead to more divorce?

April 1st, 2021

By Michelle Miron Are divorce rates higher among couples that co-own a business? Consider the 24/7 togetherness, the disagreements over business decisions, the juggling of work and family, and the worries over the bottom line. How could that not translate into marital strife? Chandler and Charlene Clark, co-owners of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va., say […]

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IBEX plans for in-person event

March 30th, 2021

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) returns to the Tampa Convention Center Sept. 28-30, 2021. Organizers are planning for a safe in-person event, which will offer attendees access to more than 700+ exhibits in the exhibit halls, outdoor display space and on the IBEX Docks. Registration will open soon. More details to come.

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Fasnap promotes Grady

March 29th, 2021

Fasnap Corp. has promoted Ryan Grady to national sales manager. Grady joined Fasnap in 2003 and has served key marine textile markets in the southeastern U.S. as well as domestic and international military and textile markets. Having excelled in building customer relationships throughout the Southeast and Midwest, Grady was reassigned to Fasnap's Anaheim, Calif., branch […]

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