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

April 14, 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, …

2022 MFA Conference call for speakers, shop tour locations

April 13, 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 …

Boating Industry magazine announces 2021 roster of young marine industry leaders

April 8, 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 …

Certified marine technician numbers increase with online learning

April 7, 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 …

Water Sports Foundation launches National Boating Safety Media Center

April 6, 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 …

Horizon marine upholstery collection expands

April 5, 2021

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. Capriccio Pacific Blue is a bright and sophisticated …

Does co-entrepreneurship lead to more divorce?

April 1, 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 …

IBEX plans for in-person event

March 30, 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.

New Atlanta Boat Show roles announced

March 26, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced the promotion of Courtney Erhardt to show manager for the Progressive® Insurance Atlanta Boat Show. Erhardt will also be responsible for exhibit space sales in her new role. Erhardt has worked for the NMMA for 15 years coordinating operations for numerous trade and consumer events—including for the …

Sattler hires regional sales manager for shade and marine division

March 24, 2021

Sattler AG announces the addition of Mike Weunski as regional sales manager, shade and marine division. Weunski comes to Sattler with more than 20 years of experience in the shade and marine industry, most recently as sales and operations manager at Docril Fabrics LLC. In his new role, he will manage key customer relations, with …