Nearly 320,000 new boats sold in 2020

March 5, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) December New Powerboat Registrations Report shows that retail unit sales of new boats reached nearly 320,000 units in 2020, up 13% compared to 2019, levels the recreational boating industry hasn’t seen since 2008. New data show all powerboat segments saw growth in 2020, ranging between 8% and 22%. “New …

Feds send $1 billion to state wildlife agencies

March 3, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is distributing $1 billion to state wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). Generated by the hunting and angling industry, these funds support regional conservation projects across the country. The 2021 WSFR apportionment is $121 million higher than the 2020 apportionment due to increases …

New members join MFA

March 1, 2021

Anchored Boat Covers LLCJeady Lozada+1 404 862 9262Flowery Branch, Ga. BC Marine Canvas Lee Braytonwww.bcmarinecanvasri.comJohnston, R.I. Canvas King Erik Richard Petersoncanvaskingandco.comSpring Lake, Mich. Georges River CanvasAnne Mahlewww.georgesrivercanvas.comRockland, Maine Workshop i Trosa ABDragan Durbabawww.workshopab.seTrosa, Sweden Zimco Marina ServicesDonald R Zimmerwww.zimco.usEnglewood, Fla.

Industry Events

March 18, 2021MFA Virtual Series Free to members, online two-hour education sessionmarine.ifai.com/virtualseries April 7–11, 2021Atlantic City Boat ShowAtlantic City Convention CenterAtlantic City, N.J.www.acboatshow.com Sept. 10–12, 2021Tampa Boat ShowTampa Convention CenterTampa, Fla.www.tampaboatshow.com Sept. 23–26, 2021Norwalk Boat ShowNorwalk Cove MarinaNorwalk, Conn.www.boatshownorwalk.com Nov. 2–4, 2021IFAI Expo 2021Music City Center Nashville, Tenn.www.ifaiexpo.com Jan. 13–15, 2022MFA Conference 2022 Wild Dunes, Charleston’s Island ResortIsle …

Women in Textiles Virtual Summit speaker line-up announced

February 25, 2021

The Women in Textiles Virtual Summit taking place the afternoon of Thursday, March 4, and the morning of Friday, March 5 has announced its speaker line-up for the event. The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women and men through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important …

2021 Atlantic City Boat Show canceled

February 24, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has decided to cancel this year’s Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show. After exploring all avenues to move ahead with a 2021 event (originally postponed from Feb. to April 2021), and continuing to follow guidance from state/local authorities and the Atlantic City Convention Center, canceling the 2021 boat show …

MFA Virtual Series continues with awards, networking, shop tours and business smarts

February 22, 2021

The second session of the three-part Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Virtual Series took place Feb. 18 with attendees from across the U.S. and around the world. The central presentation, by Charlene Clark, Signature CanvasMakers, was called, “Scaling Your Business: Keys to Achieving Sustainable Growth.” Clark touched on the key elements needed to help effectively scale …

Minnesota boat builders busy with surging interest

February 19, 2021

A recent Minnesota StarTribune newspaper article reports that major boat manufacturers in Minnesota are scrambling to expand their payrolls in response to surging demand for leisure boats during the pandemic. According to the article, Brunswick’s production facility in New York Mills, Minn., where Lund and Crestliner boats are built, has added 114 positions in the …

2020 Outboard Engine Sales Trends Report available

February 18, 2021

The first section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, Outboard Engine Sales Trends, is now available. Outboard engine retail sales rose for the ninth consecutive year in 2020 to a total of 330,000 units, the highest annual sales volume in 20 years and up 18% compared to 2019. …

Multiple states unveil efforts to reduce single-use plastic

February 17, 2021

State legislators from nine states–California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington–recently announced a coordinated effort to establish single-use packaging reductions by holding producers responsible for the end-of-life management of plastic packaging, according to reporting from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Each measure follows the extended producer responsibility (EPR) model initiative …