Boat manufacturing slows in September

December 1, 2020

The latest Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) shows new boat manufacturing activity in September pulled back for the second consecutive month following a summer of elevated growth. However, says Vicky Yu, NMMA’s director of business intelligence, shipments are likely to rebound as new parts are delivered to fulfill the …

Registration open for MFA Marine Workshop 2021

November 27, 2020

Registration is now open for The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Marine Workshop being held Feb. 18–19, 2021, at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. Co-located with the Fabricators Conference and Showcase, the MFA Marine Workshop 2021 offers hands-on training and marine fabrication education, networking opportunities with like-minded business owners, and opportunities to solve manufacturing …

Submission deadline extended for MFA Awards

The deadline to submit fabrication projects for a chance to win a Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Fabrication Excellence Award has been extended to Dec. 1, 2020. The submission process has been streamlined, the MFA has added two new categories, and entrants have the option of uploading up to six photos of a project. Fabrication Excellence …

Registration now open for ABYC’s virtual Standards Week

November 26, 2020

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that develops the safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, announced that registration is now open for its 12th annual Standards Week – Virtual & Extended, held Jan. 5-28, 2021. What has usually taken place over a week of day-long …

Powerboat retail sales rebound in September

November 25, 2020

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show new powerboat retail sales picked up in September after slowing down in July and August following record growth in June. New boat sales were up 22% compared to August and up 9% year to date (YTD) compared to 2019 on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Furthermore, September …

Free webinar discusses marine industry software tools

November 24, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is hosting a free webinar on Dec. 15, 2020, for IFAI members ($39 for non-members) discussing software specifically designed for marine fabricators. As the marine textile industry converts to mostly digital processes, this webinar will discuss software that can dramatically speed up the development of accurate 3D models and …

Chris-Craft announces new hires

Chris-Craft, a longtime boat builder headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., announced that Max Gordon has joined the company as regional sales director. Gordon comes to the company with 12 years of industry experience, most recently as sales manager at Gage Marine, Williams Bay, Wis. Also joining the company is Alec Decker as a sales associate–product specialist. …

ICOMIA 2019 Statistics Book now available

November 23, 2020

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has released the latest edition of its Recreational Boating Industry Statistics Book, now available at no charge to National Marine Manufacturing Association (NMMA) members. The annual ICOMIA Statistics Book provides key data and analysis from marine industry associations from around the globe. Highlights of the 2019 ICOMIA …

Virtual METSTRADE 2020 Dec. 10

Although the physical METSTRADE 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Amsterdam RAI, organizers of the event, are inviting the industry to participate in METSTRADE Connect 2020, taking place Dec.10, 2020. The event offers a new platform that will connect the leisure marine industry and enables professionals to meet new people and check out …

Government report highlights national economic benefits of outdoor rec

November 19, 2020

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released updated economic data on outdoor recreation’s powerful and positive economic impact on the U.S. economy showing $788 billion in economic output, comprising 2.1% of U.S. GDP and supporting 5.2 million jobs, as reported by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. The report includes national and state level data for …