275,000 new boats sold through November

January 21, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) November New Powerboat Registrations Report shows new powerboat retail unit sales were up 6 percent on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis and down 1 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) totaling 275,000 units. Insights from the November report include: •Sales of new personal watercraft and …

U.S. boat sales up in 2019, expected to remain strong in 2020

January 15, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that retail unit sales of new powerboats are estimated to have held steady in 2019 at approximately 280,000 units, the second highest total since 2007. The busy winter boat show season kicks off this week across the country and NMMA expects new powerboat sales to be up as …

Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

January 13, 2020

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the …

Annual advocacy survey ends soon

January 7, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s second annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2020 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. Direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust …

Chicago Boat and RV Show opens in early January

January 2, 2020

The Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show™ runs Jan. 8-12, 2020, at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. The show will have more than 600 boats and 100 recreational vehicles on display and include seminars and the latest in outdoor accessories. The show will have a pool where attendees can demo kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and sailboats. …

Deadline to enter 2020 Miami Innovation Awards is Jan. 10

December 31, 2019

The deadline to enter new products for the 2020 Miami International Boat Show® Innovation Awards is Jan. 10, 2020. The Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market, and the winners will be announced during the Miami Boat Show in February. The Innovation Awards program is managed by the National …

New powerboat registrations rise in October

December 26, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) October New Powerboat Registrations Report shows new powerboat retail unit sales were up 5 percent on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis and down 1 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) basis. Total new units sold in 2019 (through October) reached 261,600, signaling that total 2019 …

Minnesota creates outdoor recreation task force

December 17, 2019

Minnesota will create an Outdoor Recreation Task Force (ORTF) to study and identify economic and participation opportunities around the state’s robust outdoor recreation resources. The effort to create the task force was jointly pursued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota and was supported by many Minnesota outdoor recreation businesses—from boating …

New Jersey pledges $13 million to fight harmful algal blooms

December 11, 2019

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that his administration will distribute more than $13 million to fund a new initiative to reduce and prevent future harmful algal bloom outbreaks in New Jersey. The program will fund science-based prevention, mitigation, study and response efforts across the state. In 2019, there were more than 70 suspected and …

Garmin receives DAME Design Awards

December 3, 2019

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced it was honored with wins in two categories in the 2019 DAME Design Awards, an annual competition that celebrates marine equipment design. The Garmin Force trolling motor and the GPSMAP 86i marine handheld with inReach® satellite communication capabilities received top DAME accolades in the ‘Machinery, Propulsion, …