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, …

New Grow Boating chairperson named

November 28, 2019

In early November, Bryan Seti, general manager of sales and marketing, Yamaha WaterCraft Group, was elected chairperson of the Grow Boating Board of Directors during its annual meeting in Chicago. Seti succeeds Joe Lewis, owner and general manager of Mt. Dora Boating Center, who served as chairperson from 2011 through October 2019. Seti joined Yamaha …

Free boating marketing materials available

November 14, 2019

Access a variety of free Discover Boating promotional materials and marketing resources on GrowBoating.org in the “Tools You Can Use” section. Explore these resources to help promote your business and increase your engagement with consumers on a local level. Discover Boating marketing materials, collateral and tools include: •Social media content (via the Get Social with …

Marine manufacturing confidence remains stable

November 7, 2019

As the recreational boating industry prepares to close out 2019, the second highest level of sales in 12 years, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) member manufacturer confidence continues to be favorable with 78 percent of CEOs stating business is stable or expanding (51 percent stable and 27 percent expanding). The report comes from NMMA’s Marine …

New Hampshire establishes outdoor recreation office

October 24, 2019

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu recently signed legislation establishing the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development within the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA). This legislation formalizes the state’s commitment to the businesses, natural assets and attractions that make up the outdoor recreation industry, which employs nearly 38,000 people in New Hampshire …

New powerboat registrations down slightly through August

October 22, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) New Powerboat Registrations Report shows that new powerboat sales were down slightly (0.9 percent) on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis and down 2 percent on a rolling three-month year-over-year basis through August. Total new units sold to date in 2019 reached 274,200, and by year-end are expected to be …

Initiative to further increase availability of E15

October 17, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new initiative to expand the use of biofuels like E15 across the country. The proposal follows the administration’s decision earlier this year to lift the summertime ban on E15 sales. The newest initiative seeks to pump more than 15 billion gallons …

2019 Chairman’s Award winner: Scott Campbell, Rainier Industries

October 8, 2019

The Chairman’s Award (originally, the President’s Award) is an honor bestowed by the chairman of IFAI to an individual that has had an extraordinary and meaningful impact on the association. It is rarely given, and awarded at the sole discretion of the IFAI chairman. At IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI chairman Steve …

New leadership for IFAI

October 2, 2019

Each year, the Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) follows a detailed process outlined in association bylaws for electing new board members. As recently announced at IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo in Orlando, the following individuals have been chosen to serve on the IFAI board of directors: Ron Houle, president …

Correct Craft CEO to chair federal recreation advisory panel

October 1, 2019

Bill Yeargin, the president and CEO of Correct Craft, was elected to serve as chair of the Department of the Interior’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee (ORAC) – a board comprised of recreation industry representatives that counsels Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on policies to expand access to and improve infrastructure on public lands …