Wake boating activities restricted along Spokane river

July 23, 2021

After three months of public hearings, amendments and strong opposition from the recreational boating community, the Kootenai County Commission in Kootenai County, Idaho, passed an ordinance prohibiting boaters from engaging in activities that create “excessive wakes” by a 2-1 vote, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The ordinance defines “excessive wake” as “plowing …

Free boating marketing content available

July 20, 2021

Discover Boating B2B has free marketing tools and resources available for fabricators to share on their websites and social channels to help drive consumer engagement. These include interactive boat buying tools such as a Boat Loan Calculator and Boat Finder, which can be embedded directly on a fabricator’s website. Other resources include an industry-wide “Get …

RBIEF awards record scholarship funds

July 15, 2021

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) more than doubled the amount of funds distributed this year compared to years past, as qualified applicants express keen interest in careers in the marine industry. The Foundation awarded $18,500 in scholarship funds to 10 students, according to boatingindustry.com.  The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1986 by …

NOAA announces Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary

July 13, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently announced the designation of the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The area on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin has been under consideration for national marine sanctuary status since 2014. The sanctuary will make up 962-square-miles in Lake Michigan on the Wisconsin side …

New powerboat sales remain strong through April

July 8, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports new boat sales remained strong through April, according to the latest New Powerboat Registrations Report. Data shows retail unit sales of new powerboats were up 32 percent on a rolling 12-month (R12M) year-over-year (YOY) basis through April, reflecting the surge in demand and sales over the past year. …

Michigan DNR approves $4 million in boating grants

July 6, 2021

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that more than $4 million in grant funding will be awarded to 23 communities throughout the state to boost recreational boating, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The funding is made possible through the DNR Parks and Recreation Division’s waterways grant program, which began in …

2021 Shipyard Safety Awards announced

July 2, 2021

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance, and repair industry, recently announced the recipients of its annual shipyard safety awards. SCA honors shipbuilding and repair organizations with the “Excellence in Safety,” “Improvement in Safety” and “Significant Safety Achievement” awards each year for enhancement of operations and promotion of …

2020 powerboat sales trends report available

July 1, 2021

The Powerboat Sales Trends section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available on nmma.org. This section includes retail sales trends for new traditional powerboats for 2020 in each of the four propulsion categories (outboard, sterndrive, inboard, and jet), as well as data from 2008-2020, as well …

2020 U.S. Boating Statistical Abstract now available

June 24, 2021

The Total Industry Sales by Category and State section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available. Total recreational marine expenditures reached a high of $49.4 billion in 2020, up 14.2% from 2019, in a record year for the boating industry as Americans sought ways to spend …

US Senate passes legislation regarding Section 301 tariffs

June 16, 2021

The U.S. Senate has passed comprehensive legislation that establishes a new exclusion process for products impacted by the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China and reinstates exclusions for products that previously received an exclusion, according to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association website. The comprehensive legislation, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S.1260), supports American …