• Coral reef off southeast U.S. covers area larger than Vermont

    Published On: January 23, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

    Covering 6.4 million acres, an area larger than Vermont, an underwater seascape of cold-water coral mounds off the shore of the southeast United States coast has been deemed the largest deep-sea coral reef habitat discovered to date, according to a paper recently published in the scientific journal Geomatics. "This strategic multiyear and multi-agency effort [...]

  • U.S. boat sales cool following COVID-era demand surge

    Published On: January 17, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

    As the U.S. recreational boating industry enters the busy winter boat show selling season, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which represents 85% of the country’s recreational boat, marine engine and accessory manufacturers, reports new powerboat retail sales are estimated to be down slightly in 2023, approximately 1% to 3%, to 258,000 units. For [...]

  • 2024 Life Jacket Loaner Program Grant Application now open

    Published On: January 16, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

    The Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting boating safety, has opened its Life Jacket Loaner Program Grant Application for the 2024 season. Administered through the U.S. Coast Guard's Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, this grant program enables the Sea Tow Foundation to collaborate with communities nationwide, extending the reach of [...]

  • Brunswick Corp. announces solar installations for manufacturing facilities

    Published On: January 10, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

    Brunswick Corporation has announced the completion of solar installations at three of its global facilities including its first project in Mexico. Brunswick’s Reynosa facility, which manufactures its award-winning Bayliner, Trophy, Heyday, Sea Ray, and Lund brands, has installed more than 900 photovoltaic solar panels covering 4,000 square meters on the roof of the facility. The [...]

  • 2024 boat show season kicks off in Atlanta, Boston and Chicago

    Published On: January 9, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

    Kicking off the 2024 winter boat show season, in partnership with Progressive Insurance®, are the Discover Boating Chicago Boat Show and Discover Boating New England Boat Show, both running January 10-14, and the Discover Boating Atlanta Boat Show, running January 11-14. The 2024 Discover Boating boat show schedule is as follows: Discover Boating® Chicago Boat [...]

  • EU-US agree to continue suspension of Section 232 tariffs

    Published On: January 4, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

    The United States and European Union (EU) have reached an agreement to not reimpose Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU and Europe’s retaliatory tariffs on American exports into the EU, including American-made boats. Section 232 tariffs caused several key international markets, including the EU, to impose retaliatory tariffs on uniquely [...]

  • Boat dealers exempt from new FTC auto regulations

    Published On: January 3, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the final version of its Auto Rule, renamed the Combating Auto Retail Scams (CARS) Rule, exempting marine retailers and other non-automotive dealers. The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and its coalition partners requested that recreational boat dealers be exempted from the requirements of the rule. In its [...]

  • California Boating Congress set for Sacramento

    Published On: December 21, 2023Categories: Industry News, News

    California’s marine and boating industries are set to meet in Sacramento on March 12-13, 2024, to impact state legislators and regulators on issues facing marinas, boating, waterways and recreation. The 8th annual event brings together industry groups to hear from statewide leaders, policymakers, legislators, and more to gain a keen understanding on legislation and regulatory [...]

  • MRAA Dealer Week Conference & Expo exceeds attendance records

    Published On: December 20, 2023Categories: Industry News, News

    More than 1,500 marine industry professionals attended the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) 2023 Dealer Week Conference and Expo, held Dec. 4-7, in Tampa, Fla., establishing records for total registration, dealership attendance, number of exhibitors and expo hall floor space coverage. Dealership attendance set a new high-water mark at 721 dealership personnel, while [...]

  • MarineMax launches Florida marine tech apprenticeship program

    Published On: December 14, 2023Categories: Industry News, News

    MarineMax, one of the largest marine boat retailers in the U.S., recently established a Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Program for the State of Florida. The three-year program consists of hands-on mentor-led and online self-led training at an assigned Florida location. It can be shortened to 1.5 years with approved experience. The Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship [...]