Marine entrepreneur acquires Hydro-Turf

October 29, 2020

Marine and powersports entrepreneur, Greg Pickren, has acquired Hydro-Turf, a manufacturer of watercraft traction mats and seat covers located in Anaheim, Calif. Pickren’s holdings include Marine Mat, SEI Marine Products, API Marine, 4XPro, East Lake Axle, Watercraft Superstore, SBT, BlackTip Jet Sports, Adonis Impellers, and Pacific Big Wave. The family of companies are headquartered in …

August powerboat retail sales up 8 percent

October 22, 2020

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show that August new powerboat retail sales were up 8% year to date on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to a year ago. Highlights from NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations dashboard include: While new powerboat retail sales slowed in August following unprecedented increases in the early summer months …

White House executive order targets water management and infrastructure

October 21, 2020

The White House released an executive order to “to improve our country’s water resource management, modernize our water infrastructure, and prioritize the availability of clean, safe, and reliable water supplies,” according to www.whitehouse.gov. The order would create a new Water Policy Committee, also known as the Water Subcabinet, to be co-chaired by the Interior and …

Boat shipments, powerboat sales continue to climb

October 5, 2020

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show wholesale shipments of new boats increased for the third consecutive month in July, doubling compared to June on a seasonally adjusted basis, as boat building production continued to gain momentum across all boat categories. The latest data also show new powerboat retail sales continuing to …

Minnesota DNR seeks applications for Game and Fish Fund Oversight Committees

September 30, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking applications for two-year term positions on the Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC) and Wildlife Oversight Committee (WOC) for the Game and Fish Fund. Applications must be submitted online by September 30. The responsibility of these committees is to review and make recommendations on how the DNR spends …

Sea Tow calls for safety award entries

September 23, 2020

The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, announced the official call for entry for its “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.” The deadline for entries is Oct. 15. The 2020 contest features an enhanced series of categories which recognize top boating safety programs and campaigns within the for-profit segment …

Get listed in the Marine Fabricator 2021 Buyer’s Guide

September 14, 2020

The annual call for listings in the Marine Fabricator 2021 Buyer’s Guide is now open. Thousands of companies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services for their businesses. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of fabric, film and foam; hardware and findings; end products and services; and equipment and tools. This year’s Buyer’s …

U.S. Coast Guard awards $3.8 million in grants to nonprofits for boating safety

September 11, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded 27 competitive grants totaling more than $3.8 million for recreational boating safety, according to the Coast Guard News. The grants are funded by the federal Sport Fishing Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which receives the majority of its funding from the recreational boating and fishing community. Ten national nonprofit …

IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 registration is open

September 10, 2020

Registration is now open for IFAI Expo 2020, which will be hosted exclusively online Nov. 2–12, 2020, in a robust digital platform designed to provide many exciting opportunities for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Attendees, no matter their role, will be able to discover new products, network and help grow their businesses. Attendees can explore the …

Secretary Bernhardt announces expansion of hunting and fishing on public lands

August 25, 2020

In a U.S. Department of Interior press release, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the opening and expansion of more than 850 hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 147 national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. According to the release, this rule is the single largest expansion …