Oregon legislature passes towed water sports program

July 9, 2019

The Oregon Senate passed HB 2352, which creates a towed water sports program in the state and now awaits Governor Kate Brown’s signature. HB 2352 creates a $124 biannual boating permit for wake boat operators along a 17 mile stretch of the Willamette River. Operators will also have to take a towing safety education course …

Federal grants pay for boating infrastructure projects

June 27, 2019

The Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, which funnels federal fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters back to the states to attract visiting boaters with amenities such as secure overnight dockage, has $24.7 million in funds available to local governments, port agencies, private marinas and boat clubs. The associated visiting boater spending that BIG projects draw …

2018 Powerboat Sales Trends report available

June 13, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2018 Powerboat Sales Trends report is now available. It includes annual retail unit sales totals by propulsion category, market share data by length and boat type, estimated total annual retail sales and average price information. The data show retail unit sales of new outboard, inboard and sterndrive boats were …

EPA seeks comments about impact of ethanol fuel on air quality

March 12, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments regarding a proposed consent decree related to Sierra Club v. Pruitt, which calls for a study to determine whether renewable fuel volumes–including more ethanol in the fuel supply–will adversely impact air quality as a result of changes in vehicle and engine …

Hurricane damage to recreational boats is significant

November 14, 2017

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, with a combined dollar damage estimate of $655 million (boats only). These numbers are strikingly …

Sand Sea and Air accepting supply donations for Puerto Rico

October 4, 2017

Terri Madden, the owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a regular contributor to Marine Fabricator magazine, recently contacted IFAI to provide an update of the situation facing her business as well as many others on the hurricane-ravaged island. “I am more fortunate than most,” Madden says. …

IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

Snag-A-Slip to use new financing to expand

Snag-A-Slip is poised to take a big step toward its goal of becoming the Priceline of boat slip booking. The Baltimore-based company plans to use the new funding to overhaul its online and mobile application, add 30 employees to its staff of 45, and add hundreds more marinas to its network. It hopes to offer …

Mold, Mildew and Harmful Bacteria in Textiles: Can Your Fabrics Be Protected?

February 16 | Noon – 1 p.m. EST Companies can have their carefully built reputations ruined overnight when mold, mildew or other harmful bacteria are found on their fabrics. With a global supply chain, a complex distribution network and uncontrolled shipping environments, this scenario, while not the norm, can create expensive problems for companies within the …

National marine sanctuaries seeking advisory council applicants

February 6, 2017

Six national marine sanctuaries and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve are seeking applicants for vacant seats on their advisory councils. The sanctuary advisory councils are community-based groups whose insights guide management decisions and community relations for each sanctuary site. Candidates are selected based on expertise and experience in relation to the role for …