September powerboat registrations on par with last year

November 19, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) September New Powerboat Registrations Report showed new powerboat retail sales down slightly to 0.9 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) basis and up a healthy 5 percent on a rolling three-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis through September. Total new units sold in 2019 (through September) reached 251,000. …

Marine Fabricator wins publishing awards

November 12, 2019

The Minnesota Media and Publishing Association recognized Marine Fabricator magazine, led by senior editor Elisa Bernick, with a Bronze Award and a Silver Award in publishing excellence for how-to articles, “Seam finishing for marine cushions and covers” and “Zipper basics and helpful sewing techniques.” Both articles were written by Terri Madden, owner of Sand Sea …

Nominations sought for 2020 Freedman Award

November 5, 2019

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Recipients of the Freedman Award are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation. The following are categories for consideration: •Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturer •Marine representative •Member …

2018 statistical abstract available

October 31, 2019

The complete edition of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2018 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available in the Statistics section of NMMA.org. This report is the most comprehensive collection of industry data and a trusted source for recreational boating statistics. Key insights from the 2018 Statistical Abstract include: •Consumer spending on boats, …

IBEX Innovation Award winners announced

October 8, 2019

The 2019 IBEX Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), were presented at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in early October. Eight BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners from more than 100 entries submitted by marine …

Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …

ABYC publishes boat building and repair standards

August 6, 2019

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) recently published its 59th supplement of Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which covers all major boat systems and provides the industry with the latest in boat building and repair standards. ABYC standards are continuously researched, developed and revised by more than 400 volunteer technical experts …

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 …