Industry leaders upbeat about marine business

December 18, 2018

For the third quarter of 2018, marine manufacturer CEOs and top-level executives remain overwhelmingly upbeat in their assessment of current business conditions as they navigate headwinds, primarily from tariffs, rising raw materials costs, and the labor shortage. The report comes from the National Marine Manufacturers Association Marine CEO Sentiment Survey. For Q3, 65 percent of …

Call for Entries for 2019 Minneapolis Innovation Awards

December 13, 2018

The Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show’s Innovation Awards program is now open for submissions. Eligible exhibitors can enter new products into three product categories: aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass fishing boats and pontoon boats. Entrants to the 2019 program will have a chance to win and also boost their product’s visibility through inclusion in the Show …

Free boating safety brochures available

December 11, 2018

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is offering a series of free boating safety brochures on a variety of topics to help educate consumers on important boating safety guidelines. The series is available in print-ready and digital formats at no cost to the recreational marine industry. Topics in NMMA’s Boating Safety Awareness Series are: • …

First annual Sewn Products Reshoring Award

December 6, 2018

The sewing trade association SEAMS and The Reshoring Initiative will award the first annual Sewn Products Reshoring Award. The award is open to all companies that have successfully reshored the sewing of any product to the U.S., accelerating the Made in America movement. Eligibility for this award must include production reshoring from offshore back to …

Covin Sales launches new website

December 4, 2018

Covin Sales & Converting has a new website featuring an enhanced look, easy navigation and a more user-friendly experience. For more than 20 years, Covin Sales has provided a wide range of fabrics, resources, solutions and services at competitive prices. The new website features industrial fabrics for many different industries including awning and marine. Visit …

Florida funding available to replace marine diesel engines

November 29, 2018

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has introduced a program to cover up to 40 percent of the cost for replacing eligible marine diesel engines with new marine diesel engines. Applications are due to the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management by Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and funded projects must be completed before June 30, …

Marine industry veteran retires

November 27, 2018

Jim Krueger, who started his marine industry career in 1972 at Cruisers Inc. in engineering and sales, and spent the next 45 years working for various companies around the industry, has retired. Following his time at Cruisers, Krueger worked for Sea Ray, Bertram Yachts, Trojan Yacht, Tollycraft Yacht, Shamrock Boats, Luhrs Marine Group and finally …

Free boating marketing materials

November 22, 2018

Business owners can access a variety of free Discover Boating promotional materials and marketing resources on GrowBoating.org in the ‘Tools You Can Use’ section. These resources are available to help promote businesses and increase customer engagement on a local level. Discover Boating marketing materials, collateral and tools include: •Promotional materials (including videos, window clings, floor …

Marine Fabricators Conference registration going strong

November 20, 2018

Online registration continues for the 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference, Jan. 10-12, onboard the Queen Mary, a historic 1930’s steamship that has been decommissioned and permanently moored in Long Beach, Calif. The conference features three full days of education including the design, patterning and fabrication of lumbar cushions, compartmental cushions and beveling basics. Additional sessions include …

IFAI Expo 2018 attracts international crowd

November 15, 2018

The 98th IFAI Expo attracted more than 4,350 verified registered participants from IFAI Expo and 500 scanned leads from CAMX to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for the three-day event. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with more than 800 different exhibitors, including those from CAMX, hear expert advice at more than 69 educational …