Wisconsin establishes outdoor recreation office

July 16, 2019

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed the state’s budget bill into law, which subsequently created the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the state’s tourism department–an initiative that will help expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the state. With this measure, Wisconsin becomes the 14th state to establish an outdoor recreation office. Wisconsin’s tourism secretary-designee, Sara Meaney, said, …

Brommer joins Herculite

July 11, 2019

Matt Brommer has been named marketing manager for Herculite Inc., a leader in flexible composite textiles for performance applications in solar protection, marine, tents and structures, health care and digital graphics. In this newly created position, Brommer is responsible for Herculite’s marketing communications programs designed to increase awareness and promote growth of the company’s products …

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 …

New members join MFA

July 1, 2019

Bluebird Canvas Sophie Candille www.bluebirdcanvas.comLa Honda, Calif.    Clearview Canvas Company Frank Beck www.clearviewcanvasco.comScottsdale, Ariz.    Cooper’s Canvas Justin Cooper www.coopersmarinecanvas.comSaint Augustine, Fla.   Marvin’s Marine Canvas Marvin Zimmerman www.marvinsmarinecustom.comWilson, N.Y.    PhotoModeler Technologies Alan Walford www.photomodeler.comVancouver, BC, Canada   Sea To Sky Canvas & Upholstery Shanna Bloom www.propertiesbyshanna.comChugiak, Ark.    Top Stitch Marine Canvas …

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 …

Oregon legislature approves access permit requirement for nonmotorized boats

June 25, 2019

The Oregon Senate and House passed legislation (SB47) that requires operators of nonmotorized boats to purchase a waterway access permit. The new access permit envelops the former aquatic invasive species permit and broadens its use by creating a waterway access fund. The legislation would require adults to purchase a $17 permit before floating a raft, …

New Florida boat titling law

June 20, 2019

Florida’s Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676) was recently signed into law. Recreational boat enthusiasts and industry partners pushed for the legislation as a way to protect consumers from buying damaged, destroyed or stolen boats. The new titling law includes significant consumer protections for boaters; similar to the way Carfax identifies a vehicle’s …

New Sunbrella fabric resists pinking

June 18, 2019

Sunbrella® Horizon is the company’s first non-woven marine seating fabric crafted to withstand life on the water, including consequences from the notorious pinking effect. It is backed by a three-year warranty against bacterial staining, a first for marine vinyl products. In addition, Sunbrella Horizon carries a five-year limited warranty against loss of strength and color, …

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 …

Registration open for IBEX 2019

June 11, 2019

Registration is now open for the 29th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), being held October 1-3 at the Tampa Convention Center. IBEX is North America’s largest trade event for recreational marine industry professionals, with three exhibit halls, outdoor displays and demos on the IBEX docks. It also offers training and education from industry experts …