Florida passes boat titling law

May 9, 2019

The Florida Legislature approved the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676) and sent the bill to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) heralded the legislation’s passage, calling titling a vital tool in the effort to protect consumers from buying damaged, destroyed, or stolen boats.  “The consumer benefits …

Regional marine workshops now open for registration

May 7, 2019

Join the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) for regional workshops to learn hands-on marine fabrication education in a shop setting. Build your network with like-minded business owners and share business information while you socialize and tour the marine shop. The MFA Southeast Regional Workshop will take place at Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery LLC, in Gulfport, …

New members join MFA

May 1, 2019

Back Creek Canvas Shawn James www.backcreekcanvas.com Norwell, Mass.  D Squared and Blu Water Canvas Deborah Dorland Selak www.bluwatercanvas.com Tahoe City, Calif.  Dunlap Industries Inc. Mike Kwasnik www.dunlapworld.com Dunlap, Tenn.    Even Keel Canvas Whitney Carman www.evenkeelcanvas.com El Segundo, Calif.    Hayden Island Canvas Josh Davis www.haydenislandcanvas.com Portland, Ore.    Kustom Kovers Dennis Ogburn www.kustomkovers.com Daytona …

New powerboat registrations up 3.8 percent

April 30, 2019

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) New Powerboat Registrations Report, preliminary data shows new powerboat registrations were up 3.8 percent through February on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) basis. Tow boats, personal watercraft and pontoons boats were growth leaders with respective sales up 9.9 percent, 8.7 percent and 4.1 percent R12M YOY …

Free boating marketing materials available

April 25, 2019

GrowBoating.org offers a variety of free printed marketing materials to marine industry professionals to distribute to their customers. The materials, which feature boating lifestyle imagery, include window clings, posters, bumper stickers, floor decals. the Beginner’s Guide to Boating brochures, and educational flyers such as the Boating Safety Checklist, the Knot Tying Guide and the Vessel …

Women in marine manufacturing honored with STEP Ahead Award

April 23, 2019

Kim Shaller, Purchasing Manager, Boston Whaler Boats, and Judith Zelisko, Vice President, Tax, Brunswick Corporation, received the Manufacturing Institute’s 2019 STEP Ahead Award. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. The Manufacturing Institute presented awards to 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders (women …

Spring 2019 boating safety circular available

April 18, 2019

The spring 2019 Boating Safety Circular (BSC) is now available for downloading from the Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety’s website. Click here to access the BSC. This BSC issue includes: •HINs for Racing Vessels •Recreational Boat Safe Loading and Flotation Regulations •Summary of MIBS 2019 Inspection Citations by Type •Capacity Label 101 – Back …

Senate confirms Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior

April 16, 2019

The U.S. Senate confirmed David Bernhard to be the next Secretary of the Interior. Bernhardt was previously serving as acting Secretary following Secretary Ryan Zinke’s departure in January. Recently, Bernhardt issued two secretarial orders promoting recreation. The first established a departmental task force to facilitate and prioritize the implementation of the Dingell Act, wide-reaching public …

$1 billion to states for recreation access, conservation

April 11, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across all 50 states and U.S. territories. The funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting, fishing equipment and boat fuel. Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife …

$20 million in grants for recreational boating projects

April 9, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program continues its contributions to recreational boaters and local communities through this year’s award of $20.6 million in grants to states and U.S. territories to support recreational boating. Grantees use BIG funds to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities with features for transient …