Everglades National Park increases recreational access

May 21, 2020

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Everglades National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach …

Free guides helps marine businesses operate safely

May 19, 2020

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, along with trade association partners from across the marine industry, recently released a free 58-page publication aimed at helping marine dealers operate safely in a new marketplace concerned with the COVID-19 health crisis. The publication, titled “Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely,” provides a manual for running …

Report results: March retail sales, shipments and production amid COVID-19

May 14, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) March 2020 New Powerboat Registration Report and Monthly Shipment Report, as well as the quarterly Forecast on U.S. Boat Building Production from ITR Economics, are now available and illustrate how the recreational boating industry was impacted at the start of the COVID-19 public health crisis. While data shows solid …

Call for 2021 MFA Conference speakers closes Friday

May 12, 2020

Friday, May 15, is the deadline to apply to be a speaker at the 2021 MFA Conference being held Jan. 7-9, 2021, in New Orleans, La. Speakers share their expertise with industry colleagues and receive a complimentary registration to the conference. Proposals must be free of commercial content and will be reviewed by the 2021 …

MRAA offers dealer best practices, consumer boating tools

May 7, 2020

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) recently launched a series of resources to help marine industry dealers get back to work in a safe and effective manner.  Noting that dealerships around North America have remained only partially open in most areas—only 15 percent were “open for business as normal” at the end of …

Survey reports marine CEOs Q1 sentiments, impact of COVID-19 on business

May 6, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Q1 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. marine manufacturing, is now available. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new section of the Survey was added to capture specific feedback relating to business impacts–from supply chain disruptions …

Boating and fishing industry launch marketing campaign

May 5, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the non-profit Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) will launch an industry-wide marketing campaign in June that will share the restorative power of recreational boating and fishing at a time when the well-being of Americans is front and center. “Consumer insights show people are longing for a return …

Several states lift COVID-19 restrictions

May 4, 2020

Across the country, a number of COVID-19 related executive orders restricting commerce expired this week. Many of these states have implemented phase in plans and economic task forces to advise the government on the best course of action for safely reopening their economies. Here are updates on states where COVID-19 restrictions were recently lifted: Alabama …

Marine industry copes with coronavirus

May 1, 2020

Along with disinfecting, employee social distancing and observing shelter-in-place orders, many marine companies are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by shifting production from boat covers to face masks and shields. Mike Peterson, president of SugarHouse Industries, Salt Lake City, Utah, said in an article in The Salt Lake Tribune that his company retrofitted its factory …

Morbern named best managed company

Morbern, manufacturer of vinyl upholstery for the marine, automotive, RV and commercial interiors markets, has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2020. Morbern was one of only 30 Canadian companies to receive the designation, and this is the first time the company has been selected. Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed …