Rainier to acquire Sea2Sky Upholstery

February 26, 2019

Rainier Industries will acquire Sea2Sky Upholstery, a full-service canvas and upholstery company covering customers’ needs in aviation, marine, auto, residential and commercial furniture upholstery services. With this acquisition, Rainier Industries further extends its reach into the canvas and upholstery market. Rainier currently is known for its expertise in providing a proprietary, semi-rigid and crystal-clear window …

NMMA hosting first fly-in in March

February 21, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will hold its first state political fly-in on March 20-21 in Tallahassee, Fla. The event will focus on making sure conservation, consumer protection and infrastructure are high on decision-makers’ priority lists. NMMA said in its Currents newsletter that weaving its state and regional economic impact data into meetings with …

Christensen Yachts sold to military boat builder

February 19, 2019

Christensen Yachts will be vacating its longtime headquarters in Vancouver, Wash., according to the Seattle Times. The site was purchased by Vigor Industrial. The commercial yard will use the former yacht-building facility to build new landing craft for the U.S. Army. Vigor said it will close two other plants in the area and move about …

Boating industry survey results released

February 14, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) released the results from its first boating industry policy survey. More than 1,500 responded to the survey and the results will play an important role in shaping NMMA’s 2019 legislative policy priorities. According to the survey results, the industry’s top five issues are: 1. Ethanol and fuel (E15) 2. …

Cruise Ship Interiors Expo 2019

February 12, 2019

The Cruise Ship Interiors Expo will take place June 18-20, 2019, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. It is the world’s first and only event to focus exclusively on the interior design, architecture and outfitting for the cruise industry. The event will include a show floor with more than 200 suppliers …

Outboard engine shipments up 5.9 percent in 2018

February 7, 2019

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Monthly Shipment Report (MSR), U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments closed 2018 up 5.9 percent, compared to 2017, for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers, representing 95 percent of the market. Outboard engines rated 200 horsepower and above were up 20.8 percent in 2018 and accounted for a 25.6 …

Congressional boating caucus co-chairs announced

February 5, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) welcomed Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.-21), and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.-2) as the Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs in the 116th Congress. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the caucus is a bipartisan group of more than 100 U.S. senators and representatives formed in 1989 …

Polaris buys assets of Larson Boat Group

January 31, 2019

Minn.-based Polaris Industries has bought the assets of Larson Boat Group for an undisclosed price in a move that further expands its fresh dive into the boating, according to the StarTribune newspaper. Polaris spokeswoman Erika Frederick said the deal included the Larson, Larson FX, Striper and Escape brands. Acquiring Larson boats will make Polaris an …

Premier Product Showcase 2019 call for submissions

January 29, 2019

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Herculite launches new website

Herculite® Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of flexible composite textiles for performance applications, has launched a new website that showcases the company’s breadth of capabilities in materials for solar protection, marine, health care, digital graphics media, military and tents and structures. The new website is located at www.herculite.com. Headquartered in Emigsville, Pa., …