NMMA Canada honors Legend’s Duhamel, Dewar

March 1, 2015

NMMA Canada has inducted Victor Duhamel and Carl Dewar, owners of Legend Boats, into the NMMA Hall of Fame, its highest honor. The hall was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It honors individuals whose names and deeds …

MRAA Educational Foundation raises more than $20,000

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Educational Foundation exceeded its goal of raising $20,000 in 2014 to provide financial support for education, training and professional development in the recreational marine trades. “We are inspired by the generosity that allowed the foundation to reach this critical milestone in 2014,” said Liz Walz, MRAA director of …

Ship Wrecked

Total boat restorations can be a lucrative, if laborious, project in the wake of fires, storms and water-borne debris.

More to upholstery than sewing

By Don Racine At many shops, the person doing the sewing is the same person who tore apart the old upholstery and will be the one who installs the newly sewn skin. However, in many other shops there are multiple workers involved in the same project. In this case, communication between the person sewing and …

Building a dream shop

Your new, ‘ideal’ shop should not fit your needs like a glove.
Two things you should know about the ideal canvas shop: 1. It’s a myth. 2. Shop owners are into mythology.

Cushion styles—design and function

As you read this, I hope you’ve written down and are applying the goals you targeted for 2015.

Bellwether report shows continued boat sales gains

U.S. boat sales were still running slightly less than 10 percent ahead of 2013 through November, according to a report by Info-Link, which tracks the outdoor-recreation industry. Its Bellwether report tracks boat sales across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations. Continuing a trend the service had noted during 2014, every segment of the …

Problem deadline dead ahead

A steady hand and a fallback plan can keep even best-laid plans from veering too far off course. Deadlines can paralyze, but it’s worth taking the time to analyze the situation. Use these questions to think through the issue: Am I facing a deadline or a target? A deadline is fixed, and implies some degree …

City’s OK secures Miami Boat Show

The City of Miami Commission has approved the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to produce the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium Park. “In 2016, the Miami International Boat Show will mark 75 years in Miami,” noted NMMA President Thom Dammrich, “and I’m not sure there’s a better way to commemorate …

A dog’s life

Security officer. Receptionist. Greeter. Tour guide. “Shop dogs” play a variety of important roles at fabrication operations. We invited readers to submit photos of their shop assistants; here is our first gallery. 1. Penelope and Shaina Owners: Kenny Locke and Stephanie McLauchlan Company: Canvas Supply Co. Location: Seattle, Wash. 2. Chase Owner: Diane Buswell Company: …