NMMA names 2022 Hall of Fame inductees

The NMMA announced today the induction of two industry veterans into the NMMA Hall of Fame, its most prestigious honor. Joe Miller, Former CEO & Principal at William F. Miller & Associates, and Doug Smoker, President & CEO of Smoker Craft, Inc., will be presented with the 2022 NMMA Hall of Fame Award during the International BoatBuilders’ […]

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20 of the best new boats at the 2022 Southampton Boat Show

We pick out 20 of the best new boats heading to Britain’s biggest boat show, the 2022 Southampton International Boat Show. This weekend will see Mayflower Park reopen its temporary marina for the Southampton International Boat Show, the biggest of its kind in the UK, and there will be dozens of brand new boats waiting […]

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New Boat Building Company, Reward Boats

Reward Boats out of New England is a new name in the boat building world, offering an up-to-date design that incorporates the beauty and elegance of a 1930s runabout. First introduced at the Newport International Boat Show in September 2021 with rave reviews, the graceful 17-foot Reward Sport Runabout offers 170 hp with jet drive, […]

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Education must be the culture

  By Matt Edmundson We all know of the skills gap, but is it different for us in the marine industry? What trade other than a marine technician must have such a versatile skill set to be successful? How do we find and train new techs? Compared to similar industries such as automotive or aerospace, […]

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Embracing sustainability

Manufacturers By Adam Quandt Sustainability is certainly not a new notion to our world; however, the idea of sustainability and operating business sustainably has gained more and more momentum over the last few years, especially as we look at the recreational boating industry of both today and the future. “Innovation is alive and well in […]

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NMMA team visits Arkansas manufacturing facilities

Following a busy legislation season, the NMMA team has visited member companies across the states to meet with industry leaders to discuss the industry’s policy priorities and areas of focus for the 2023 legislation season. Last week, Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation Director Katherine Andrews joined Ben Murray, NMMA Manager of Southeast Policy and Engagement, […]

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ABYC publishes updated standards, hosts webinar

ABYC has published its 62nd supplement to Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft. The annual publication provides the marine industry with the latest updates to the boat building and repair standards used for over 90% of the boats constructed in the United States.  On August 17, ABYC will be hosting a free webinar to provide an […]

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ABBRA schedules annual Marine Service Managers course

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s (ABBRA) annual Marine Service Managers Course will be held virtually in November 2022. ABBRA offers the only extensive leadership training for boatyard operators that provides an industry-recognized credential (Certified Marine Service Manager) for qualified applicants. The course is sponsored by ABBRA. Employers know they need a team of […]

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Learn How Maverick Boat Group Builds Resin-Infused Boats

The mold is first encased in a plastic bag, and then a vacuum is attached to compress it all. Courtesy Maverick Boat Group When I first stepped into the Maverick Boat Group’s P2 factory in Fort Pierce, Florida, the first thing I noticed was what was missing. In most other boatbuilding facilities I have visited, […]

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