Indmar co-founder passes away at 95

Indmar Marine Engines mourns the loss of its esteemed co-founder, Richard (Dick) Rowe, Sr, who passed away on November 22, 2022 at the age of 95 surrounded by his family. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my father,” said Chuck Rowe, former President of Indmar Marine Engines. “My father […]

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Marine leaders gather for 2022 ELEVATE SUMMIT

By Jamie Stafford Just last week, the Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT – the premier educational and networking event for leaders across the recreational marine industry – wrapped up in sunny Orlando, Fla. ELEVATE is produced and hosted by Boating Industry and parent company EPG Brand Acceleration. The conference, hosted over three days, featured plenty of […]

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NMMA Canada president Sara Anghel steps down

NMMA announced today that Sara Anghel, NMMA Canada president, is moving on from the Association after accepting the role of President/CEO for the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. She will remain onboard at NMMA through December 7. Anghel has been with the NMMA for nearly 15 years, starting as Vice President of Government Affairs for NMMA […]

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Discover Boating campaign brings in new boaters

Last spring, Discover Boating set out to engage the next generation of boaters while continuing to retain newcomers and legacy boaters through its ‘See You Out Here’ campaign. Supported by a comprehensive marketing strategy, the campaign made an impact in attracting younger, more diverse boaters as demonstrated by the 145% increase in website visitors ages 18-44 and 31% […]

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Government data reports outdoor recreation industry generates record numbers

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has released economic data for 2021 showing the outdoor recreation industry’s impact on the U.S. economy. Outdoor recreation generates $862 billion in economic output and 4.5 million jobs. This is the fifth consecutive year that BEA has released government data on this industry sector. Key highlights from […]

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IBEX calls for 2023 proposals

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that the IBEX Education Conference Call for Proposals (CFP) has opened. The IBEX Education Conference will offer training, workshops, and technical seminars to attendees of the 2023 IBEX Show, to be held October 3 – 5, 2023, in the Tampa Convention Center. Feedback is requested and is […]

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Outdoor recreation leaders to host economy webinar Nov. 9

Outdoor Recreation stakeholders are invited to join the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and the larger outdoor recreation industry on Wednesday, November 9 at 12 p.m. ET, for a webinar presentation on new data of the impact of the outdoor recreation economy. Last year was a once-in-a-generation year for the outdoor recreation economy. The […]

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NMMA Canada Hall of Fame calls for nominations

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Industry members continue hurricane relief efforts

Following the devastation of Hurricane Ian, the marine industry has offered its support to those affected across Florida in an effort to assist the community in returning to some sense of normalcy. The Mercury Racing division of Brunswick Corp has launched a fund-matching and fundraising Hurricane Ian Relief program to support the Cape Coral and […]

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IBEX announces 2022 Innovation Awards

IBEX announced the winners of the 2022 IBEX Innovation Awards. The program is managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). The judges selected ten Innovation Award winners and three honorable mentions from almost 70 entries submitted by exhibiting marine industry companies. Awards were presented yesterday during the […]

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Find Boat Dealers With Discover Boating’s New Website

Discover Boating, powered by the NMMA and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), has launched a new interactive website to help boat buyers easily find nearby dealers. The new Dealer Finder on DiscoverBoating.com is a convenient tool to help site visitors search for and connect with nearly 3,600 boat dealers across the country. […]

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NMMA team visits Syntec, Yamaha

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) team spent time in Georgia last week visiting two member company facilities, including Syntec Industries in Rome and Dalton, as well as Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America, located in Newnan. Long time members of the NMMA, Syntec Industries offers the most extensive collection of carpets, resilient flooring, LVT, […]

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Georgia Senator’s Office, business leaders visit Chaparral and Robalo Boats facilities

Last month Kristin Fulford, Director of Outreach in the office of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), along with local city councilman Rodrick Smith and South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) Berrien Campus Administrator Richard Huth, visited the Chaparral and Robalo Boats facilities in Nashville, Georgia. Led by Mike Fafard, Senior VP of Manufacturing and Engineering, the […]

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NMMA reports new boat sales levels are down through July

The NMMA reports new powerboat sales year-to-date were at 187,000 units through July, down 18% from the same period in 2021. While overall new powerboat sales decreased 11% compared to January through July in  pre-pandemic 2019, several categories continue to outpace pre-pandemic YTD sales levels, including new pontoons, wake sport boats and yachts. “In the […]

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Get ready for ELEVATE 2022!

By Jamie Stafford This November, Orlando will play host to ELEVATE SUMMIT, the premier networking event for the recreational marine industry, hosted by Boating Industry magazine and parent company EPG Brand Acceleration. The conference is hosted over three days, featuring keynote speakers, Q&A panels, and the prestigious Top 100 award celebration.  In anticipation of ELEVATE […]

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Honda, Mercury Racing aid Hurricane Ian relief efforts

Industry members are banning together to pledge their support to those in the southeast U.S. recently impacted by Hurricane Ian. Last week, NMMA highlighted a variety of hurricane relief resources for marine industry businesses in an industry-wide bulletin. Most recentely, Honda donated $500K in disaster relief funds to the American Red Cross to support food […]

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NMMA meets with marine stakeholders at NASBLA Conference

NMMA attended the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Annual Conference, the group’s yearly learning conference, business meeting, and workshop for those in the boating industry, in Manchester, New Hampshire from from September 27 – 30, 2022. The conference hosted more than 200 attendees from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, […]

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