Fishing Coalition Hails Funding for Young Fishermen’s Development Act

Image via Fishing Communities Coalition. A national coalition of community-based, small-boat commercial fishermen is hailing a congressional decision to include $1 million to fund the Young Fishermen’s Development Act (YFDA) in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2023. Members of the Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC) worked with members of Congress for more […]

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2023 Fishing Boat Buyer’s Guide

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MRAA awards 2022 scholarships

Five scholarships were awarded by the MRAA Educational Foundation at the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Award’s Luncheon at Dealer Week on Dec. 7, in Austin, TX. The Kevin Lodder Scholarship, The Duane Spader Leadership Scholarship and three MTA Technical Scholarships were awarded by the organization.   Kevin Lodder Scholarship   Kirsty Stevens, Owner […]

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MarineMax partners with Junior Achievement of South Florida

MarineMax recently announced a partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of South Florida, a non-profit organization focused on youth workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. Two projects are currently in the works, both aimed at educating younger generations about the marine industry.  The first program was founded and created in 2018 by Christine Battles with Advanced Mechanical Enterprises. […]

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Massachusetts creates Office of Outdoor Recreation

Massachusetts became the 18th state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation – drawing praise from Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and bolstering the ability of the nation’s $862 billion outdoor recreation economy to grow even more. Massachusetts’ Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito welcomed an enthusiastic audience full of recreation and conservation advocates to celebrate the new […]

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Yamaha technical school program expands

The Yamaha Marine Technical School Partnership program (TSP) added ten new schools to its growing list of participants during the last 12 months, bringing the total number to 117 nationwide. Developed in 2015, Yamaha’s TSP program aims to develop a stronger marine technician workforce through a certified curriculum, Yamaha systems access and product donations used […]

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Lund celebrates 75th anniversary

Lund Boats is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022. The celebration kicked off at Lund’s annual Dealer Meeting on Aug. 3 and will continue throughout the next calendar year, highlighting the history of Lund’s lineup and products while looking ahead to the next wave of product development. “We are grateful to our generations of loyal customers […]

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Things to Keep An Eye On

When it comes to the stock market, October is often referred to as the “cruelest month of the year”.  For 2022 not so much.  In fact, it was the second-best performing month of the year so far.  But given very few positive months that may not be saying much. In late September, an overwhelming number […]

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ABYC names new accreditation director

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has named Sarah Devlin as the new accreditation director to manage and promote the ABYC Foundation’s expanding Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP), which launched earlier this year. Devlin will work directly with secondary and post-secondary schools across the country that are educating future marine technicians. “I am eager […]

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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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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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Uncharted Waters: Expectation Vs. Reality

Capt. Bill Pike long imagined “semi-retirement,” would free him up to do nothing but boat. But life sometimes intervenes. Capt. Bill Pike long imagined “semi-retirement,” would free him up to do nothing but boat. But life sometimes intervenes. Ahhhhh, retirement. Or, in my case, semi-retirement. During most of my working life, I saw it—even romanticized […]

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Solutions for the labor shortage

By Margaret PodlichExecutive Director, ABYC Foundation A Minnesota High School faces a 50% cafeteria worker shortage and needs to feed 2500 students a day. It now pays students $16/hour and gives them course credits to work alongside adults. Students work between classes, don’t need transportation to their jobs, and are having fun. In six years, […]

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2022 Movers & Shakers

By Adam Quandt The 12th Annual Boating Industry Movers & Shakers awards recognize outstanding leaders and trailblazers across the recreational boating industry who continually pursue and embrace the challenge of change. This year’s Mover & Shaker of the Year and finalists continue to drive innovation and navigate challenges and changes across our ever-changing industry through […]

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Gearing up for the 2022 ELEVATE SUMMIT

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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New director of learning and development joins MarineMax

Mirtha Collin, a mission-driven leader with more than 20 years of experience managing diverse multi-disciplinary teams, joins MarineMax as Director of Learning and Development.  The Director of Learning and Development role is new at MarineMax and will complement the People Strategy function, an important part of the MarineMax mission. Mirtha will have the responsibility of […]

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