The Marine Retailers Association of America is surveying manufacturers to see how many plan to move back the rollout of 2010 models, and early results show many plan to wait until early fall to introduce new product. The survey was sent to 350 boatbuilders, according to MRAA president Phil Keeter. Results from 25 manufacturers — received…more
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the only North American trade group dedicated to furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers and other marine-related retailers in North America. Under MRAA Rewards, the association offers its members cost-saving, revenue-generating, business improvement and professional development benefits.
The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging its members to contact the White House in support of extending loans usually reserved for small businesses to dealers, making it easier for them to borrow money to acquire new and used boats. The MRAA met this week with the National Association of Guaranteed Government Loans, which…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America is setting up a new Young Leaders Advisory Board to represent the next generation of marine retailers. The mission of the new group is to “contribute a fresh, unique resource of thoughts and ideas to the MRAA board for the continued efforts to improve and grow the association and…more
Ed Lofgren, 71, is chairman of the Marine Retailers Association of America and the primary owner and operator of 3A Marine Service, a Hingham, Mass.-based boat dealership. Active in the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, Lofgren is a longtime member of the board of directors, where he serves as education chairman. He also helped found the…more
The 2010 model year introduction for 10 Brunswick boat brands has been moved to September 2009, a change that has the support of the Marine Retailers Association of America. “MRAA has encouraged manufacturers to move the introduction of new product to the fall for the last two decades,” said Ed Lofgren, MRAA chairman, in a…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America recently outlined its legislative agenda for 2009. Based on recommendations provided by the Advisory Council of Marine Associations, the MRAA board of directors approved six resolutions on legislative issues and other MRAA activities. The six issues relate to ethanol gasoline additive standards; the Clean Boating Act; boating safety education;…more
Power-cruising guru Bruce Kessler will be the spokesperson for Northern Marine Co. at PassageMaker magazine’s Solomons Trawler Fest, Sept. 25-28 at the Calvert Marina in Solomons, Md. Kessler will answer technical questions about the Anacortes, Wash.-based builder’s line of all-composite long range trawler yachts. Kessler is best known for his extensive offshore voyaging under power.…more