The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.

California group fights to keep state boating department

Recreational Boaters of California is urging boaters to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate the Department of Boating and Waterways and reconstitute the department as a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “RBOC will continue to stress that Cal Boating provides accountability, transparency and leadership regarding the collection and use of boater-derived…more

Industry leaders gather for boating summit

Approximately 160 marine industry leaders from around the country gathered Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago for a first-of-its-kind Recreational Boating Stakeholder Growth Summit. The summit was hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and attended by leaders from all industry segments, including bankers, big-box retailers, consumer organizations, dealers, distributors, insurance companies, boat, engine and accessory…more

NMMA: Increase in wholesale shipments continues

Through the third quarter, wholesale shipments of boats were up 13 percent and corresponding dollars were up 22 percent for the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s control group of manufacturers, the group said in its monthly economic report. Advance data indicated that through October, wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats were up 14 percent from a year…more


NMMA adds DIY component to boat shows

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced the launch of Fred’s Shed, bringing a new, interactive educational experience to NMMA boat and sportshows for visitors interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading their boats and engines. The new feature adds a component to shows for do-it-yourselfers and boat owners who are interested in an advanced level of…more

NMMA supports labor bill

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is asking its members to support the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. “NMMA has been following this bill for several months and we believe it will correct certain NLRB overreach, such as allowing as few as 10 days for employers to communicate with their employees once a union-organizing election is…more

NMMA supports outdoors access bill

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is asking its members to support the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, which would increase access to angling, hunting and recreational shooting on federal lands by prioritizing these activities within agencies’ land management plans. The bill would require that federal lands be operated as “open-until-closed” with respect…more

NMMA boat shows honored by trade group

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events announced this week its Top Public Events for 2011, including three of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s boat and sportshows. The Progressive Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow, Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show were honored in the Established Events category. “We’re…more

NMMA: Push Congress to keep mortgage deduction

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is asking its members to contact Congress about threats to the second-mortgage interest deduction. The second-home-mortgage interest deduction can be used by boat owners if their vessel meets certain criteria and they have not used the deduction on another home. This deduction, though very modest in its effects on the…more

NMMA renews deal with publisher

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced Tuesday that it retained TRMG to sell space on all NMMA websites, newsletters (except the weekly Currents newsletter) and Boat Show Exhibitor magazine. TRMG already publishes and sells advertising in the official show guides for the NMMA’s 17 boat and sport shows. “TRMG has done a great job producing…more

NMMA opposes measures in two states

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is urging its members to speak out on proposals that would affect boaters in Florida and Illinois. The National Park Service is proposing a limit on fishing and boating access in Biscayne National Park in Florida, the NMMA reported. The plan would close more than 20 percent of the park’s…more

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