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.

Industry mourns former NMMA board member

Burton Sherman, former owner of E.S. Ritchie & Sons Inc., a marine compass manufacturer, died March 3 in Massachusetts. He was 85. An avid boater, Sherman was active in the marine industry. He received the Mel Barr Award in 1992 and served on the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s board of directors. Sherman was also active…more

American Boating Congress adds eight co-hosts

The American Boating Congress is becoming a true industrywide event, with eight co-hosts signing on with the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which organizes ABC. ABC will be held April 24-25 in Washington, D.C. Committed co-hosts to date include the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas; the Center for Coastal Conservation; the South Carolina Marine Association;…more

NMMA previews American Boating Congress agenda

The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced a preview of the agenda for the 2012 American Boating Congress, set for April 24-25 at Capitol Hill locations that include the Liaison Hotel and the National Guard Memorial Building. The agenda includes: Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service: Jarvis leads an agency that preserves and…more

Industry advocate to retire from Senate

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a three-term Republican from Maine and a staunch advocate for the marine industry, said Tuesday she will not run for re-election, citing excessive partisanship in the Senate. “To this day, I remain deeply passionate about public service, and I cherish the opportunity I have been given for nearly four decades to…more

NMMA to hold receptions at Republican, Democratic conventions

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is hosting events this summer at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. The NMMA will hold on-water and land receptions during the convention weeks, honoring members of the Congressional Boating Caucus as well as delegates, congressional staff, campaign staff andother invited parties. “This opportunity allows NMMA to highlight the boating…more

Group continues fight to keep California boating department

Recreational Boaters of California recently hand-delivered to the state capitol stacks of the 1,227 letters from those opposing a proposal to eliminate the Department of Boating and Waterways. Letters were delivered to the governor as well as Democratic and Republican leaders in the state Senate and Assembly. Eliminating Cal Boating has already been rejected four…more

Chicago and Louisville shows report strong sales

The Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago show and Progressive Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow closed Sunday with reports of stronger sales and more buyers in 2012, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces both shows. The Chicago show saw steady crowds, similar to 2011, although attendance was down 1 percent, with 15,286…more

NMMA schedules Growth Summit follow-up

To continue the conversation started at the Recreational Boating Stakeholders Growth Summit in December, a follow-up meeting is being planned for the first half of March to begin the work needed to start growing the industry. In an e-mail to summit participants, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said the highest-ranked joint action, according…more

Recent NMMA shows report mixed attendance results

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is reporting mixed results from its three most recent boat shows, all of which ended Sunday. The four-day Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show attracted 34,555 people, an increase of 11.3 percent from 2011. The show, celebrating its 40th anniversary and 25 percent larger this year, featured two new attractions, a…more

Chicago show reports attendance boost

Total attendance for the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show increased 7 percent despite slower days Thursday and Friday because of bad weather, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. The NMMA said 35,402 people attended the event, which ran Jan. 12-16 at McCormick Place. The show switched its date pattern this year, moving…more

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