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.

NMMA report details decline in boat registrations

Recreational boat registrations in the U.S. decreased about 1.4 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s 2008 U.S. Recreational Boat Registrations Statistics report. A total of 12.8 million vessels were registered by U.S. states or documented by the Coast Guard in the U.S. in 2008, compared to 13 million…more

California proposal seeks permits for coastal marinas

The California State Water Resources Control Board is moving forward with a proposed requirement that marinas along the coast with 10 or more slips and moorings obtain a state permit. The board decided to pursue the permit after federal initiatives were overturned last year, according to Recreational Boaters of California. The stated objective is to…more

NMMA cancels Toronto show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association canceled this year’s Toronto In-Water Boat Show because of the economic downturn in the United States and Canada. The show had been scheduled for Sept. 17-20. “The show’s not going away; it will come back next year,” Ben Wold, executive vice president for NMMA, told Soundings Trade Only. Next year’s…more

NMMA names CSI award winners

A total of 72 boat and engine manufacturers were recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction with 2009 CSI Awards by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Award recipients will be acknowledged during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, set for Oct.12-14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers…more

NMMA expands scope of New Orleans show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced its New Orleans Boat Show will now be the New Orleans Boat & Sportshow, expanded to include fishing, hunting and other sporting and outdoors industries. In addition to the name change, Louisiana Sportsman, a leading authority on hunting and fishing, will provide the show with a new and extensive…more

NMMA releases top 10 boating states

The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced the top 10 boating states, and to provide on-water vacation ideas, Discover Boating, the industry’s consumer awareness effort, named the best boating destinations within each state. “We anticipate this summer to be one of the busiest for boating, as more Americans are looking to spend time with family…more

NMMA releases new boating abstract

The National Marine Manufacturers Association provides an in-depth look at the state of the boating industry through the latest Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, released this week. The abstract highlights boat sales and participation data from 2008, including the following: marine expenditures, such as the economic impact of all boating sales and service total new boat…more

NMMA urges members to contact Congress

National Marine Manufacturers Association chairman David Slikkers is urging the group’s members to contact their representatives in Congress and help raise the industry’s profile. In a letter to industry colleagues and NMMA members, Slikkers said the association is continuing to tackle the complex issue of floorplan financing and outlined its actions to date, including helping…more


Dour statistics and a ray of hope at ABC

Industry tells lawmakers it’s lost 135,000 jobs – Congressional economist sees turning point near At each American Boating Congress, industry leaders emphasize the importance of being active in Washington, D.C. This year it may be more crucial than ever, says Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “This is a unique and challenging…more

Proposal stalls to eliminate Cal Boating

A proposal to eliminate California’s independent Department of Boating and Waterways, or Cal Boating, was taken off the agenda for today’s meeting of the California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee. “We are very pleased by the committee’s decision and appreciate this clear statement in support of sustaining an independent Cal Boating,” said Dave Breninger,…more

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