NMMA

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 cancels Rosemont boat show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently notified exhibitors that the Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show in Illinois was canceled. The event was scheduled for Jan. 25-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The NMMA said there was not a sufficient critical mass to create an acceptable selling environment for exhibitors and…more

IBEX 2011: VIDEO: Interview with NMMA president Thom Dammrich

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief William Sisson spoke Monday with NMMA president Thom Dammrich about his expectations for the show and the industry. Click play to watch. Foot traffic was slow on the first day, but Dammrich says the National Marine Manufacturers Association expects a busier day today and that the trade group…more

NMMA signs Progressive as show sponsor

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the world’s largest producer of boat shows, today announced Progressive Insurance as the title sponsor of its 18 boat and sportshows from 2012-2014. Terms of the partnership were undisclosed. “We’re thrilled to have Progressive Insurance on board as the title sponsor of NMMA boat and sportshows. Our involvement with this…more

NMMA opposes Louisiana proposal on trade shows

The Louisiana New Motor Vehicle Commission has proposed changes to its trade show exhibitor rules, under which out-of-state exhibitors would not be allowed to participate in recreational product trade shows even when no in-state exhibitor is available, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. Under previous rules established in 2007, an out-of-state exhibitor could participate in…more

NMMA: Wholesale shipments up through July

Advance data indicate that, through July, wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats were up 9.3 percent from a year earlier while corresponding dollars were up 20 percent, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said in its most recent economic report. Advance estimates indicate that sales will be up 1.7 percent on a rolling 12-month basis through August.…more

NMMA releases boat registration figures

The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced that boat registration numbers decreased 2.2 percent (or 282,615 boats), for a total of 12.5 million registered boats in 2010, compared with 12.7 million in 2009. This new data are from the NMMA’s 2010 U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics Report, released this week. Of the 12.5 million registered…more

NMMA adds interactive game to show slate

The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced the purchase of the Power Boat Docking Challenge from Culp Concepts, bringing more of an interactive experience to show-goers and helping demonstrate how fun docking can be with practice and proper instruction. The Power Boat Docking Challenge is an interactive experience that pits the boater against other show…more

Obama signs patent reform law

President Barack Obama last week signed the America Invents Act into law. This act includes patent reform legislation that will help American entrepreneurs and businesses bring their inventions to market sooner, promoting business and job creation, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Passed with strong bipartisan support, the act represents the most significant reform…more

NMMA supports ABYC kill-switch standard

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently joined with BoatUS and the American Boat and Yacht Council to conduct testing on the ease of using emergency stop lanyards, how much time it takes to put on an ESL and how long it takes to switch vessel operators while using an ESL. The testing was in response…more

NMMA: Wholesale shipments up in first half

Advance data indicate that through the first half of 2011 wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats were up 7.9 percent from a year earlier and corresponding dollars were up 21.6 percent, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said in its monthly economic report. In the first quarter of 2011, new powerboat registrations were down 5 percent on…more

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