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.

ABC early registration ends next week

There’s one week left for early bird registration for this year’s American Boating Congress, which runs May 4-5 in Washington, D.C. Those who attend will hear from state and federal regulators, key congressional staff and experts about issues and trends affecting the marine industry. The National Marine Manufacturers Association is sponsoring the event. Click here…more

Leaders named for Congressional Boating Caucus

U.S. Reps. Candice Miller, R-Mich., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., will serve as co-chairs for the Congressional Boating Caucus in the 112th Congress. The caucus is an informal, bipartisan group of senators and House members that the National Marine Manufacturers Association formed in 1989 to advocate for the recreational boating industry. “Representatives Miller and Donnelly have…more

Marketing plan set for certification program

The Marine Five Star Dealer Certification program will now include a marketing campaign that showcases the benefits of certified recreational boat dealers to consumers while driving them to the websites of its certified dealer members. The campaign began this month and will run through August. The campaign directs consumers to dealers’ websites via a comprehensive…more

NMMA reports stronger boat show season

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said today that 70 percent of its winter boat and sport shows saw an increase in attendance and that the others remained flat or were down by single digits. Many exhibitors across the NMMA shows reported sales increases from last year, strong leads and more attendees looking to make a…more

NMMA, CMTA oppose Connecticut luxury tax

Extending Connecticut’s auto lemon law to include boats gained little support in a hearing before the legislature’s joint transportation committee, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported, as the organization also spoke out against a 3 percent luxury tax on boats. Committee chairman Andrew Maynard said the very few complaints the state received from boat owners…more

NMMA: Wholesale powerboat shipments are up

Since January, wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats have been trending steadily upward, compared with record lows a year earlier, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers were up 31 percent from a year earlier, and corresponding dollars were up 37 percent. New powerboat registrations…more

Early registration available for American Boating Congress

Online early-bird registration for this year’s American Boating Congress, which takes place May 4-5 in Washington, D.C., is now open. ABC is the recreational boating industry’s annual legislative conference. Industry leaders formulate public policy and present a unified front on issues that affect ┬ámarine businesses. “As the 112th Congress gets under way with 96 newly…more

Two boating bills fail in Mississippi

The National Marine Manufacturers Association provided an update on state legislation related to boating. In Mississippi, a bill that would have established numerous requirements for contracts between marine dealers and manufacturers was not heard prior to a Feb. 1 deadline and has failed. Also in Mississippi, the legislature did not act before a Feb. 1…more

NMMA reports boost in Atlantic City show attendance

The 2011 Atlantic City Boat Show saw a 114 percent increase in attendance from last year’s shortened show, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. The show, which ran Feb. 2-6 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, was forced last year to shut down early because of a blizzard. The NMMA said 34,760 attended this year’s…more

NMMA reports show attendance increases

Attendance and sales were strong at three recent National Marine Manufacturers Association shows in Louisville, Ky., Chicago and Baltimore, the group announced. Attendance was up 9 percent from 2010 at the Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow, which ran Jan. 26-30. Organizers said 37,589 attended, compared with 34,613 in 2010. Many exhibitors said it was the…more

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