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 reports boost in show attendance

With five of its winter boat shows finished, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is reporting strong crowds at many of them and optimism among exhibitors. The Atlanta Boat Show, which was a four-day event this year, down from five last year, saw a 1 percent increase in attendance from 2010 despite a late opening because…more

NMMA to debut new dealer program in Miami

Dealers across the country are invited to the Miami International Boat Show for the launch of a new program called Dealer Connections, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced. The initiative was created to bring dealers and manufacturers together to forge new relationships and build business. Dealers will be able to meet with top decision makers…more

Survey: Internet research fuels new boat sales

A study from Foresight Research shows that 84 percent of new boat buyers had read or seen boat information on the Internet prior to making their purchase decision. Most used the Internet to compare brands, models, motors and pricing. Overall, just 15 percent of new buyers discussed boats on social media websites; however, this usage…more

NMMA to roll out show exhibitor magazine

A new free national magazine for boat show exhibitors, titled Boat Show Exhibitor, will launch in February to an initial estimated 20,000 people throughout the United States. The magazine is being published by Imagination, a custom publishing and content marketing agency, and underwritten by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “No other magazine provides insights to…more

Congressional Boating Caucus loses members

The Congressional Boating Caucus suffered relatively light losses in this week’s midterm elections, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. The Senate Boating Caucus, chaired by Sens. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., lost two members because of retirements – Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. No sitting Senate Boating Caucus member…more

NMMA: Thousands e-mail Obama about E15

More than 22,000 people have e-mailed President Barack Obama, urging him to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from approving a 50 percent increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The NMMA and others, including the Marine Retailers Association of America and BoatU.S., want to see any decisions…more

Groups seek enhanced recreation in U.S. Forest Service rules

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a replacement planning rule to guide the development of forest plans, which determine recreational access and activities on 190 million acres of land and water, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The NMMA and more than 70 organizations in the Coalition for Recreation in the National Forests are…more

NMMA: Workers’ comp changes could affect boatbuilders

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing new regulations that implement amendments to the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and will have a direct impact on recreational boatbuilders and repairers, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Since 1984, the law has excluded from coverage people employed to build, repair or dismantle any recreational…more

Senate vote on small-business bill expected soon

The U.S. Senate voted 61-37 Tuesday to end debate on the Senate Substitute Amendment, sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., relating to small-business credit and tax relief, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. A final Senate vote will likely occur this week, according to the NMMA. The Senate…more

NMMA urges Congress to act on small-business relief

As Congress reconvenes today in advance of the mid-term elections, legislative business is likely to be complicated by pre-election posturing, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which is monitoring a number of bills of interest to the industry. Major agenda items include an NMMA-backed small business bill that languished before the recess over procedural…more

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