Engine makers meet with government officials in Washington


Marine engine executives met in Washington, D.C., this week with top leaders of the House of Representatives and the Trump administration to discuss the effects of legislation and regulations on recreational boating.

The companies that attended included Yamaha, Mercury Marine, Torqeedo, Indmar, Evinrude and Volvo Penta. The engine leaders met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and his senior staff, and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), chairman of the Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said the day’s discussions focused on reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, promoting E15 education for consumers and offering biobutanol as an alternative fuel.

With the EPA’s imminent announcement of the renewable volume obligations, which set the amount of corn-based ethanol in the fuel supply, engine executives impressed on the EPA the marine engine issues with ethanol blends above 10 percent, the lack of consumer education leading to misfueling and the promising results of alternatives such as biobutanol.

The NMMA said the EPA meeting focused on efforts to achieve concrete regulatory reforms for marine engine manufacturers that reduce burdensome testing and paperwork while maintaining strong engine compliance and ensuring a strong, globally recognized EPA.


Sea Tow Forecasts Another Busy Summer

The company had a 34 percent increase in assistance requests last summer, and the results of a survey found that people will continue to take to the water amid the pandemic.

NMMA Urges Action on E.U. Tariff

The 25 percent retaliatory tariff on American-built boats and engines, resulting in a 42 percent decline in exports to the European Union, is set to double June 1.

Brunswick’s Electrified, Connected Future

During the annual Investors Day, the company revealed its “Next Wave” strategic plan, which includes five electric propulsion products and a new boat brand by 2023.

MasterCraft Delivers Third Consecutive Record Quarter

Net sales, gross profit and net income all saw significant jumps in the third quarter, and the builder raised its fiscal-year outlook.

MRAA Board Contributes to BoatPAC

Every board member contributed to the non-partisan political action committee, which works with congressional members who recognize the importance of boating.

Educator Training Conference Agenda Announced

The ABYC Foundation’s virtual conference is scheduled for July 20-22, with speakers covering a host of topics around creating the future workforce.

RIMTA Awarded $30K Grant

The financial support will go toward its fiberglass boat recycling pilot project.

Sandy Hook Yacht Sales adds Intrepid

The dealership and brokerage firm has six locations in New Jersey and Florida.

Everglades Expands Executive Team

The Edgewater, Fla.-based manufacturer adds positions in finance, sales and marketing and operations.