Skip to main content

Michigan trade group hands out Lighthouse Awards

The Michigan Boating Industries Association honored four contributors to the industry with Lighthouse Awards.

Josh Gunn, of Michigan Sea Grant, is being recognized for his achievements and dedication to the Michigan Clean Marina Program, the MBIA announced.

Bret Marr and Ray Underwood, of the lobbying firm Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Associates, are being recognized for their efforts to achieve the passage of a tax break for boat buyers in Michigan who have trade-ins.

Michigan now follows the same policy as surrounding states, which allow consumers to pay sales tax only on the difference between the trade-in value and the new purchase price. The association said that because of Muchmore Harrington’s lobbying, Michigan will no longer be at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states when it comes to watercraft sales.

Bill Rustem, director of strategy to Gov. Rick Snyder, is being recognized for his leadership and support of Michigan’s boating industry. Earlier this year, Rustem was a leader in gaining state and federal funding in moving legislation for the dredging of Michigan’s waterways quickly. At a time of crisis for many industries in the state, including recreational boating, state and federal legislators came together to provide relief with dredging funds.

The association created the Lighthouse Award in 2004 to recognize people for dedication and contributions to the industry.



Propeller Precision

Yamaha’s new $20 million foundry produces about 100,000 propellers a year


PR Firm Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Martin Flory Group has served the RV and marine industry segments since 1962.

Screen Shot 2022-09-26 at 9.29.49 AM

Mack Boring Turns 100

The New Jersey-based engine and components supplier, started in 1922 by Edward “Mack” McGovern, today is still a family-run business.


IBEX Canceled

Tropical Storm Ian is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and impact Florida’s west coast sometime Wednesday.


Clearing the Deck

Bombardier Recreational Products unveiled the Rotax outboard with Stealth Technology in August


Shoring Up Your Defenses

Marine businesses are just as open to cyberattacks as all kinds of other businesses in nearly every industry


Hinckley Unveils SilentJet

Hinckley Yachts teamed up with Wisconsin-based transmission-maker Twin Disc to create a hybrid electric system called SilentJet that can switch automatically from diesel to electric power, depending on how much throttle you use.