The Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 — part of the National Defense Authorization Act — passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives includes critical boating safety priorities. The National Marine Manufacturers Association notes two provisions of importance to boaters: mandating wearable engine cut-off devices on all boats smaller than 26 feet and granting the Coast Guard “equivalency” authority, which prioritizes safety in approving construction standards. NMMA says it will work with lawmakers as it follows the bill in the Senate.
Chaparral logos will now be available on custom aftermarket SeaDek kits, as the two companies expand a decade-long relationship. SeaDek non-skid has been factory-installed on new Chaparral models for years, but owners looking to add SeaDek now have the option to include the Chaparral logo. “Chaparral’s partnership with SeaDek spans more than a decade, and SeaDek has become a premier brand with widespread recognition in the marine industry,” supply chain manager Derek Cornelius said in a statement.