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Boating’s Biggest Challenges

Dealers and manufacturers agree that these are our major issues, but rank them differently.

Rising Rates

Higher interest rates are important, but not a primary challenge for dealers or manufacturers.



Legislation for anglers is the second biggest issue for NMMA members, but not as critical to dealers.



Workforce is the second most important issue to dealers, but does not make NMMA’s top five list.


Trade Wars

This is the number-one worry for U.S. dealers, ranking fourth for boat and equipment manufacturers.



E15 is the top concern among NMMA members, while only 13 percent of dealers rank it as their major issue.


Invasive Species

Fighting AIS is seen as vital to industry health, but doesn’t make the top five list for dealers or manufacturers.



Infrastructure ranks among the top 10 issues for NMMA members, but only 2 percent  of dealers see it as critical.


Water Quality

Clean water and improved accessremain top priorities for both manufacturers and dealers.


This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue.


Minneapolis Boat Show Opens Tomorrow

Canceled last year, the show runs through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

ASA Appoints Public Affairs Manager

John Chambers will help strengthen communications efforts and increase engagement in the newly created position with the American Sportfishing Association.

Soundings Trade Only Names Editor-in-Chief

Gary Reich takes the helm from Jeff Moser, who becomes editor-in-chief of sister magazine PassageMaker.

St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.