National Marine Manufacturers Association

Miami Super Yacht Show on Watson Island 2018. Photo by Lisa Overing

Two Valentine's Day Boat Shows in Miami

If you love boats, there’s no better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than in Miami, Fla. among 2,000 of the world’s most spectacular yachts and pleasure craft. With temps forecasted in the mid 70’s F, Miami welcomes the world to two different boat shows in three locations, Miami Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show, amid breathtaking views, exotic sports cars, beautiful, stylish women and hand-rolled cigars.In its first year downtown on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 31st annual Miami Yacht Show takes place February 14 -18. Many yachting veterans will miss the show’s location on Collins Ave.

AMI Recognizes Dammrich Ahead of Retirement

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) recognized Thom Dammrich at the opening ceremony of the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) for his nearly 20 years of service to the recreational boating industry. On September 30, 2019 Dammrich will retire as president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). He was recognized for unifying the industry and to elevate the status or marinas and boating facilities within the broader industry.Jim Frye, AMI's president emeritus and IMBC's MC thanked Thom by noting, "his contribution to marinas, our association and the entire recreational marine industry.

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Sea Knees Helps Boat Operators Stand Pain-free

Shock mitigation device absorbs impact brought about by rough seasJohn Haas spent most weekends for the past two decades living on the open water. Eventually, the continual pounding took a toll on his health, and he developed a herniated disk that required him to temporarily discontinue his favorite pastime. He even needed surgery and extensive rehabilitation to get back to normal health.“When the disk was coming out, it felt like a tongue sticking into my spinal cord,’’ said Haas, a resident of Stuart, Fla. “I didn’t have any feeling in my right leg. First it was pain, and then went numb.

Lumitec Celebrates 10 Years

Lumitec Lighting this month celebrates a company milestone as the South Florida based LED lighting manufacturer enters its 10th year in business. Lumitec was founded in November 2007 with its initial focus primarily on marine lighting. The company has since gone on to venture into other markets, producing new products year after year, with sales increases exceeding triple digits in many years. “Our success is partly the result of hard work, focus, determination and a little luck. But above all else our talented and devoted team is what has gotten us to where we are today,” said company founder and president John Kujawa.

NMMA Recognizes 52 Boat and Engine Manufacturers with CSI Awards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced 52 recipients of the 2016 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction. Award recipients were acknowledged this morning during the Innovation Breakfast at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in Miami. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honor boat and engine manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve their customers. Award recipients…

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Mercury Marine Powers the Pontoon Market

The pontoon market has been the fastest growing boat segment over the past 12 months, having grown by eight percent in 2015 and on pace to match that growth 2016, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). As boaters around the globe are migrating to higher horsepower engines for their pontoons, Mercury Marine aims to help spur that growth. “It’s really driven by the consumers through our dealer network across the country and Canada,” said John Sweeney, Forest River marketing director.

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Scholten Joins ABYC as Technical Vice President

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced that Craig Scholten has joined the association as technical vice president. Brining 33 years of boating industry experience to the role, Scholten will oversee the ABYC technical department and be responsible for ABYC’s relationship with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and compliance with Europe’s Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). Scholten will also work with the membership department to help add value to new and existing members from a technical resource perspective.

ABC Draws 35 Industry Organizations as Co-hosts

The 2016 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be co-hosted by 35 industry organizations, working together to create a dynamic and engaging program that meets the needs of the entire recreational boating industry. Now in its fourth year, the ABC co-host program brings together organizations across all industry segments to strengthen recreational boating’s collective advocacy impact. These organizations have committed their time and resources in order to develop an event that will create a louder voice for recreational boating on Capitol Hill. ABC will be held in Washington, DC on May 9-11, 2016.

NMMA Recognizes 46 Boat and Engine Manufacturers

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)  announced 46 recipients of the 2015 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction. Award recipients were acknowledged this morning during the annual Industry Breakfast at the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show  in Miami. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honor manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients achieved…

Garelicks Receive NMMA Award

Press release - The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) honored Ken and Rick Garelick, President and Senior Vice President of Garelick Manufacturing Co., with the 2016 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. The award was presented this morning during the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast held at the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. NMMA’s Marine Accessories and Components Division (MACD) introduced the Freedman Award in 1984 to recognize individuals who, throughout the course of their careers…

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Simrad Yachting Wins 2015 NMMA Innovation Award

Simrad Yachting's ForwardScan Sonar was awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the Consumer Safety Equipment category at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, the company announced today. Unlike traditional sonar that will only show boaters where they have been, the ForwardScan echosounder transducer provides a clear forward-looking view of the water column and ocean floor — at a distance up to eight times the current depth. Compatible as an optional add-on for Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 multi-function displays…

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Volvo Penta Wins NMMA Innovation Award

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented an Innovation Award to Volvo Penta for its new Forward Drive (FWD) propulsion system in the Alternate Drive Technology category at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show today. The winners were selected by an independent panel of boating journalists, and the awards were presented at this morning’s Industry Breakfast at the Miami Beach Convention Center. “Winning this prestigious NMMA Innovation Award is a great testimony to the passion for innovation that drives our Volvo Penta team…

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US Boating On High Speed Recovery

Nearly 89 million Americans went boating last year, one of the largest boating participation figures on record. And the boat sales last year increased to $37 billion, a 3 percent increase from the year before. These figures are released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, according to a report from Kansas City Star. After several down years in the midst of a struggling economy, boaters are taking to the water like seldom before. This augurs well for the boating industry.

Boston Whaler Awarded for Customer Satisfaction

Boston Whaler has been recognized again for its customer service, earning a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for the eleventh year in a row. One of 46 recipients nationwide to receive the award, Boston Whaler was recognized in the Fiberglass Outboard Boats category during the 2014 International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). The CSI Awards measure customer satisfaction, only recognizing boat and engine manufacturers that receive the highest marks.

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training holds trainer orientation session in Toronto this summer.

Canadian Boating Trainer Orientation Begins

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training (HOST) has kicked off in Canada with trainer orientation sessions that took place in July in Toronto and Montreal, and in early August in Vancouver. The main objective of these sessions was to share with existing on-water educators the key aspects of the HOST curriculum and how they can approach communicating safe boating practices to a broader range of boaters and potential boaters. Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training has five core…

More Coverage Expected from New Federal Regs

Legislation passed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by the U.S. House of Representatives will bring a benefit to improve insurance coverage at lower cost to companies and their workers in the recreational boating industry, said the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), a trade organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and growing marine business jobs. H.R. 3896 achieved this by amending the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to provide a simplified definition of recreational vessels for purposes of the Act. The legislation was spearheaded and introduced last January by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz of Florida.

NMMA, ABYC Partner for Certification Courses

The American Boat & Yacht Council and the National Marine Manufacturers Association South Carolina  have joined forces to present ABYC certification courses in Charleston, South Carolina. The first course will be the ABYC Marine Electrical Certification on September 9-12. The SC Department of Natural Resources will host the class at their Marine Resources & Research Institute classroom. This is a great opportunity for our South Carolina members to send their staff to ABYC certification courses,” explained Suzi DuRant, NMMA SC’s Executive Director.

Industry Leaders Advocate for Recreational Boating

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, together with members of the Canadian recreational boating industry from across the country, are gathering on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today for its third annual Recreational Boating Day on the Hill to advocate on behalf of the industry’s 67,000 Canadian marine industry workers and 4,400 companies that provide goods and services to Canadian and international boaters. Industry participants attending the Day on the Hill include representatives from Boating Ontario…

American Boating Congress Draws 36 Co-hosts

Partnerships showcase growing industry-wide commitment advocacy, unity on Capitol Hill. In 2013, the American Boating Congress (ABC) was co-hosted by 31 industry organizations who worked together to create a dynamic and engaging program, that met the needs of the entire recreational boating industry. This year, driven by 2013’s success, 36 industry partners have agreed to co-host ABC, answering the call to strengthen the industry’s collective advocacy impact. ABC will be held in Washington, DC on May 5-7, 2014.