ABYC to publish largest standards manual to date

June 9th, 2021

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that develops the global voluntary safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, is set to publish its largest supplement ever of the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft. With more than 75 percent of revised documents included as […]

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Patrick Industries acquires SeaDek

April 21st, 2021

Patrick Industries Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Hyperform Inc., a manufacturer of non-slip foam flooring, operating under the SeaDek brand name, for the marine OEM market and aftermarket. Hyperform also serves the pool and spa, powersports and utility markets under the SwimDek and EndeavorDek brands. SeaDek operates out of two manufacturing […]

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West Marine acquired by private equity firm

April 20th, 2021

West Marine, an integrated, omni-channel provider of aftermarket products and services to the boating, fishing, sailing and watersports markets in the U.S. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by L Catterton, according to BoatingIndustry.com. L Catterton is the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm and has extensive experience building enthusiast […]

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New Trivantage distribution center triples inventory capacity

April 15th, 2021

Trivantage® has moved to a larger distribution facility in St. Louis, Mo., that will allow the company to better and more efficiently serve customers with increased capacity at more than 62,000 square feet, six loading docks for customer will-call and shipments, and improved visitor parking. The new location will house increased inventory levels, easy-access sampling […]

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Boating Industry magazine announces 2021 roster of young marine industry leaders

April 8th, 2021

Boating Industry magazine announced its “40 Under 40” for 2021, a list of the top young leaders from across the recreational boating industry. The honorees were selected from hundreds of entries for their outstanding work in the industry and their potential to continue to carry the marine industry forward. Check out the list for 2021 […]

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Marine CEOs remained optimistic in Q4 2020

March 24th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Q4 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturing businesses, shows marine CEO assessments of current conditions and short-term outlooks in Q4 were the most optimistic since the survey’s inception in 2018, following historic […]

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Minnesota boat builders busy with surging interest

February 19th, 2021

A recent Minnesota StarTribune newspaper article reports that major boat manufacturers in Minnesota are scrambling to expand their payrolls in response to surging demand for leisure boats during the pandemic. According to the article, Brunswick's production facility in New York Mills, Minn., where Lund and Crestliner boats are built, has added 114 positions in the […]

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Marine entrepreneur acquires Hydro-Turf

October 29th, 2020

Marine and powersports entrepreneur, Greg Pickren, has acquired Hydro-Turf, a manufacturer of watercraft traction mats and seat covers located in Anaheim, Calif. Pickren’s holdings include Marine Mat, SEI Marine Products, API Marine, 4XPro, East Lake Axle, Watercraft Superstore, SBT, BlackTip Jet Sports, Adonis Impellers, and Pacific Big Wave. The family of companies are headquartered in […]

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August powerboat retail sales up 8 percent

October 22nd, 2020

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show that August new powerboat retail sales were up 8% year to date on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to a year ago. Highlights from NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations dashboard include: While new powerboat retail sales slowed in August following unprecedented increases in the early summer months […]

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White House executive order targets water management and infrastructure

October 21st, 2020

The White House released an executive order to “to improve our country’s water resource management, modernize our water infrastructure, and prioritize the availability of clean, safe, and reliable water supplies,” according to www.whitehouse.gov. The order would create a new Water Policy Committee, also known as the Water Subcabinet, to be co-chaired by the Interior and […]

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