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Farewell 2023, looking forward to 2024 - MarineBusinessWorld North America newsletter

by Peter Rendle 27 Dec 2023 12:00 PST
The Sailing Museum and The National Sailing Hall of Fame celebrate a successful year © Julia Stinneford

Our last marine industry newsletter for 2023 and we hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and are looking forward to a prosperous New Year!

The Sailing Museum, home of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, is celebrating the end of a successful year - the first full year in its new space, the historic Armory Building in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island. Anticipating a period of growth in the near future, the leadership and management team of The Sailing Museum has grown to accommodate the vision of the board. Ashley Householder was promoted to serve as Executive Director and Erika Holshoe was hired as Communications and Marketing Manager. Most recently, Jared Casci joined as Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Connell filled a new position as Special Events Manager and Michelle Zachary took the new role of Development and Membership Manager.

With gratitude, Cruisers Yachts is honored to announce its ongoing commitment to giving back to its local community by participating in the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Toys for Tots is a program managed by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. It aims to deliver the magic of the holiday season to underprivileged children by providing them with new, unwrapped toys. Throughout the years, Cruisers Yachts has exemplified a strong sense of community responsibility by continuing to contribute to this initiative each year to give back to the community that has given them so much.

The United States and European Union (EU) have reached an agreement to not reimpose Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU and Europe's retaliatory tariffs on American exports into the EU, including American-made boats. This has remained a top priority for the NMMA, as the Section 232 tariffs caused several key international markets, including the EU, to impose retaliatory tariffs on uniquely American products. On December 19, the EU announced that it would extend the current suspension of tariffs on American products until March 31, 2025. U.S. and European officials have consistently met over the past couple years, and most recently, in Washington, D.C., to discuss several geopolitical and economic issues. While a permanent resolution to end the Section 232 tariffs and subsequent retaliatory tariffs on American products, such as recreational boats, remains elusive, extending the time for negotiations and continuing to suspend tariffs on U.S. products is a positive step forward. Continue reading the full article here...

The Recreational and Fishing Foundation are excited to announce the availability of the 2024 State R3 Program Grants to help fund state agencies' sustainable and replicable angler and boater recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) initiatives and plans that focus on increasing fishing license sales and boat registrations. Proposals are due Friday, January 19, 2024. Learn more here.

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), the world's largest marine technology company, recently announced its annual Sustainability Leadership Awards which celebrate the Company's commitment to sustainable, responsible practices by recognizing outstanding environmental contributions of individuals and teams at Brunswick facilities around the world. Now in its third year, the award nominations represented teams from 11 facilities and seven countries around the world. Combined, the estimated annual environmental benefit includes: 10.6 million gallons of water saved. 3.9 kWh of electricity reduced. 429 tons of waste diverted from landfill. 2,207 metric tons of CO2e emissions avoided.

Sportsman Boats, a leading name in the marine boat manufacturing industry, is thrilled to announce a strategic reorganization of its management team, aimed at fortifying its positions in the market and ensuring continued success. Sportsman Boats, leading name in the marine boat manufacturing industry, is thrilled to announce a strategic reorganization of its management team, aimed at fortifying its positions in the market and ensuring continued success. Tommy Hancock, a visionary leader and veteran in the marine industry, who has played a pivotal role in shaping the company's growth and trajectory, will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sportsman Boats. However, he will be stepping down as company President.

Denison is pleased to announce its partnership with EXTRA Yachts as its exclusive representative for North & South America, Central America and Mexico. EXTRA Yachts specializes in the development of yachts with a strong personality. Its distinctive lines are combined in a variety of motor yacht models ranging from 90 to 130 feet and a 30-meter motor catamaran, all characterized by highly liveable interiors and exteriors, reduced consumption, and a good range. Developed thanks to the advanced technical experience of ISA Yachts, EXTRA offers customers all the advantages of being part of the Palumbo Superyachts network.

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, continues their dominance in the Americas, driven by new model launches and a focus on customer service. To ensure that they deliver their renowned customer experience, the company announced that two industry veterans, Keith Teynor and Josh Northrop, will be joining the Maritimo Americas team. Teynor and Northrop bring with them more than three decades of experience in the boating industry.

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Looking forward
Peter Rendle - peter.rendle@marinebusinessworld.com

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