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A mix of news from industry sources this week - MarineBusinessWorld N America newsletter

by Peter Rendle 8 May 14:00 PDT
ABYC Standards significantly reduce boating accident frequency and severity © National Marine Manufacturers Association

The American Boat and Yacht Council (a nonprofit association that sets voluntary global safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of recreational boats) in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard, released a significant analysis by independent research firms Industrial Economics and ITA International.

This analysis focuses on the effectiveness of the council's standards in enhancing recreational boating safety and was presented during the Risk Mitigation webinar "Don't Be a Statistic. Data Saves Lives" on May 1st.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Hall of Fame Award through June 27th. NMMA's most prestigious recognition honors industry icons — visionaries whose outstanding contributions have and continue to advance, guide and transform the industry.

In pursuit of the 37th America's Cup, INEOS Britannia has named Harken an Official Supplier. This partnership signifies a renewed collaboration as the two teams continue to design, test, and manufacture equipment tailored specifically for their Test Boats and newly unveiled AC75 Race Boat. The equipment is designed and built in Harken factories in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA and Limido Comasco, Italy.

Pensacola is set to make waves in the world of hydro foiling as it prepares to host the first Foiling Week Pensacola, a seven-day celebration of the future of watercraft mobility. This international sailing event, held in Europe since 2014 in Malcesine, on Italian Lake Garda, will make its debut in Pensacola in February 2025, marking a significant milestone for the maritime community.

Energy Observer, the first autonomous and zero-emission hydrogen vessel, a pioneer in energy transition and ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals, is making her 89th stop in Boston from May 1-5. This stop marks the last leg of her Odyssey on the United States East Coast, before a brief visit to the island of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and finally her grand return to France, in Saint-Malo.

The Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to boating safety, is proud to announce its 2024 Life Jacket Loaner Program Awardees. With the inclusion of these new groups, the Sea Tow Foundation will officially have Life Jacket Loaner Stations established in all 56 states and territories, reinforcing their dedication to preventing drowning incidents across the nation.

Golden Manufacturing, a global leader in aluminium boat lifts and dock solutions, has added three VPs to its staff. Bill Golden, company president, made the announcement. With over 20 years of valued contribution to Golden's growth and success, Amber Clark has been named the new VP of administration. In her tenure with the company, she's moved through bookkeeping, sales and design roles, and earned a college degree. In her new position, Clark develops, implements and manages all administrative, insurance and HR policies and procedures, as well as overseeing DOT and legal issues.

Mercury Racing, a Wisconsin-based global provider of high-performance marine propulsion, furthers its commitment to competitive powerboat racing with an extension of its Formula 1 Powerboat Championship series sponsorship and the introduction of the 250 APX competition engine.

The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is excited to announce that Captain Red Flowers will embark on a historic journey to run the Great Loop in record time in support of paediatric cancer research. Captain Red Flowers, a stage 4 cancer survivor himself, was deeply moved by the courage of children undergoing cancer treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, as he struggled through the same treatments side by side with them.

Inspired by their resilience, he vowed to act by embarking on something audacious: running the Great Loop and raising $1 million dollars. To help support the effort, we encourage all to follow along, donate and share in the journey!

Canyon Bay Boats - who is providing the boat for Captain Flowers' journey - has also agreed to auction the boat upon the completion of his trip to raise additional funds for paediatric cancer research.

More North American marine industry news at updated daily. Contributions accepted at the email address below.

Stay ahead,
Peter Rendle -

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