Boats

Canadian boat tariffs removed

Last week, the Government of Canada removed all retaliatory tariffs on U.S. recreational boats entering Canada, immediately ending a levy that impacted boat businesses on both sides of the border. National Marine Manufacturers Association and NMMA Canada heralded the news, calling the action a momentous step in the right direction for the North American marine industry, which has been particularly suppressed by…

In Montana, boats coming from Lake Powell undergo additional AIS examination

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)With the proliferation of adult quagga mussels in Lake Powell, on the border of Utah and Arizona, watercraft from this lake that are entering Montana will be subject to additional measures at watercraft inspection stations to ensure they are free from aquatic invasive species. Lake Powell is on the Colorado River and invasive mussels are…

BRP acquires Alumacraft, creates Marine Group

Valcourt, Quebec – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), headquartered in Valcourt, Quebec, announced this week the creation of the Marine Group with the acquisition of Alumacraft, a private North American manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats based in St. Peter, Minn., BRP said in a news release. Tracy Crocker, senior vice-president and general manager of Evinrude Outboard Motors since 2017, has been…

RV company Winnebago adds boats to the mix with Chris-Craft acquisition

And the crossover effort continues. RV maker Winnebago Industries, Inc., announced Monday, June 4 that it has acquired recreational boat builder Chris-Craft from Stellican Ltd., which has owned Chris-Craft since 2001. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Last week, snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle maker Polaris Industries, Inc., based in Medina, Minn., reportedly acquired Boat Holdings, a pontoon boat company out…

NMMA: U.S. boat sales strong for boat show season

With the industry in the midst of the busy winter boat show season – a crucial selling period – the National Marine Manufacturers Association recently announced that unit sales of new powerboats are expected to be up 6 percent, marking an estimated 260,000 new powerboats sold last year. As consumer confidence continues to rise and boat manufacturers introduce products and…

Montana wrapping up ramped-up AIS inspection ‘season’

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations will close for the season Oct. 15. Boaters that are still in need of an inspection can receive one at a regional FWP office. Water temperatures in both Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs will be below the levels to allow invasive mussels to spawn, dramatically…

Skeeter Boats announces new trailer factory

KILGORE, Texas — Skeeter Boats has announced the establishment of a new trailer factory. Skeeter Built trailers will provide 100 percent of Skeeter boat production starting in the third quarter of this year, according to a news release from the company. As part of the expansion, Skeeter will add up to 35 new employees who will be based in the 43,000-square-foot…

Swimming near boat docks can be deadly; tips for avoiding electrocution

Recent fatalities by electrocution are bringing scrutiny to an age-old summer ritual that’s common on waterfronts across America: swimming near boat docks. Electrocution can happen when swimmers make contact with energized metal dock fittings, boats or other structures due to faulty alternating current (AC) wiring. Electric shock drowning (ESD) occurs when AC gets into freshwater from faulty wiring and passes…