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U.S. Boating Industry Gener-
ates Over $30 Billion in Sales
in 2009!
The National Marine Manufactur-
ers Association (NMMA) recently
released its 2009 Recreational
Boating Statistical Abstract provid-
ing an in-depth look at the state of
the recreational boating industry.
Although there was an overall de-
crease in sales of 9 percent in
2009, total sales in the recrea-
tional marine industry still equaled
$30.9 billion in the United Sates
alone. This is a large and vital seg-
ment of the economy. What’s
more, these figures don’t include
commercial vessels of any type nor
boats (recreational or commercial)
outside the U.S., in Canada and the
rest of the world.
The economy saw declines in new
boat sales of 9 percent, but new
boat and motor sales alone totaled
$8.5 billion, even at a 24 percent
decrease. Adult participation in
boating in 2009 was just under 66
million, down from 70 million in
2008. Total boat and engine ex-
ports were $1.8 billion and imports
were $1.2 billion, for a trade sur-
plus of $567.4 million, down 34
percent form 2009, which had the
largest trade surplus since NMMA
began collecting data in 1996.
"There's no question the declines
in the U.S. and world economy in
2009 had a significant impact on
new boat sales, however, our in-
dustry continues to find ways to
position ourselves for future
growth by adapting to the ever-
changing economic landscape to
help position our industry for
growth in the coming years," says
Thom Dammrich, NMMA president.
"Despite the new boat sales de-
creases we saw in 2009, there was
strong participation, increases in
sales at businesses that serve ex-
isting boaters and solid accessory
sales - all indicators that boating is
alive and well and boaters will con-
tinue to take to the water to enjoy
the lifestyle even in trying eco-
nomic times."
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Chicago (May 24, 2010
Registration for IBEX 2010 is
Dates are: September 28-30
2010. New Location: The Kentucky Ex-
position Center, Louisville, KY
Registration link:
and be sure to review the Seminar Pro-
grams At A Glance.
This is the best show for Westlawn stu-
dents. There are virtually no boats, but
there is an enormous amount of ma-
rine hardware, equipment, machinery,
boatbuilding materials, and much
more. There are many seminars on all
sorts of topics relevant to the marine
professional. See the seminars link
above to review the programs and see
which ones interest you.
Admission is free and Westlawn stu-
dents get 50% off on seminars!
Be sure
to bring your current Westlawn student
ID card.
Be sure to stop by the Westlawn booth
and say hello. Let us know if you'd like
to have a student dinner on one of the
evenings of the show.
See more about IBEX 2010 on
page 33 of this issue of
The Mast-
Plans for 34th
America’s Cup
BMW Oracle Racing, America's Cup
defender, and Mascalzone Latino, th
challenger of record, have released i
formation about the 34th Americas
regatta which most likely will be sail
in 2013 or 2014.
Protocol for the event will be issued
Aug. 31, and the rules concerning th
design of the boats are to be release
Sept. 30. The official notice of race
well as sailing instructions will be re-
leased by Dec. 31, and the local in
which the race will take place will al
be confirmed by this date.
The challenge period will be from Oc
through Jan. 31, 2011.
The syndicates noted a strong case
been put forward by the Golden Gat
Yacht Club of San Francisco to hold
race there since BMW Oracle sails u
der their burgee. However other site
the U.S. and Europe are still being c
Soundings Trade Only Today
May 07, 2010
Oil Spill Cleanup Tips
For Boaters
Yacht paint manufacturers Interlux
Awlgrip offer boaters in the affected
areas the following tips to help clea
contaminated boats.
OIL: The surface of an antifouling pa
that has become contaminated with
can become “blocked” i.e. preventin
the biocide from being released, whi
subsequently leads to premature fo
ing. It will also result in a contamina
layer that will make adhesion of ne
antifouling applications difficult.
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