Boating Industry

April 2016

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LAUNCH April 2016 | Boating Industry | 9 HOT SPOTS Sales growth of ski wake boats up 10.56 percent Sales growth of ski wake boats hit 10.56 percent in the 12-month period ending January 2016, according to data from Statistical Surveys. Leading that growth is the coastal market of Seattle-Tacoma, with 32.88 percent growth. Growth above 20 percent also occurred in Dallas-Forth Worth and Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C., at 26.77 percent and 23.89 percent, respectively. Other coastal markets saw double-digit sales growth, including Los Angeles at 15.62 percent. Orlando, FL 18.8% Burmingham, AL 3.3% Los Angeles, CA 15.6% Seattle-Tacoma, WA 32.9% Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX 26.8% Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT 8.0% Phoenix, AZ 15.2% Austin, TX 2.3% Detroit, MI 11.3% Charlotte-Gastonia, NC 23.9% Houston, TX 11.1% Orlando ski wake boat sales grew 18.75 percent. NMMA SELLS LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO BOAT SHOWS; CANCELS SAN FRANCISCO FOR 2017 The National Marine Manufacturers Association is closing its NMMA West office as it cancels or sells three California boat shows. The association announced in March that it is transferring ownership of both the Los Angeles and San Diego boat shows to Duncan McIntosh, a Cali- fornia-based publisher of boating magazines and producer of other boat shows, including the Newport Boat Show. NMMA will also not be producing a 2017 San Francisco Boat Show. In January, NMMA canceled the 2016 edition of the show. "It was not an easy decision to make but after listening to our exhibitors and exploring our options for alternative host sites, it became clear we would not be able to produce the kind of event our attendees and exhibitors have come to expect from NMMA," NMMA President Thom Dammrich said in a statement. "We thank our exhibitors for their support as we looked to use this show as a way to reinvigorate the Northern California market and hope our exhibitors understand our reasons behind this difficult decision." With the changes, NMMA is closing its NMMA West office later this spring. NMMA West was formed in 2012 when the Southern California Ma- rine Association merged with NMMA. The Northern California Marine As- sociation followed suit in 2013. INDUSTRY NEWS KEY BISCAYNE FILES NEW SUIT OVER MIAMI BOAT SHOW After failing to block this year's Miami International Boat Show, the village of Key Biscayne has filed a new lawsuit to try to keep it from coming back. In February, the village sued Miami-Dade County, claiming the county violated its development rules when approving the boat show for Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. This is the third lawsuit filed by the village in an attempt to block the show. Its suit against the city of Miami is still Continued on page 10

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