National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) played a critical role in shaping the bill—which includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year.
The bill includes a provision that would mandate the wear of engine cut-off devices for operators of boats under 26 feet while underway—a critical safety measure that law enforcement, manufacturers, and the recreational boating community strongly support. This measure builds upon the important steps taken two years when Congress required manufacturers to install these devices in most boats under 26 feet, which is something many boating manufacturers have been doing for years.
Additionally, the bill would grant the Coast Guard “equivalency” authority—allowing the Coast Guard to streamline approval of the recreational boating industry construction standards and new technologies, all while maintaining the highest level of safety.
Although the House had passed similar legislation in 2019, the U.S. Senate was unable to reach an agreement at that time. House and Senate leaders have spent the past several months negotiating the new agreement, which passed in the House last week and is expected to move forward in the Senate.
We are grateful for over 40 years of service in the marine industry and so thankful that the Chattanooga area has recognized us yet again as the Best of the Best “Marine Dealer.” Erwin Marine is honored to serve the boating community and we look forward to doing so for many years to come. Thank you, Chattanooga and to ALL our customers for allowing us to serve you!
ERWIN MARINE SALES WELCOMES CRUISERS YACHTS TO BRAND LINEUP!
Erwin Marine Sales, Inc. is pleased to announce our appointment as the exclusive dealer for Cruisers Yachts in the Tennessee River and Cumberland River Valleys. Cruisers offers fiberglass luxury yachts from 35’ – 60’ in both Express style and Flybridge Models. Cruisers in an independent brand, privately owned, manufactured in the United States in Oconto, Wisconsin.
Erwin Marine Sales, Inc. begins our 41st year in business in 2019. We are also a dealer for Sea Ray sport boats and sport cruisers, Bayliner sport boats, Harris pontoons, Heyday inboards, as well as Supreme and Centurion wake boats. Erwin Marine also owns several marinas and dry storage facilities on the Tennessee River with full service capabilities.
“We welcome the Cruisers Brand to our sales dock.” said Kayo Erwin, President and Founder, of Erwin Marine Sales, Inc.
We are excited to offer the Cruisers Yachts brand. Please contact our sales department with any questions or to view inventory.
For events and happenings on-the-water at Downtown Chattanooga’s 21st Century Waterfront, Erwin Marine Riverfront is the place to be! Enjoy all that Downtown Chattanooga has to offer from the comfort of your own boat. Get the “best seat in the house” for events on the Chattanooga waterfront.
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Erwin Marine invites you to join us for our Spring Boat Show to welcome the boating season!
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (EST)
Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)
What to expect at the show:
– A wide variety of New pontoons, sport boats, cruisers, & yachts in the water & our showroom
– New Wake Boat Brands on display
– A huge selection of pre-owned boats available
– In-house financing & insurance
– Ask our Certified Sales Team about manufacturer’s incentives
– On-site dry storage at Chickamauga Marina
– On-site Service & Parts department
We also know that boating safety is the most important part of making sure your day on the water stays stress-free and fun. Erwin Marine Sales offers boating instruction and education classes throughout the year. Details can be found on our event calendar at erwinmarine.com.
We would like to make you aware of these upcoming safety classes designed to educate and make you more comfortable at the helm and be the best (and safest) boater you can be.
The Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron (CSPS) will be teaching the United States Power Squadron America’s Boating Course on Saturday, Apil 7, 2018, and again on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The cost is $40.
America’s Boating Course includes:
types of boats and their uses
boating laws, both federal and state
safety equipment, both required and recommended
finding your way, and adverse conditions
trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics
The class includes a final examination that satisfies the TWRA Boating Safety Class requirements. If you need a TWRA issued boating safety education card, you must purchase a $10 boat safety Type 600 Exam Permit from any business (licensed agent) that sells hunting and fishing licenses (Wal-Mart, Academy Sports, bait stores, marinas, etc.). The receipt from this transaction is your “ticket” to take the exam, and you must bring the exam “ticket” to the examination administrator (required only if you want to obtain a TWRA boating safety education card). The exam permit fee is in addition to the class fee. The permit will not be available for purchase at the class site.
THE LAW– Tennessee residents born after January 1, 1989, must have in their possession, a TWRA issued boating safety education card showing proof of successful completion of the TWRA administered boating safety exam if operating a boat or personal watercraft alone. Non-Tennessee residents, born after January 1, 1989, must show a certificate from any course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
You know the name. You know what it means in the industry. Now it’s being honored by one of the most influential names in the business. Sea Ray is proud to announce the Sea Ray SLX 400 won the most prestigious award in the sport boat industry: Boating Magazine’s Boat of the Year. This award is the latest in a long line of accolades awarded to Sea Ray by the most prominent members of the global boating industry.
“We tested more than 130 boats during 2017, assessing their safety, performance, innovation, and place in their categories,” said Kevin Falvey, editorial director, Boating Magazine. “This ‘cruiser’ handles nimbly at 40 knots, makes a great weekender, and boasts many design innovations, not the least of which is the expandable swim platform known as the swim terrace. Dedicated stowage for a stand-up paddleboard is just one example that reflects a builder in touch with the current wishes of many boaters. Boating’sBoat of the Year is the most prestigious honor awarded to recreational boat builders. For 2017, the Sea Ray SLX 400 joins the pantheon of great boats that can claim the title of Boat of the Year.”
“We are thrilled, and honored Boating Magazine awarded the Sea Ray SLX 400 Boat of the Year,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “We are dedicated to quality, craftsmanship and inspiring families and the next generation to love and appreciate boating as much as we do here at Sea Ray.”
In addition to being recognized for Boat of the Year, Sea Ray received multiple additional awards at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious boat shows. Additional awards include:
Inboard Express Cruiser – Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award
Best Sales Promotion, #SeaRaySummer – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
Best Website, New Configurator, Design Your Sea Ray – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
Best Video, SLX-W 230, in partnership with MarineMax – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
With the recent wins in Miami and the prestigious Boat of the Year award, Sea Ray, the most awarded boat brand in the world, continues their reign as top in class. Sea Ray is proud to have won the most editor’s choice awards and the most product quality awards in the industry, including the following accolades in the last 12 months:
National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer CSI Awards (Sales)
National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer Marine Industry CSI Awards (Customer Satisfaction)
SLX-W 230 Wake Sports Boat, Top Product Award – Boating Industry
SLX 400, Innovation Award – National Marine Manufacturers Association
Retail Marketing Initiative Award, Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement
Brunswick Distinguished Safety Award
“Not only have our boats been awarded year-after-year, but the industry also continuously recognizes our customer service and customer experience, as our recent wins at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show prove,” said Scott Ward, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts. “Sea Ray is proud to have won the coveted National Marine Manufacturers Association award for excellence in customer service. Our dedication to customer experience, along with our focus on providing boaters with the best boating experience available on the water today, is our focus in 2018 and will continue to be as we grow in the future.”
Sea Ray is continually recognized for its dedication to delivering a superior boating experience to every member of the family every time they are on the water. Sea Ray’s goal of building a lifestyle that redefines the boating experience is made obvious through each model’s premier craftsmanship and richness of finishes, combined with decades of expertise building the most sophisticated sport boats, cruisers and yachts on the water, and the company’s unwavering dedication to customer service and community. Sea Ray truly is more than a boat, and industry insiders continue to notice.
Check out the presentation here:
For more information about Sea Ray, and to view the complete lineup of award-winning models, please visit searay.com.
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ABOUT SEA RAY
Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world’s leading manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 19 to 65 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle — each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at http://www2.searay.com/e/47872/2018-02-28/6krwgf/317892514.
Headquartered in Mettawa, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s leading consumer brands include Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land ‘N’ Sea, Kellogg Marine, Lankhorst Taselaar, Payne’s Marine and BLA parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern boats; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group and SCIFIT fitness equipment; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit http://www2.searay.com/e/47872/2018-02-28/6krwgk/317892514