Category Archives: Industry News

Boat Writing Contest Marks 25th Year

BWI’s Annual Writing Contest celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year with 17 categories offering $17,000 in prize awards. All of the details are included on this website under "Writing Contest" and in a brochure posted at www.bwi.org/downloads/BWI-Contest-17.pdf. The electronic entry form (www.bwi.org/bwicontest) provides the process for slotting the entry and handling membership details. Entries can be…
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Summer Boating Season Resources

Boaters and anglers in “endless summer” locations may know no boating season, but many on-water aficionados often mark their first launch with the U.S.’s Memorial Day. At that same time, boating safety organizations and advocates across the U.S. and Canada team up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear every time…
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Scholarship Program Underway

BWI has launched a new Scholarship Program designed to help young men and women enter the exciting world of boating journalism. Plans are to have the program in place and ready to unveil to members and the boating industry during the 2018 Miami Boat Show Annual BWI meeting. Long-time Ohio-based boating/outdoor journalist and BWI member…
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3 Directors Re-Elected, 1 Appointed

BWI members have re-elected three Directors and its Board appointed a new Director to fill a vacancy. The returning Directors, who serve three-year terms, are: Alan Jones, editor for Boating World Magazine; Zuzana Prochazka, a freelance writer and photographer who contributes to a number of boating titles; and Lindsey Johnson, Director of Communications for West…
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Top Boating Journalism Gets Recognized

Boating and fishing journalists were recognized at the start of the Miami International Boat Show in an annual writing contest conducted by the membership of Boating Writers International (BWI). Presentations in 17 contest categories representing $17,000 in awards were made to first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) place scorers. Cash award recipients also received…
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Miami BWI Meet Moves to Thursday

BWI is moving its Annual Meeting, Writing Contest Awards and “Newsmaker” presentation breakfast event to Thursday February 16, opening day of the Miami International Boat Show. Timing will remain the same, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Location is the Belvedere Lounge, a new on-dock restaurant between Piers 3 and 4 directly in front of the…
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Marine Innovations Abound at Fall Trade Events

The two fall major business-to-business marine trade expositions provide special recognition for innovations and product quality by providing a stage for manufacturers and service providers to highlight what they recently introduced or will be bringing to market in the next model year. BWI members serve as judges to help select the most intriguing and useful…
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Innovations Barrage Repeats at IBEX

Rapid-fire presentations of approximately 20 new boating-related innovations will be on tap for a return engagement of “Pitch The Press” at this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). The “Pitch” session is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday October 5 in the second floor lounge area at the Tampa Convention Center. The…
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Summer’s Boating Promise, Cautions

As spring turns to summer across the entire U.S. and Canadian boating landscape, boat owners are all-in for the traditional pursuits of cruising, fishing, sailing, skiing/tubing, paddling, etc. on nearby and travel-related rivers, lakes and offshore. The resources for getting the best ROI on the boating investment, whether it’s from ownership, time-sharing, clubbing, chartering, or…
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Tubing Safety Shown in Video

A new Inflatables Safety Video, produced by the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association), features important updates regarding safely using inflatables as a part of water sport activities such as tubing. The video speaks directly to consumers, putting the viewer in the driver’s seat and encourages everyone to enjoy a fun and safe day on the…
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