The Marine Recreation Association is a non-profit association that represents marina owners, operators and industry professionals throughout the Western U.S., Mexico, Hawaii and Australia. The Association’s mission is to provide a united voice in representing the interests of the boating and marina industries and to help educate and inform in all areas of recreational boating.

Marine Recreation Association Innovation Award

Submissions for the 2018 MRA Innovation Award are now being accepted by the Marine Recreation Association. This award honors advancements in the recreational marina and boatyard industry, recognizing companies, organizations and individuals who have contributed technology and services in a way that materially affects the industry. The award is applicable for new advancements, as well as historical advancements to honor contributions to the marine industry. Companies that provide products and/or services are all encouraged to apply. There can be up to four recipients of the award based on nominations. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2018. Additional details, including entry forms for the MRA Innovation Award can be found at

The MRA Innovation Award is a mahogany-clad custom blown glass vessel made in France. The chrome hardware and anchor cap are Belgian, and the nautically-inspired result is a handsome addition to any display case, bar or yacht. The “Yacht Club Vodka” design is based on the legendary boats of the Riviera and the look of the famous 1960’s Riva “Aquarama”. The vodka itself starts with gluten-free wheat milled in Northeastern France and spring water sourced from the French Alps. It’s distilled five times and filtered through charcoal columns, and the result is a light, crisp tasting, gluten-free vodka with a hint of Elderflower at the finish. It’s a trophy inside and outside worthy of MRA innovators! The winner(s) will be announced during the Marine Recreation Association’s 47th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show, held October 22-24, 2018 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort in Santa Barbara, California.


Here are some great video excerpts from the 2012 conference—

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