The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) added 30 new members in 2017. The association says that the growth reflects increased awareness by manufacturers for using independent sales reps and the improved health of the boating industry.

"We're pleased to welcome this diverse group of new members," says Neal Trombley, NMRA president, in a statement.

NMRA member independent marine reps have strong industry connections with OEMs, distributors, retail outlets, boatyards and marinas. Component and accessory manufacturers and service providers join NMRA as affiliate members because it helps bring their products to market and increase sales. The NMRA was founded in 1960.