American Boating Congress
American Boating Congress brings together the industry’s diverse range of stakeholders, shapes public policy, and presents a unified front on issues that impact marine businesses. Thank you to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and sponsors for making this unique opportunity possible with over 400 attendees at the 2019 annual American Boating Congress in Washington, DC from May 13-15.
Participants gathered from across the nation to learn, network, and partner with each other on legislative issues impacting recreational boating. Teams were coached prior to meeting with members of congress to discuss a variety of topics from the impact of E15 fuel, tariffs, and recreational boating safety. Safety topics included mandatory use of engine cutoff devices and funding for on-water training. Most importantly, ABC offers the rare platform to meet directly with members of Congress and advocate on recreational boating policies.
The NSBC joined the ABC teams to create positive change for the boating industry. Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis reveals that outdoor recreation contributes $734 billion annual gross economic output. Boating and fishing are the #1 contributor to the outdoor recreation industry’s real gross output. Congratulations to the NMMA team for a very successful American Boating Congress, with special recognition to Thom Dammrich, Robert Newsome, and Nicole Vasilaros.
We're Making Waves
Our team is committed to advancing our shared mission of safe boating, exploring new partnerships and leading outreach opportunities. From the International Boating and Water Safety Summit to on-water training and from Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day to National Safe Boating Week, here's a snapshot of what our team was up to over the last few months. Click on a photo to enlarge.