These days, any discussion of Congress calls forth words such as deadlock, standstill, lack of movement. But it’s for just that reason that the American Boating Congress May 5-7 in Washington, D.C., might be one of the most productive in years, planners say.
At a Northeastern boat show last year, a couple towing a baby and a toddler climbed around on a Berkshire pontoon. As his parents inspected the boat, the toddler tore across it before bouncing off a plush seat and landing on his diaper-padded bottom.
Larry Innis is no stranger to Capitol Hill. The legislative veteran has been testifying before Congress on issues ranging from the Coast Guard budget to the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund on behalf of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas for a quarter of a century.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association held an hour-long webinar Wednesday to brief attendees on the five issues the group is focused on for this year’s American Boating Congress and unveiled a new app designed to make the May 5-7 event in Washington, D.C., easier and more accessible.
The long winter undoubtedly impacted boat sales, but data reveal the strongest first quarter since at least 2010, with sales that slightly outpaced those in 2012, a year characterized by a mild winter and early spring.