Congressional Boating Caucus adds five members

The Congressional Boating Caucus has five new members since the ABC concluded.

Two weeks ago, 275 attendees gathered on Capitol Hill in support of the American Boating Congress.

Attendance was up 22 percent from last year — the largest growth in recent history.

Recreational boating advocates conducted more than 180 meetings. Thirty to 40 of those meetings took place directly with the senator or House member.

The Congressional Boating Caucus has five new members since the ABC concluded: Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Mich.; Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas; Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.; and Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.

Not only has the event grown in size and helped bring attention to the Congressional Boating Caucus, but there also has been movement surrounding some of the industry's policy priorities, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Legislative success as a direct result of ABC includes:

  • Draft WRDA bill released by the House Transportation Committee
  • New ethanol bill (HR 5180) introduced to protect against E15
  • House version of the REC Act (H.R 4665) received three new co-sponsors — Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Rep. Paul Costa
  • Deferred Importation bill (HR 4065) got two new co-sponsors — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Gus Bilirakis
  • Bipartisan letter to the EPA on consumer education for E15 misfueling was drafted and signed by more than 29 members and growing.

The BoatPAC reception during ABC raised $42,000; 32 members of Congress attended.


MRAA Board Contributes to BoatPAC

Every board member contributed to the non-partisan political action committee, which works with congressional members who recognize the importance of boating.

Educator Training Conference Agenda Announced

The ABYC Foundation’s virtual conference is scheduled for July 20-22, with speakers covering a host of topics around creating the future workforce.

RIMTA Awarded $30K Grant

The financial support will go toward its fiberglass boat recycling pilot project.

Sandy Hook Yacht Sales adds Intrepid

The dealership and brokerage firm has six locations in New Jersey and Florida.

Everglades Expands Executive Team

The Edgewater, Fla.-based manufacturer adds positions in finance, sales and marketing and operations.

Heed Caution While Refueling

Ethanol can be back in a big way, and insufficent labeling at the pumps could lead to problems for your marine powerplant. And the MRAA’s voices support for the 30 by 30 initaitive.

Training the Next Generation

Crest Pontoons will donate a complete boat and trailer to a local high school’s raffle to raise money for its vocational programs.

An “Above Average” Hurricane Season

BoatUS wants to help boaters get ready for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1.