NMMA sets agenda for events at political conventions


The National Marine Manufacturers Association is releasing the details of events planned for the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

The NMMA will host on-water receptions at both events to provide a firsthand look at the U.S. recreational boating industry and its value to the economy.

The DNC event will take place on July 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT at Workshop on the Water at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.

The event includes tours of boats manufactured in the United States and rides along the Delaware River, as well as an opportunity to meet with industry and local leaders who can discuss the Delaware River habitat and the impact that recreational boat, engine and accessory manufacturing have on the economy.

More than 150 attendees are expected, including delegates, members of Congress and local boating businesses and nonprofits dedicated to growing the marine industry.

Businesses attending include Yamaha, Correct Craft, Regulator and SureShade. Nonprofits include Youth Anglers, the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory and the Delaware River City Corp.

“NMMA is thrilled to participate in the Democratic National Convention,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.

“During one of our most critical election years, we look forward to bringing legislators and attendees together to better understand the positive and critical economic impact the marine manufacturing industry has on the U.S. economy. In fact, in Pennsylvania, recreational boating creates more than 570 businesses and contributes $290.5 million to the local economy, annually. While we have important information to showcase, we also look forward to giving attendees the chance to enjoy the classic American pastime of spending time on the water.”

The RNC event, hosted by the NMMA and the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, takes place July 20-21 from noon to 3 p.m. at North Coast Harbor Docks in Cleveland.

The two-day event, honoring the Congressional Boating Caucus, includes tours of boats manufactured in the United States, rides on Lake Erie and an opportunity to discuss with industry and local leaders the critical Great Lakes habitat and the impact of boating.

“NMMA is looking forward to bringing together local industry leaders, legislators and delegates at the Republican National Convention during one of our most critical election years,” Dammrich said in a separate statement.

Dammrich also said that in Ohio alone the recreational boating industry contributes $328 million to the local economy annually.

Businesses attending include Yamaha, Correct Craft, Catawba Moorings, a Regulator dealer and PLASdeck.