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PWC event set for today at Republican convention

The Personal Watercraft Industry Association will participate in an event today during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

The on-beach event, titled On the Dock by the Bay, will provide personal watercraft demonstrations, insight and important tips for enjoying a safe day on the water, information about the economics of the PWC industry and an opportunity to meet with PWC manufacturers, the group said in a statement.

The trade group hopes to immerse delegates, members of Congress and their staff in the pleasures of the boating lifestyle while helping them better understand the impact that recreational boat, engine and accessory manufacturing has on the U.S. economy. In 2011, there were 1.3 million personal watercraft on the water nationwide and retail sales of $501 million.

The PWIA also will present information about new models, advanced technology that has reduced noise levels by 70 percent during the past decade and new hull designs that provide a sturdier ride.

The PWIA encourages its marine industry stakeholders and members of the media to attend and learn more about the PWC industry.

“We hope legislators and attendees will leave this important event at the Republican National Convention with a better understanding of the value of the personal watercraft industry to the U.S. economy and to family-oriented recreation,” PWIA executive director David Dickerson said in a statement. “We’ll provide a fun-filled opportunity for our guests to learn about the significant strides the industry has made in safety and technology and why millions of Americans find personal watercraft to be an excellent way for their families to enjoy our nation’s waterways.”

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crabby Bill’s at Rocky Point. Invited guests include members of the Senate and congressional Western caucuses.

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