American Boating Congress

Jim Nolan runs US specialist marketing company James Nolan Associates Jim Nolan runs US specialist marketing company James Nolan Associates

The 2018 American Boating Congress (ABC) took place in Washington, DC on May 9-11. ABC is an annual legislative event organized and co-hosted by the NMMA.

The 2018 NMMA Policy Agenda outlined the critical priorities for the Administration and 115th Congress to consider on issues ranging from fuel and fishing, to access, trade and workforce development.

The Policy Agenda also contains fundamental information about the US recreational boating market to be presented to Congress. 

It points out that boats are one of the few products manufactured and built in the US today and that NMMA’s nearly 1,500 members consisting of boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers produce 80 percent of the recreational boating products used in America.  Here are some of the primary numbers:

There are 11,861,811 recreational boats in the US 62% of boat owners have a household income of less than U$100k and 95% of boats in the US are under 26ft and towable.

Annual sales of recreational boats, marine engines, accessories and services are US$37 billion. There are 34,833 recreational marine businesses providing 650,014 jobs (472,389 direct and 177,625 indirect). 95% of boats sold in the US are made in the US.

Recreational fishing is a big factor this year with the push to pass the Modern Fish Act.  Numbers to support recreational fishing included there are 11 million marine recreational anglers and that over 70% of all boat outings involved fishing.

Results pending…

Latest Press Releases

FUSION® Entertainment to showcase state-of-the-art line-up at Southampton Boat Show 2018

14-23 September 2018 | Stand FO14 | FUSION® Entertainment is showcasing its latest range of world-l... Read more

FUSION Entertainment achieves ISO standard

FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine entertainment, announces it now tests its speakers to the ISO1... Read more

WesCom Signal and Rescue shortlisted for the 2018 Safety at Sea Awards

The world’s leading supplier of marine distress signals, WesCom Signal and Rescue announces it has b... Read more

Torqeedo appoints Engines Plus Ltd as new UK canal boat sector dealer ahead of inland waterways festival, Crick Boat Show

Torqeedo has appointed Engines Plus Ltd, a leading engine dealer, to be the UK dealer for the canal ... Read more

Torqeedo Showcases Latest Innovations in Sustainable Marine Propulsion Technology at Seawork International

Crystal Lake, Ill. – May 23, 2018 – Torqeedo will demonstrate the latest developments in electric ma... Read more

View all