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.

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