WARREN, R.I. — This summer, a number of industry organizations are coming together to host the boating and fishing event “Boat. Fish. Live. At National Marina Day,” according to a release from the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), which produces National Marina Day.
The June 12 event will feature 10 marinas across the country hosting boating and fishing demonstrations, educational activities, boat test drives, and more.
Sponsors of the event include AMI, the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and several others.
“With all of these organizations having the same general goal of safely putting people on the water boating and fishing, it makes sense that we should work together,” AMI Legislative Coordinator Wendy Larimer said in the release. “When AMI moved the date of its annual National Marina Day to June, it coincided with the last day of National Fishing & Boating Week. It’s the perfect time to motivate consumers who think they may be interested in boating, but haven’t yet experienced the boating lifestyle.”
The idea for the event evolved from a discussion among RBFF’s Boating Task Force, according to the release. Representatives from AMI, BoatU.S., the Bonnier Marine Group, MRAA and NMMA agreed that an all-industry event could gain more publicity and support than any of the individual associations could accomplish alone.
So far, nine marinas have been selected to host events, including Anchorage Marina in Baltimore, Md.; Aqualand Marina in Lake Lanier, Ga.; Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park in Miami, Fla.; Callville Bay Resort & Marina in Lake Mead, Nev.; Colony Marine at Algonac Harbor Club in Algonac, Mich.; Grande Dunes Resort & Marina in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Marina Bay at Boston Harbor in North Quincy, Mass.; New Rochelle Municipal Marina in New Rochelle, N.Y.; and Scotts Landing in Grapevine, Texas.