boatpac - your voice in action on capitol hill

We are the federal political action committee of the recreational boating industry, promoting your business interests in Congress. BoatPAC supports the election of candidates to the United States Congress who are strong advocates for recreational boating and ensures that our priorities are protected. All contributions to BoatPAC go to candidates for federal office and are distributed on a nonpartisan basis.

BoatPAC promotes advocacy and engagement in the political process. We encourage voluntary contributions by educating and mobilizing BoatPAC eligible individuals to support candidates for political office who champion recreational boating issues in Washington, D.C.

2022 advocacy wins

  • Eliminating TariffsSince last fall, our industry has seen major wins on the trade and tariffs front. In October 2021, the United States and European Union reached a deal to drop retaliatory tariffs against American boats entering Europe. In March, the United Kingdom followed suit and lifted their own retaliatory tariffs against U.S. made boats. These 25 percent tariffs had been hampering American boat sales across the Atlantic since 2018, resulting in up to 50 percent reduction in exports and losses of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

  • Access and Conservation Funding – Another major victory for our industry this Congress was securing more than $5 billion for recreation access and conservation projects. We successfully passed appropriations bills helping to fund recreational boating priorities through the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This money will go towards keeping Americans boating.

  • Bolstering the Supply of Semiconductors One of our biggest wins came just this summer, with the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (CHIPS Act) – bipartisan legislation which will bring semiconductor manufacturing back home, reducing our dependence on unreliable global supply chains.  With marine manufacturers innovating on all fronts to deliver more advanced, efficient, and safer products, this bill will help meet our industry’s growing demand for semiconductors.



BoatPAC is managed by the following volunteers from the recreational boating industry:

Clarke Smith – Trident Marine Managers – Chair

John Swick – Safe Harbor Marinas – Vice Chair

Melanie Ashby  MariCorp US

Jason Blackburn  Faria Beede

Dave Briggs  Wayzata Marine

Natalie Carrera  Indmar 

Raul Chacon  MG+M The Law Firm

Michele Goldsmith – Soundings Trade Only

Jim Hardin  Grady White

Charlie Johnson – Maverick Boat Group

Greg Lentine  Norcross Marine

Joe Lewis – Mt. Dora Boating Center and Marina

Dave Marlow – Brunswick

Ellen McCarthy Polaris

Dana Russikoff  Rodan, LLC

Larry Russo  MarineMax

Mark Tracy  Yamaha

Mick Webber – HydroHoist

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