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.
1. Continue to monitor state and local boating access restrictions.
2. Guide businesses through state re-opening plans and phase-in restrictions.
3. Secure federal relief programs to support marine industry recovery.
4. Work with state and local decision-makers to support the responsible re-opening of boat shows which accounts for upwards of 50% industry sales.
5. Focus on recreational infrastructure to promote boating access:
a. Pass Great American Outdoors Act to invest in outdoor recreation and federal maintenance backlog infrastructure.
b. Pass water infrastructure bill with a focus on small and emerging harbors.
c. Reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, to support $650 million in conservation, infrastructure and boating safety programs.
d. Creating a small business pre-disaster mitigation loan program.
6. Support funding for state and local budget shortfalls and protect boating and fishing resources.
7. Promote testing and health initiatives that protect workers and consumers.
BoatPAC is managed by the following volunteers from the recreational boating industry:
Clarke Smith – International Special Risks – Chair
John Swick – Safe Harbor Marinas – Vice Chair
Melanie Ashby – MariCorp US
Jason Blackburn – Faria Beede
Dave Briggs – Wayzata Marine
Raul Chacon – MG+M The Law Firm
Jim Emmons – Water Sports Foundation, Inc.
Ray Fernandez – Bridge Marina
Cale Grauer – EMP Industries
Barry Hall – Gem Products
Jim Hardin – Grady White
Robert Healy, Jr – Viking
Charlie Johnson – Maverick Boat Group
Greg Lentine – Norcross Marine
Dave Marlow – Brunswick
Jinger McPeak – Enovation Controls
Martin Peters – Yamaha Motor
Richie Rodgers – Sportsman Boats
Dana Russikoff – Rodan, LLC
Larry Russo – MarineMax
Paul Vitrano – Polaris
Jeff Wasil – BRP
Mick Webber – HydroHoist