About BoatPAC

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.

What we’ve done and where we’re headed:


We exceeded our 2019 fundraising goal of $250,000, raising nearly $252,000 from 400 donors – up from $202,000 and 348 donors in 2019.


We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped BoatPAC surpass its ambitious 2019 fundraising benchmark. Thanks to this generous support, we have cultivated new, important relationships with members of Congress to help ensure the industry’s priorities are front and center in Washington, D.C.


For 2020, we have increased BoatPAC’s goal to $325,000 – a level that will make our advocacy efforts even more formidable. We look forward to working with our industry partners to achieve it.

Board of Directors

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

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