The American Boating Congress (ABC) is returning to Washington, D.C., May 8–10, 2023!

Join recreational boating stakeholders for the industry’s preeminent advocacy event featuring discussions with members of Congress and administration officials, timely political and policy updates, and more.


Check back here for additional details on location, scheduling, speakers, and more! Should you have any questions regarding the 2023 ABC, please contact Erica Crocker at [email protected]


Intercontinental Washington DC – The Wharf (Host Hotel). Block is closed but rooms are still available. Click here to make a reservation.

Additional lodging located at the Wharf: Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf. Click here to make a reservation.

Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf. Click here to make a reservation.



Schedule of Events

Monday, May 8, 2023


Speakers to be announced.


Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Boats Group
Join recreational boating and fishing stakeholders for a welcome reception as we kick off this year's American Boating Congress! NMMA President Frank Hugelmeyer will give opening remarks, followed by Senator Bill Hagerty (TN-R).

Tuesday, May 9, 2023


ABC 2023 Opening Breakfast - Sponsored by Boat US
Join industry stakeholders for the ABC's opening breakfast, featuring remarks from NMMA President Frank Hugelmeyer on the state of the industry, and what to expect at this year's annual advocacy event.


Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Martin
Hear from renowned author and journalist Jonathan Martin, bureau chief and senior political columnist for POLITICO. Martin will lead a discussion into understanding today’s politics, while sharing firsthand accounts of goings-on behind the scenes of many of the most significant moments shaping the nation’s political landscape.


Industry Lunch

Join industry leaders and representatives for an Industry Lunch where this year's Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award will be presented.


Panel: Understanding NOAA's Vessel Speed Regulation 

NMMA staff will discuss the latest developments related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed rule changes to its North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule. Updates will include information on what actions the industry is taking to protect the recreational boating and fishing industry. In addition, Viking Yachts will provide an update on the work of recently formed Whale And Vessel Safety (WAVS) Taskforce. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.


Recreational Boating and Angling Reception* 
Join the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Center for Sportfishing Policy, and American Sportfishing Association for our annual BoatPAC Reception at Market Pier and Officina.

*Reception is closed to BoatPAC contributors. To learn more about BoatPAC and to join, please visit Boating United.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023


Breakfast - Sponsored by Regulator
Gather with the industry for the final day of the American Boating Congress before heading to Capitol Hill.



Wednesday's programming will include speakers Senator John Boozman (AR-R), Senator Joe Manchin (WV-D), and Representative Pete Stauber (MN-R). Check back for additional details as more speakers are confirmed.


Meetings on Capitol Hill 
Head to Capitol Hill for conversations with members of Congress and staff to discuss the industry's most pressing issues and how they can advocate on behalf of the recreational boating industry.

The NMMA team will be in touch with those who request Hill meetings with members of Congress and staff. Buses to Capitol Hill offices will depart at 9:00am ET.






American Boating Congress Sponsors 2023

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors!

President’s Level

Brunswick • MarineMax • Yamaha  

Admiral’s Level

Correct Craft

Captain’s Level

Beneteau Group • BoatUS • BRP • Dometic • Indmar • Informa Markets • Suzuki • Vision Marine • Yanmar/Vetus

First Mate’s Level

Center for Sportfishing Policy • Malibu Boats • MRAA • Roswell Marine • SeaTow • Smoker Craft • Tiara Yachts • Torqeedo

Purser’s Level

Boats Group • Chaparral Boats • Info-Link Technologies • Marine Concepts • Marine Industries Assoc of South Florida • Midwest Industries • Northpoint Financial • Regulator Marine • Suntex Marinas • Viking Yachts • Voltsafe


Thank You to Our 2023 Co-Hosts

American Sportfishing Association • Association of Marina Industries • Massachusetts Marine Trade Association • Michigan Boating Industries Association • MTA New Jersey • National Marine Lenders Association