American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC)

The American Boat & Yacht Council, ABYC, was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. The mission of ABYC is to improve boating safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.

Association of Marina Industries (AMI)

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A non-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the marina industry. AMI was formed when the Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) and the International Marina Institute (IMI) merged in 2005. For more information, visit

Boating Writers International (BWI)

BWI is a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.

Members include active marine journalists across the United States, Canada and Europe; associate members in public relations roles; and supporting members, such as marine manufacturers and service companies.

MRAA logoMarine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) 

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the only North American association dedicated to furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers and other marine-related retailers throughout North America. Through its MRAA Rewards Program, the MRAA offers a host of cost-saving, revenue-generating, business-improvement, and professional-development benefits, in addition to its valuable legislative work in Washington, D.C., and across North America. The MRAA is the united voice of marine retailers. For more information, visit

NMDA logoNational Marine Distributors Association (NMDA)

NMDA works to promote the common business interests and improve the business conditions of wholesale distributors of marine accessories, as well as the marine industry in general. 

NMRA logoNational Marine Representatives Association (NMRA)

A national organization serving marine industry independent sales reps and the manufacturers who sell through reps. 

Sail America

Sail America logoSail America is the only member-driven trade association dedicated to the sailing community. Established in 1990 by members of the U.S. Sailing Industry, Sail America works to promote the health and growth of sailing, providing leadership and a unified voice for the sailing industry. As such, Sail America plays a vital role for all companies involved in providing sailing-related products and services.

Membership is open to any person or business involved in the sailing industry. Additional fees apply.

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Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA)

The Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) is a trade association that promotes and protects towed water sports activities. It is the industry advocate that communicates, produces and distributes safety and educational materials for towed water sports, and works with local, state, and federal agencies in partnership with national governing bodies to ensure the use of waterways for towed water sports.