Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day Seeks Industry Involvement
Monday, February 25, 2013
Posted by: Liz Walz
(February 25, 2013) – Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day 2013 — Saturday, June 8 — will be the first
nationwide boating event dedicated to helping industry stakeholders expand
their customer base as the industry collaborates to grow boating through
participation across the U.S.
will be held at on-water locales around the U.S. on Saturday, June 8, 2013. All
recreational boating businesses are encouraged to take part as event organizers
offer opportunities for industry partners to get involved. Every event will be
different based on the local market, boating opportunities and industry
partners. Suggested activities include: on-water hands-on training; open
houses; showcase of boats and related marine products; free demo rides with
sales follow-up; and, safety demonstrations
Read more event details here
National Marina Day was launched in 2001
by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) to promote the marina industry
and encourage marinas to introduce their local markets to the boating
lifestyle. The event merged efforts with Discover Boating last year to
broaden the event to promote the entire recreational boating industry under the
banner of the industry-wide ‘Welcome to the Water’ national campaign. In 2012, 250
marinas participated in 30 states.
to the Water on National Marina Day is truly a celebration of the boating
community from coast to coast,” said Wendy Larimer, AMI legislative coordinator.
"Momentum is building and to make these local events a success, support,
enthusiasm and grassroots efforts by the recreational boating industry are
needed to bring each event to life around the country.”
AMI has expanded its 2013 event efforts to include partnerships with marine
industry organizations and stakeholders, including the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA);
National Safe Boating Council; Recreational Boating & Fishing
Foundation (RBFF); BoatU.S.; American Sailing Association (ASA); US Sailing; US Powerboating; Freedom Boat Club; ValvTect; Marinas International; and, Ocean Conservancy. All with the
shared goal to provide a unified message across the range of local events, broaden the reach
of these grassroots efforts and provide visitors with the opportunity for hands-on
interested in participating, sign up via NationalMarinaDay.org or contact one of
the event organizers below based on your marine business:
Marinas: Contact Wendy Larimer at email@example.com.
Marine dealers: Contact Matt Gruhn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manufacturers: Contact Carl Blackwell at email@example.com.
General inquiries and training opportunities: Contact Tom
Knighten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Our goal is to bring together marine-related businesses to
achieve a shared goal—to grow participation in boating—and, at the same time,
provide the opportunity for each business to achieve its own objectives,"
said Carl Blackwell, Discover Boating president. "Whether you’re a dealer,
marina, manufacturer, distributor or service provider, we need your help to
welcome more people to boating through this nationwide boating event.”
Welcome to the Water on
National Marina Day is produced by the Association of Marina Industries, and
Discover Boating. For more information and to register to participate, visit www.NationalMarinaDay.org