A group of boating industry leaders and stakeholders convened at a panel event in Newport Beach during the final week of November. The group, according to a released statement, discussed pertinent issues directly affecting recreational boating, such as the changing structure of boat ownership and shifting boater demographics. The panel event was convened by BoatUS and included updates from representatives of NMMA, National Association of State Boating Law Administration, U.S. Power Squadrons and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Those at the panel discussed legislative issues and the evolving needs of boaters. Attendees will be looking, for example, at ways to get people onto the water even though they don’t own a boat.