Welcome to RIMTA

Founded in 1964, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association represents all aspects of the marine industry. Our membership companies and organizations are dedicated to the growth in recreational boating and the creation of jobs for our industry in an environmentally friendly, safe and responsible way. Read more about RIMTA, including our accomplishments.

RIMTA also produces the Providence Boat Show and the Rhode Island Boat Show. For more information visit our boat show websites, www.providenceboatshow.com, and www.rhodeislandboatshow.com 

RIMTA Vision: Position Rhode Island as a worldwide leader in the marine industry. 
RIMTA Mission: Growing the Rhode Island Marine Industry through advocacy, education, and promotion.
Advocacy and the RIMTA Political Action Committee: RIMTA is your watchdog during the legislative session to ensure our industry is not unfairly regulated and to ensure the taxes we worked so hard to repeal are not reinstated.  Please consider making a donation to the RIMTA PAC today.  
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Latest News


State of the Industry: A Conversation with Neal Harrell

The first feature in our new RIMTA News (October issue) is an interview with Neal Harrell, founder and president of Newport-based Brooks Marine Group, a recruiting firm focused on the recreational marine industry. We asked Harrell to give us the 10,000-foot view of our industry: our recent history, our current status, our biggest challenges, and why Rhode Island’s marine trades are in the best position to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.


Sally Helme and Eric Goetz are 2014 Anchor Award Recipients

Sally Helme and Eric Goetz are 2014 Anchor Award Recipients

Sally Helme of The Sailing Company and Eric Goetz of Goetz Composites were named the 2014

recipients of the RIMTA Anchor Awards. These accolades are presented annually to individuals who have

had significant impact on the promotion and advancement of the state’s marine trades.


Training Funds Now Available

Through generous support from the Governors Workforce Board RI, RIMTA members can now receive up to $5000 in incumbent worker training funds through Express Grants. Companies must be located in RI and provide a 50% match. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and training must be completed within 90 days of applying.

Upcoming Events


Providence Boat Show


Rhode ISland Convention Center
1 Sabin Street Proidence, RI
United States
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 5:00pm

RIMTA Sets Dates for 2015 Providence Boat Show in January
Survey from 2014 Reveals High Percentage of Attendees Plan to Purchase Boats

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