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


Special Environmental Report - Ocean Debris: Global Problem, Local Solutions

When Volvo Ocean Race competitors sailed into Newport in early May, they brought with them the grit and glamour of offshore adventure, big crowds, and a spotlight on Rhode Island as a premier boating destination. But the race and stopover organizers at Sail Newport also brought something more: a focus on ocean conservation and the peril we all face if we let the tide keep running the way it has been. In the first of a special three-part environmental series from RIMTA News we cover the Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was held at the Volvo stopover in Newport.


Special Environmental Report - R.I. Sea Grant: Marrying Science with Practical Challenges

How can waterfront businesses deal with sea-level rise? How do we begin to tackle the challenge of recycling fiberglass? In the second of this three-part series we cover the Rhode Island Sea Grant program, which marries science with the practical challenges of managing our state’s coastal marine resources.


Special Environmental Report - The VOR Newport Stopover: A Green Model to Emulate

The day before the Volvo Ocean Race fleet restarted the competition with its in-port racing, Newport stopover organizers scored a win of their own when they were awarded Platinum Level certification as a Clean Regatta from conservation organization Sailors for the Sea. In the third of this three-part series we look at what organizers achieved and how this event is a model we can all learn from.


As Volvo Fleet Sails Away, New Youth Boatbuilding Programs Sails into Newport

The Volvo Ocean Race left Newport on May 17, but the race left in its wake thousands of local youth with fresh exposure to the excitement of boating. A new boatbuilding program that launches this summer in Newport will give some of those young people an opportunity to explore the marine trades as a potential career path. The new Summer 2015 Newport Boatbuilding Program is coordinated by RIMTA with Newport Public Schools and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island. Click above to learn more.


Partner with RIMTA to Build Your Workforce

If you are a member of the Rhode Island marine trades but are not using RIMTA as your partner to develop the workforce you need to fuel your business, you are missing out on one of the most valuable benefits of RIMTA membership. Click above for an article on workforce-development programs and funding opportunities. You will also find a link to a “Guide to RIMTA Programs and State Funding Sources” at the end of the article, with contact information and more details.

Upcoming Events


Sail America Industry Conference

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

The two-day 2015 Sailing Industry Conference “Grow Your Business, Grow The Industry”, sponsored by B&G and presented by Sail America provides information to improve your business, hear industry updates, network with other business experts and sailing industry professionals.

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