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


Build Your Workforce through an Apprenticeship Grant Opportunity

It’s no secret in the boating industry that many countries do a better job than the United States at utilizing apprenticeships to train their workforce. The Obama administration has come to the same conclusion and has set a new, nationwide goal: to double the number of apprentices in the United States within a five-year span. Build your workforce by participating in a federal grant opportunity to fund more apprenticeships in the R.I. marine trades. The deadline to participate is April 1, 2015. Click on the headline above to learn more.


Advocating for the Industry

No sales tax on boats in Rhode Island is widely considered RIMTA’s signature legislative achievement. Although that regulation was put on the books over 20 years ago, RIMTA’s Legislative Committee has an ongoing job: to keep lawmakers educated about the marine trades so favorable legislation stays in place, and to watch for new legislation that can impact the industry. Read about how RIMTA advocates for a business climate that supports the marine trades in Rhode Island.


RI Composites Alliance Receives Seed Funding

The Rhode Island Composites Alliance, a newly formed partnership of companies and stakeholders focused on growing the composites industry in Rhode Island, has received $175,000 in funding from the Rhode Island Foundation and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. The announcement was made at a press conference organized by RIMTA held on the opening morning of the Providence Boat Show.


Beyond Boat Building: Meet Matt Dunham and C3

RIMTA’s February News features Clear Carbon & Components and Matt Dunham, a founding member of the Rhode Island Composites Alliance (RICA). The composite components produced by this Bristol company are used in a wide array of businesses: from marine to medical, architecture, renewable energy, underwater industrial marine, transportation, military, and even the music industry. It's not hard to be impressed that this company, also known as C3, has forged sales channels into all these industries. But the web of applications the company's products are used in has its roots in a single industry. It all started with boat building.

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