ABBRA’s Annual Conference


Warren, RI (February 8, 2023) – The American Boatbuilders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Annual Conference. Attended by some of the country’s leading boat and service yards, the conference was held in Daytona Beach, Florida at the Ocean Center Convention Center. “On behalf of the entire executive team, I want to thank those who attended and participated in this important industry event ,” said Chad Morse, ABBRA’s president. “It was an engaging two days of camaraderie and learning while recognizing ABBRA’s 80th anniversary”, he continued.

The 2023 Annual Conference included the recognition of Certified Marine Service Manager (CMSM) Jason Moniz of MacDougall’s Cape Cod Marine Service. Conference panels included an ABBRA Status Report, Starkweather & Shepley’s Abbragard Program, Boatyard Compliance, Pro Marketing Tips: How Do You Communicate Your Greatness, Finding Hire-able Marine Service Technicians, and How Much Are you Paying Employees: ABBRA Wage Rate Survey and Discussion. Day one of the conference concluded with ABBRA’s Annual Member Meeting. Day two of the event provided free access to the Association of Marina industries Conference and Expo, which was held concurrently and featured over 150 booths and over forty speakers.

The ABBRA Annual Conference was sponsored by Great American Insurance Group, Starkweather & Shepley Marine Risk Solutions, Seakeeper and Bristol Marine.

About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service, and boat repair industry.