European Boating Industry (EBI) represents the recreational boating and nautical tourism industry in Europe, which encompasses the following subsectors:
- boatbuilders (building motorboats, sailing boats, yachts, personal watercraft, and other recreational boats)
- engine manufacturers
- equipment manufacturing
- refit and maintenance companies
- boat dealers and importers
- marinas and yacht harbours
- boat charter and rental companies
- water sports rental companies
- other related companies
European waters count at least 6 million boats, 36 million regular boaters and over 6,000 inland and coastal marinas. The European recreational boating industry is made up of 32,000 companies (predominantly SMEs) which directly employ over 280,000 people. The sector is a key contributor to tourism and to local economies in coastal and island regions, and Europe is an important exporter of recreational boating products.
EBI is made up of the national associations representing the recreational boating industry in Europe, in addition to several individual organisations as sustaining members. More information about membership options can be found here. As an established stakeholder at EU level, EBI's mission is to advance and represent a sustainable boating and nautical tourism industry #MadeInEurope.
EBI Strategy 2022-2025
In January 2022, EBI adopted a new strategy for the period until 2025 to better represent the boating industry in a fast-changing environment characterised by a push towards sustainability, changing consumer trends and digitalisation.
The new mission statement representing this shift is advancing and representing a sustainable boating and nautical tourism industry #MadeInEurope.
EBI works on a set of key strategic areas for the future of the boating industry, such as the European Green Deal, Recreational Craft Directive, Circular Economy/End-of-life boats, Tourism, VAT, Professional Qualifications, Blue Economy, Access to Finance, Trade Policy, EU water legislation and other topics.
You can find more about what we stand for here.
EBI & the Sustainable Development Goals
EBI partnered with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, committing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In its commitment to fight for a better environment, EBI partnered with The SeaCleaners, an NGO created in 2016 which is trying to battle marine plastic pollution with a revolutionary waste-collecting ship. Read more about EBI's and The SeaCleaners' mission here.