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Welcome to the National Marine Lenders Association

The National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA) was formed in 1979 by founding directors Bill Otto, Jackie Forese, and the late Don Mattocks. It was created, and continues today, to educate current and prospective lenders in marine financing procedures, promote the extension of credit to consumer and trade borrowers, maintain alliances with industry partners, measure and report on the vitality of the marine lending market, and actively maintain networking and communication benefits for its members.

The National Marine Lenders Association is made up of banks, loan origination companies (service companies), finance companies, credit unions and other industry professionals. For visitors to this website in search of financing options, please select the FOR BOAT BUYERS tab at the top of this screen. If you are involved in marine lending and interested in becoming a member of the NMLA, please select the JOIN THE NMLA tab for additional information and an application. 

Thank you for visiting this website. For additional information, please feel free to contact us at (410) 980-1401 or via email at info@marinelendlers.org.



'Tis that time of year when we count our blessings, especially those of family and friends. Therefore, I'd like to take this opportunity to say “thank you" to our members and industry associates for your ongoing support and for being part of the NMLA family.

We enjoyed many accomplishments in 2016 including welcoming eight (8) new members, the best attendance ever at our Marine Lending Workshop, many enhanced sponsorship opportunities, the production of the 2016 Annual Report (in digital format for the first time), improvements to our "Snapshot" quarterly survey reporting, ongoing updates to this website, and a very successful Annual Lenders Conference this past September.

Looking ahead, it's not too late to get the discounted registration rate for the upcoming March 5-7 Marine Lending Workshop (discount expires 12/31/16). And certainly, please don't forget to mark your calendars for the October 22-24 Annual Lenders Conference at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, CA. Information for both events can be found at the bottom of this Homepage.

This will be my last President's Message as at the end of this year, I will be stepping down after four years as your President. It has been a very rewarding experience for me and I hope that I have been influential in steering the association on a path to help better benefit the membership as a whole.

Happy Holidays EVERYONE!!! On behalf of your NMLA Board of Directors, I would like to wish you, your families and your colleagues all the joys of the Season and a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017. 

Best Wishes,

Michael Bryant 



Diverse Offerings Finance
Finance Solution LLC
Independent Bank
KALM Marine Equipment Insurance
Palmer Biezup & Henderson LLP
SeaDream, Inc.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
YachtCloser Financial, LLC



All of our sponsor companies - banks, financial services providers, dealers, title and USCG documentation companies, marine surveyors, marine insurance companies, recovery/liquidators, maritime attorneys, and technology service providers, are involved in the marine industry. So, whether you are a current NMLA member, an industry affiliate, a boat dealer/broker, or a boat buyer, NMLA sponsors are the businesses you should be working with. 

It is our pleasure to provide you with the contract information of our sponsor companies as well as a brief description of the services each one offersPlease visit our “SPONSOR LINKS” tab at the top of this webpage.