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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.




NMLA's 37th Annual Lenders Conference took place September 25-27, 2016 at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, GA. Those in attendance were treated to the latest industry statistics, a look at the manufacturing success of Correct Craft, the benefits and challenges of boat sharing, an in depth economic forecast, a dose of motivational humor, and a "Behind the Scenes" look at the NMLA. Everyone LOVED the resort and their wonderful southern hospitality (not to mention the great food!). There were plenty of opportunities to network with business associates and old friends during receptions, the NMLA's 20th Annual Golf Tournament, and while aboard the St. Simons Colonial Island Trolley tour. The conference closed with our very own "Casino Night" and Silent Auction - fun, fun, FUN!  We promise to post pictures from the event to this website very soon. 

Plans are already underway for our 2017 Annual Lenders Conference (our 38th!) at the Hyatt, Indian Wells, CA (October 22-24). Please mark the dates on your calendars and continue to visit this website for all NMLA future events and announcements.

It's Boat Show time on the East Coast, now through mid-November, and we're hoping visitors to this website plan to attend the upcoming Annapolis, MD and Ft. Lauderdale, FL Shows. When choosing who to work with on financing, USCG documentation/titling, surveys and marine insurance, we hope you will contact a NMLA member. CLICK HERE for our current member directory and look for them whenever you're at a Boat Show.  Enjoy the coming months... 



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.