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MA Kids In Boating Initiative Issues 2018 Grants

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) is pleased to announce that their initiative KIDS in BOATING has distributed their 2018 grant awards. The KIDS in BOATING Initiative issued 16 grants this year totaling $13,100. The grants awarded ranged from $500 to $1,000.

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Released: July 18, 2018

Massachusetts KIDS Boating Day Doubles Attendance

The goal of increasing the number of events and attendees at this year's Massachusetts KIDS Boating Day was successful. The 2018 event, held June 2 to 10, included eight registered events, three of which were new, and total attendance of more than 5,000 - doubling the 2017 numbers. Massachusetts KIDS Boating Day was created in 2017 by the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA). Its purpose is to support and promote youth boating events around the state to introduce younger people to recreational boating in Massachusetts.

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Released: June 18, 2018

MMTA promoting youth events

Massachusetts Kids Boating Day events will take place from June 2-10 this year.

This is the second year the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association has spearheaded the initiative, but the association will spread the events out over nine days this year rather than just hold events on one day.

The effort encourages and promotes youth boating and fishing events.
 

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Released: March 23, 2018

Massachusetts opens grant program for youth boating

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust has opened the grant application process for its Kids in Boating initiative for the second year.

Recognizing the need to get more kids on the water enjoying the boating lifestyle, the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association and the MMTET created the Kids in Boating initiative in 2017.

The focus is to help support nonprofit youth boating programs. In 2017, the Kids in Boating initiative awarded 11 grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 each and totaling approximately $11,000. Read More

Released: March 15, 2018

VIDEO: MMTA seeking feedback on marketing efforts

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is looking for suggestions on marketing its website to the largest possible target audience. Read More

Released: March 13, 2018

New England Boat Show draws students

BOSTON - "We need you - "That was the message 3A Marine founder Ed Lofgren gave to students who gathered at the New England International Boat Show to learn about potential careers in the marine industry. "We have a very successful boat dealership," Lofgren said. "I learned along the way it was all based on service. Even my sales were based on service." Lofgren had intended to blanket the South shore of Massachusetts with two additional dealerships, but has been unable to attain his dream, he told a group of about 90 students from Cape Cod, Boston and Maine. Read More

Released: February 13, 2018

Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust Relaunches Online Boat Auction Fundraiser for Second Year

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) is currently running an online fundraiser. The MMTET is auctioning a brand-new 2016 Robalo R160 boat package complete with a 70 HP Yamaha outboard engine and matching trailer. This is the second year the MMTET has held this fundraiser. The auction will run through the final day of the New England Boat Show, Sunday, February 18 with the highest bidder winning the boat package. Last year this fundraiser raised over $20,000 for the educational trust and the hope is that will be the case again this year. For more information on the NE boat show visit NewEnglandBoatShow.com. Read More

Released: January 29, 2018

New Website Touts Marine Job Opportunities

A new website established by a statewide advocacy group aims to attract more people to the marine trades industry - a field that, like many, is seeing a shortage of workers coming into the fold. The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust and the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association have launched massboatingcareers.com, a website that touts the marine trades field and the job opportunities it offers. The site features job listings, information on education and a one-minute video promoting the field and the employment opportunities. Read More

Released: January 29, 2018

Bay State trade group hands out awards at conference

BROCKTON, Mass. - The Frank Farrell Award was presented to Richard "Dick" Egan, president of Crosby Yacht Yard Inc., on Thursday during the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association's annual conference. "It was my life, really, other than my business and my family," Egan said Thursday of his work with the MMTA, which was the reason he received the award. "I feel very rewarded to have been nominated for this recognition. I really appreciate it very, very much. For all those out there who don't know me, I wish you did because this industry is my life." Read More

Released: January 23, 2018

Boating Industry Growth with Workforce Development and Engaging Kids in Boating

Is a podcast for all boaters, from aspiring to experienced. Featuring in-depth conversations with boating experts and industry leaders, and packed full of tips, tricks, gear, and industry info, boaters of all levels will come away with new skills and knowledge each episode. Though many would agree that times are good in the marine industry right now, it is never too soon to address challenges that will affect the industry in the future. Two of these challenges that have been top of mind for everyone from manufacturers to dealers to marinas is the need for more workforce development, and the aging of our boating customer. The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association has been out in front of these issues and have developed some great initiatives to address them head on. Read More

Released: January 23, 2018

Lawyer addresses #MeToo movement at Massachusetts conference

The Me Too movement - a national social media campaign using the #metoo hashtag to give personal accounts of sexual harassment - has reached the marine industry.Lawyer Jamy Buchanan Madeja, who addressed a Massachusetts Marine Trades Association conference on Thursday about regulatory and government relations, spent a significant chunk of time discussing sexual harassment in the workplace and the potential repercussions of such cases. Read More

Released: January 23, 2018

Massachusetts trade group event focuses on workforce issues

Workforce was top of mind during a Massachusetts Marine Trades Association conference on Thursday that focused on the business of boating. Consultant Valerie Ziebron gave three presentations that focused heavily on attracting and retaining service technicians at dealerships. "Are you going to change young people to think the way you do? Or do we have to change us to think what they're thinking, and how we can make what we're offering attractive to them?" Ziebron asked during one session. Read More

Released: January 19, 2018

HULL OF A TOUR: The 'duck' stops here - in Hyannis

After six days of truly fabulous adventure our crew fondly kissed Maine and New Hampshire goodbye, leaving the moose warning signs, road construction and, to be fair, some pretty awesome riding behind. We had an incredible time exploring mountains and coastal communities. I'd love to come back and visit again, and that says a lot. Read More

Released: July 21, 2017

"Stay Local Boat MA" Program Offers Big Transient Discounts

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has launched its STAY LOCAL BOAT MA Transient Boater Referral Program for the ninth consecutive year. There are 15 participating marinas enrolled for 2017. The goal of STAY LOCAL BOAT MA is to encourage seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas within Massachusetts in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates. Read More

Released: July 11, 2017

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association declares June 10 KIDS Boating Day

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association announced it has declared Saturday June 10 as "Massachusetts KIDS Boating Day." Currently, there are four KIDS boating events taking place in Massachusetts on Saturday, but more events may be added before Saturday. "Educating young children on the safety of boating and at the same time allowing them to enjoy all that boating has to offer prepares them for a lifetime of linking these experiences of safe boating on our waterways," said Chairman Bill Straus of the Massachusetts Legislature's Boating Caucus. Read More

Released: June 6, 2017

KIDS in BOATING Initiative Issues First Round of Grants

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust announced its initiative KIDS in BOATING has distributed its first round of grant awards. The KIDS in BOATING initiative issued seven grants totaling $6,600. The grants awarded ranged from $500 to $1,500. The KIDS in BOATING grant program is designed to financially support non-profit youth programs in the state of Massachusetts. The KIDS in BOATING committee felt that these seven groups shared a common goal of getting more kids on the water in a safe and smart manner and deserved to receive a grant to assist in achieving this goal. Read More

Released: May 22, 2017

KIDS in BOATING Initiative Opens Grant Application

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust announced that its initiative KIDS in BOATING has now opened up its grant application. Recognizing the need to get more kids on the water and enjoying the boating lifestyle the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association and the Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust have created the KIDS in BOATING Initiative. The focus of this initiative is to help support nonprofit youth boating programs already in place in Massachusetts. The goal will be to challenge these groups to get more new kids on the water in a safe and smart manner. Read More

Released: April 18, 2017

35th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

August 26-27, 2017 (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem, Massachusetts
$5, children under 12 free

You don't get to see boats like this every day! See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more! Boats don't have to be in show condition; they can be works-in-progress. The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them. Read More

Released: March 1, 2017

Success, Strong Sales & Quality Crowds Reported out of New England

 The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show wrapped up its nine day run with attendance at 46,461, down 8 percent from 50,706 in 2016 due to heavy snow the first four days; however the Show had record attendance on Saturday and Sunday to close out the Show. Read More

Released: February 27, 2017

Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust holds Boat Fundraiser Auction

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust is currently running a fundraiser boat auction. The MMTET is auctioning off a 2016 Robalo R160 boat package complete with a 70HP Yamaha outboard engine and a matching trailer. The auction will run through the final day of the New England Boat Show Sunday, Feb. 19 with the highest bidder winning the boat package. Read More

Released: February 9, 2017

Randall Lyons from Massachusetts MTA selected for NOAA's Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

Randall Lyons, executive director of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, has been selected by NOAA to join its Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) as Business Industry Alternate member. The 3-year term is effective January 17, 2017. Read More

Released: February 2, 2017

Randall Lyons Named Executive Director of MMTA

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association announced the selection of Foxboro resident Randall Lyons, CMM to the position of association executive director. He succeeds Nathalie Grady of Framingham who recently left the association for a new job. Read More

Released: February 1, 2017

State Rep. Cantwell honored by Mass. Marine Trades Association

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) recently recognized State Rep. Jim Cantwell, D-Marshfield, as the 2016 MMTA Legislator of the Year. Read More

Released: January 30, 2017 

Trade Group Honors Former New England Show President

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association gave longtime New England Boat Show president Joe O'Neal, who retired last year, the Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award. Read More

Released: January 24, 2017

Massachusetts Marine Group Gears Up For Future Boaters

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, inspired by an association leader who has seen success with a similar initiative at the local level, recently announced its plan to attract youths to boating. Read More

Released: June 20, 2016

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association Launches Youth Boating Task Force

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) announced the recent formation of a Youth Boating Task Force. It is comprised of association members keenly aware of the aging population of the majority of boaters. The focus of the task force is to create opportunities statewide for youth to access boating experiences. Not only do early boating experiences lay the groundwork for the boating lifestyle to be embraced for generations to come, they may also inspire careers in the recreational marine trades. Read More

Released: June 14, 2016

 

 

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