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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