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Friday, September 23, 2016

On-Sale Now: Resurrection & Friday Harbor Salmon Derbies, set for Dec. 2-3

ON-SALE ALERT! Get your tickets now for:



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Stakeholder Meeting on Boat Paint Alternatives - 9/28 - Register Now

Event Information: First Stakeholder Meeting, Boat Paint Alternatives
  Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.
English : San Francisco Time
 More Info: http://www.northwestgreenchemistry.org/product-scorecards-antifouling-boat-paint.html

Event status:Not started (Register)
Date and time:Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:00 am
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

Program:
NWGC
Duration:1 hour 30 minutes
Description:
A 2007 Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) study found high levels of copper in Puget Sound marinas—much of it due to the use of antifouling paints. Consequently, the state legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring the phase out of copper-based antifouling paints on recreational vessels less than 65 feet in length by 2020. The law also requires Ecology to evaluate possible alternatives to copper-based paint. To meet this legislative requirement, Ecology is working with Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC) to identify and evaluate alternatives to copper antifouling boat paints. Addressing the presence of copper in antifouling boat paints benefits the environment, boatyards, the fishing industry, and recreational tourism. To learn more about this project, please visit Northwest Green Chemistry's website at http://www.northwestgreenchemistry.org/product-scorecards-antifouling-boat-paint.html

This is the first stakeholder meeting for this project. We will present a general overview of the project, including background, the role of stakeholders, the alternatives assessment method being used, and initial product selection, and solicit feedback.







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Monday, September 19, 2016

Register now for Certified Marine Managers Course - October 16-20


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Media Contact:
                                                                                                            Joy Elvin
                                                                                                            joy@abbra.org
                                                                                                            (401) 236-2466  


ABBRA CERTIFIED MARINE SERVICE MANAGER COURSE SET FOR SIDNEY, VANCOUVER, BC
OCTOBER 16TH TO 20TH 2016

ABBRA’s Certified Marine Service Managers Course to be held on the West Coast in Canada for the first time.
Newport (RI) September 12th, 2016 - The American Boat Builders and Repairers Associations’ Certified Marine Service Managers Course (CMSM) is scheduled for October 16th – 20th in Sidney, Vancouver, BC and is being hosted by Quadrant Marine Institute.  ABBRA offers the only extensive leadership training for boatyard operators that provides an industry recognized credential. 
Employers know that they need a strong leader to manage their team of competent certified technicians, who support productivity and keeps the team focused on success.  ABBRA teaches the leadership skills required to operate a boatyard, a service department, a boatbuilding, or large refit project.
The CMSM Course offers a unique opportunity for boatyard operators to professionalize their staff and improve the efficiency and profitability of their businesses.  The ideal candidate for this certification course wants to advance, and demonstrates proven leadership and management skills in the operation of a boatyard, a service department or a marine service and repair business.
The Certified Marine Service Managers course is based on proven leadership principles and best business practices, that meet the boatyard industry’s professional standards.  The CMSM Course focuses on boatyard operations, leadership and time management skills, policies and procedures, human resources, health & safety, environmental compliance issues, teambuilding, and financial management.  It is taught by a group of widely respected industry experts from both the US and Vancouver area. For course content and registration information, click here.  Space is limited. The deadline for registration is 3rd October, 2016.
About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)
Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry.


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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Register Now for the 2016 Northwest Marina & Boatyard Conference, Oct. 27-28


Click HERE or on the banner to register. 

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

2016 Q2 Boat Sales Data Available Now!

Q2 Boat Sales Data is in! 

Click HERE to view.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What to know: Copper Bottom Paint Phase-out (Video)


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Maritime Job Fair August 26th, 5pm


Please join the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, in partnership with the Northwest Marine Trades Association and Edensaw Woods, for an evening of

Pints and Possibilitiesan informal job fair.

Pints and Possibilities will take place at 5pm on August 26th at the Finn River Cider Garden.

Students and alumni of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will be invited to join potential employers from the maritime industry around Washington State.

Food and first round drinks are provided so please RSVP to ensure we have plenty to go around: mb@nwswb.edu or 360-385-4948 x 307

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

3 Appointed to Fill Positions on NMTA Board of Trustees


SEATTLE – June 30, 2016 – The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) has announced the appointment of three open positions on its Board of Trustees.

New to the board are Paul Sorensen, BST Associates, and Alex Sutter, Fisheries Supply Company. Scott Anderson, CSR Marine, was re-elected to a new term.

Sorensen currently works as principal at BST Associates, which he founded in 1986. Most of BST’s work is related to waterfront development projects in which they analyze demand, financial performance and economic impact and prepare business plans for public and private sector clients.

“I am a strong supporter of the NMTA and feel that I can help guide efforts to grow marine business in Washington state,” he said.

Sutter oversees operations as Vice President of Fisheries Supply Company. Previously, Sutter was a business attorney who focused on negotiating transactions as well as advising executives and directors on governance and corporate business matters.

“My experience running Fisheries Supply provides me insights into trends in our local and national boating communities that could prove useful to the board’s decision-making process,” he said. 


Anderson, with over 30 years of marine industry experience, returns for a second term on the Board of Trustees. He previously chaired the NMTA Boatyard Committee and also serves as a Board member for the Footloose Sailing Foundation and is a recent member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.

“Over the years, I have met and worked with a large segment of the recreational marine group, from brokers to end users, as well as other repair professionals,” he said. “I have developed an understanding of the issues and the concerns of this group and will be able to assist NMTA to make appropriate decisions to enhance and grow the marine industry here in Washington.”

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Sign the Petition to Fix Our Fisheries

Do you care about the future of sport fishing in Washington? 

Help fix our fisheries and shape fishing policy by signing the Fix Our Fisheries petition so that our state senators and representatives can continue to be told how important recreational fishing is. 


http://tinyurl.com/fixourfisheries

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Friday, June 03, 2016

2016 NMTA Elections Results


The results are in: Congratulations to Scott Anderson (CSR Marine), Paul Sorensen (BST Associates), and Alex Sutter (Fisheries Supply) on being electing to a three-year term on the NMTA Board of Trustees.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Salmon co-managers agree on Puget Sound fisheries, will work to improve season-setting process

NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Treaty Tribes in Western Washington
May 26, 2016
Contacts: Ron Warren, WDFW, (360) 902-2799;
Tony Meyer, Treaty Tribes, (360) 528-4325

Salmon co-managers agree on Puget Sound fisheries,
will work to improve season-setting process

OLYMPIA – State and tribal fishery managers today agreed to Puget Sound salmon-fishing seasons for 2016, ending several weeks of extended negotiations.

Officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, and treaty tribes also agreed to work together to improve the process of setting salmon-fishing seasons, known as “North of Falcon.” The co-managers did not reach agreement during the annual season-setting process, which concluded in mid-April.

Anticipated low numbers of salmon – especially coho – returning to Puget Sound made this year’s negotiations challenging.

“Our first priority is to develop fisheries that are consistent with efforts to protect and rebuild wild salmon stocks,” said Jim Unsworth, director of WDFW. “Reaching an agreement on how to do that proved very challenging this year. Ultimately, we agreed on a package of fisheries that places a priority on conservation while allowing for limited fishing opportunities in Puget Sound.”

State and tribal fisheries will be greatly reduced this year in Puget Sound as low returns of chinook, chum and coho are expected. The tribes and state have closed all fisheries directed at returning coho, except in a few areas, where sufficient fish are expected back this year. 

With this season’s fisheries resolved, the co-managers will focus on addressing long-term resource management concerns, such as restoring habitat and boosting salmon stocks.

“Habitat restoration and protection must be at the center of that effort,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. “There is a direct connection between salmon habitat and fishing opportunities. We can’t expect salmon to thrive while their habitat continues to be lost and damaged.”

WDFW and tribal leaders said they appreciated the governor’s leadership and participation in the process, and that they remain committed to co-management of the state’s shared resources. They believe the state and tribes are most effective when working together to conserve fish, wildlife and their habitat.

Changes to this year’s Puget Sound sport salmon fisheries can be found on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/, where information on recreational salmon fisheries in ocean waters and the Columbia River also is available.

For information on tribal fisheries, contact the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (http://nwifc.org/).


Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

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Salmon seasons set for Puget Sound; area waters expected to re-open to fishing soon

NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
May 26, 2016
Contacts: John Long, (360) 902-2733;
Laurie Peterson, (360) 902-2790

Salmon seasons set for Puget Sound;
area waters expected to re-open to fishing soon

OLYMPIA – State and tribal leaders today reached an agreement on Puget Sound fisheries that is expected to pave the way toward opening summer salmon seasons and waters recently closed to recreational fishing.

The co-managers agreed on this year’s Puget Sound salmon seasons after several weeks of extended negotiations. Anticipated low numbers of salmon – especially coho – returning to Puget Sound made this year’s negotiations challenging.

Agreement on fishing seasons is a key step in obtaining a joint federal permit required to conduct fisheries in Puget Sound waters, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) closed many Puget Sound-area waters to fishing on May 1, after the previous federal authorization to conduct fisheries expired.

“We plan to re-open those waters as soon as we have federal approval,” said John Long, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW. “We anticipate getting the new permit within a few weeks.”

More information on the fisheries that closed May 1 is available on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/pugetsound_salmon_update/.

In the meantime, anglers can begin making plans to fish for salmon this summer in Puget Sound-area waters, where most of those fisheries will target hatchery chinook. Salmon fisheries throughout the Puget Sound area will be constrained to protect coho salmon and other weak salmon stocks, Long said. 

“Conservation is key in developing these fisheries, especially in a year with such low returns expected back to the Sound,” Long said. “We worked hard to meet those conservation needs and provide fisheries that are meaningful for both state and tribal fishers.”

Changes in Puget Sound salmon fisheries since last summer can be found on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/, where information on Washington’s salmon fisheries in ocean waters and the Columbia River also is available. Some of those changes include:

  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will be open from July 16 to Aug. 15, or when the quota of 1,395 fish is met. The area was closed last summer to chinook retention. Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will be open on the same dates as Marine Area 10, but also could close sooner if the quota of 3,056 fish is met.

  • There will be no coho fisheries in marine areas of Puget Sound, with the exception of Hood Canal, where sufficient coho are forecast to return.

  • WDFW is closing some rivers and marine areas to all salmon fishing during September and October, the peak months for coho salmon to return to Puget Sound. Rivers slated for closures include the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Nisqually. Lakes Washington and Sammamish also will be closed to fishing during those months.

  • The lower mainstem of the Skokomish River will be closed to non-tribal fishing this year due to a claim by the tribe that the river is part of the Skokomish Reservation and public access is prohibited. WDFW is working to evaluate this claim. The closed area includes the section of river from the Tacoma Public Utilities power lines (near the mouth of the river) upstream to the Bonneville Power Administration power lines (upstream and west of Highway 101). The department advises anglers to observe this closure of the state’s fishery that will be monitored by WDFW police.

More details on salmon seasons in Puget Sound and other areas of Washington will be available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ later this month.

For information on tribal fisheries, contact the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (http://nwifc.org/).


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day (May 20) and Wear It World Record Day (May 21)

Join us in celebrating Wear Your Lifejacket to Work day on Friday, May 20!

Then, on Sat. May 21, help Washington State Parks break the record for number of lifejackets worn by hosting a Wear It event! For more information and to register, click here

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Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 Q1 Boat Sales Data Now Available

2016 Q1 Boat Sales Data is now available at nmta.net. 

Head to nmta.net and go to:
Member Services > Members Only > Boat Sales Data

http://www.nmta.net/member-services/membersonly/boat-sales-data.asp

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Take Action Now to Save Puget Sound Salmon Fishing

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Dear NMTA Member,
For the first time in thirty-two years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal fishery managers failed to reach an agreement on this year's salmon fishing seasons in Puget Sound. Without federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) approval of a joint state-tribal fishery agreement or separate approval of a stand-alone Puget Sound sport fishery plan, there will be a complete closure of all Puget Sound salmon fishing.
We can't let this happen to a Puget Sound sport fishery that generates over 500,000 angler trips and $100 million in economic value. We must work to restore transparency, fairness, and common sense to our cooperative management practices at the North of Falcon salmon season-setting process. Please click the "Click Here to Take Action" button below to urge your Washington state Congressional delegation, Governor and officials at NOAA Fisheries to take immediate action!
We commend WDFW Director Jim Unsworth and his staff for their extraordinary effort negotiating in good faith, with conservation as their first priority. Despite the serious challenges this year posed by reduced Coho and Chinook abundance, WDFW developed a plan that fell within conservation guidelines, met ESA requirements, and provided meaningful recreational fishing opportunity via Mark-Selective Fishing.
WDFW and treaty tribes met on April 27 and were once again unable to reach a responsible and equitable fishery agreement. Without this agreement, each side must independently request authorization from NOAA for their desired fisheries.
This latest crisis facing our fisheries comes on top of the failure of NOAA Fisheries to provide needed ESA permits to over a hundred salmon and steelhead hatcheries as well as the necessary reviews for the Mitchell Act program that funds one-third of all Columbia River hatchery salmon production. This puts our fisheries at extreme risk of closure due to litigation from anti-hatchery organizations!
The Recreational Fishing Community (anglers and businesses) consisting of the Coastal Conservation Association, Charter Boat Association of Puget Sound, Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club, Fish Northwest, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Outdoor Line, and Puget Sound Anglers stand together firmly on the need for NOAA Fisheries to take immediate action to approve WDFW's conservation-focused salmon fishing proposal for Puget Sound. Please contact your elected officials and NOAA Fisheries on behalf of conservation, fairness, and a Puget Sound salmon sport fishing season!
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Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future - May 5



Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future
5:00 - 9:00pm, Thursday, May 5


5:00 - 7:00pm - Meet representatives from WWTA, state agencies, and more! Or, shop at the REI store with a 20% off coupon offered upon completion of the State Parks Paddling Survey

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Presentations from:

1.       Kick off speaker - Tom Vogl, CEO of the Mountaineers
2.       Jon Snyder – Governor’s Director of Outdoor Initiatives (10 mins)
3.       Sky to Sound Water Trail presentation – Snohomish County, Annique Bennett (12 mins)  
4.       State Parks Water Access slideshow of paddlesport pictures from 67 state parks (12 mins)
5.       Washington State Parks and Paddlesports Committee (10 mins)


8:00-9:00 p.m. - Continue to shop at REI, talk with state agencies. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival - Friday, April 22

The 2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour is coming to Seattle this Spring! Join Mountain to Sound Outfitters & Alki Kayak Tours on April 22nd/ Earth Day to celebrate the beginning of Spring, paddling season and the inspirational waterways of the world! We will be showcasing films that highlight sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and water safety with a variety of gear raffles between each film!


Since 2006, the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year's best paddling films. You'll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. 

When: Friday April 22nd, 2016 | 7:15pm-10pm 
Where: Pershing Hall | 3618 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98126
What: A series of short films | Cash bar | Gear Raffles
Tickets: Advance $ 12 | At the door $ 15

Click here for tickets. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gov. Inslee signs bridge-access bill

Gov. Inslee signs bridge-access bill

SEATTLE – March 29, 2016 – Paddlers in the Northwest could benefit from a bill signed Friday that requires the Washington Department of Transportation to consider access to the water when building or refurbishing bridges.

Senate Bill 6363 hopes to improve public access at bridge right-of-ways by requiring the state to include a formal evaluation of opportunities for water access within the public right-of-way on future bridge projects.

“When a bridge is constructed, it represents an important opportunity to evaluate how the public is using the site for river access and identify opportunities to both improve public safety and enhance the quality of the user experience,” said Thomas O’Keefe of American Whitewater.

The Bill was introduced in the fall of 2014 following a recommendation from the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force to address access to recreational opportunities. Based on a similar provision in the California State Highway Code, the bill passed the full Senate on March 5, 2015. However, due to issues with the bill language, the bill failed to make it out of the Rules Committee when time ran out for the 2015 legislative session.


On January 8, 2016, the bill was re-introduced by American Whitewater and the Northwest Marine Trade Association. With revised language approved by the House Transportation Committee and Washington Dept. of Transportation, the bill was passed by the Senate on Feb.17 with a unanimous 49-0 vote and the House with a 58-39 vote on March 3, 2016.

"This is a big deal for our friends in the paddling community," said Peter Schrappen, Northwest Marine Trade Association's Vice President who was the lead on the bill. "Unfortunately, our state's department of transportation has periodically built bridges and wiped out access to the water. An example of this occurred on Highway 2 over the Wenatchee River. While this doesn't always happen, this bill provides a safeguard for us."

 In Washington state, approximately 11 percent of the state’s population participates in non-motorized boating. This number grows every year and bridge construction represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to include access to the water in its design.

 For more information on this Bill, visit http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6363&year=2015



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Contact
Peter Schrappen
NMTA Director of Government Affairs
(206) 634-0911

peter@nmta.net

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Paddlesport Summit - May 5

Paddlesport Summit at Seattle REI
5:30-9:00 p.m.  - Thursday May 5

(Before the event, at 11:30am or 12:00pm, WWTA and state agencies start tabling to provide info and talk with those who come in the store that day and have paddlers take State Park's Paddling survey on iPads)

5:30-7:00 p.m. attendees can shop at the REI store (using an REI coupon provided to those attending the event) and WWTA/state agencies continue tabling to provide info and talk with attendees and have attendees take State Park's Paddling survey on iPads

7:00-8:00 p.m. presenters:

1.       Kick off speaker - TBA
2.       Jon Snyder – Governor’s Director of Outdoor Initiatives (10 mins)
3.       Sky to Sound Water Trail presentation – Snohomish County, Annique Bennett (12 mins)  
4.       State Parks Water Access slideshow of paddlesport pictures from 67 state parks (12 mins)
5.       Washington State Parks and Paddlesports Committee (10 mins)


8:00-9:00 p.m. attendees can continue to shop at REI, talk with state agencies

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Register now for the 2016 Northwest Paddling Festival, May 6-7

Interested in exhibiting at the 2016 Northwest Paddling Festival? 
Click here for the 2016 Exhibitor Registration Packet

Note: The above packet may take a few moments to open/download.

Attention non-profits!
Earn a free 10×10 booth by bringing in six volunteers to the event volunteer pool (this is in addition to your specific booth needs). Fill out the Exhibitor Registration Packet and in the payment area write in “Trade for volunteers”. We’ll follow up with you!
For questions, please contact the Northwest Marine Trade Association office at info@northwestpaddlingfestival.com or call 206-634-0911.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Marine Permit Meeting - Wednesday, March 16



U.S. Coast Guard Marine Permit Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Wednesday March 16 at the 48° North office

48° North will be hosting its annual meeting between the Coast Guard and organizations planning to conduct a marine event in the Puget Sound area. Marine event permits are required for any event that meets one or more of the following criteria:
  • The event takes place on or near navigable waters of the US.
  • The event takes place in or near an area designated as environmentally sensitive .
  • The event involves inherently hazardous competition (example speed boat race with vessels traveling greater than 30 mph).
  • The event could cause any obstruction to a navigable channel or change customary presence of commercial vessels.


The purpose of this meeting is to allow event organizers the opportunity to meet face to face with the members of the Coast Guard that administer marine permitting in sector Puget Sound. The Coast Guard will present a program covering who must have a permit, why the permits are required and how to obtain and file the proper forms, followed by a question and answer session. There is typically time to informally meet with the Coast Guard crew after the question and answer session. Please drop by the 48° North office (6327 Seaview Ave. NW – behind West Marine) any time after 6:00 to mingle with other event organizers and the 48° North staff. The presentation will begin at 6:30.

RSVP encouraged but not required – joe@48north.com,  michael@48north.com or call 206-789-7350




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Friday, March 04, 2016

Take advantage of NMEA training April 13-15 at NMTA









Outstanding Training opportunities offered by the NMEA
April 13/14/15
Seattle, WA!

Location:
Northwest Marine Trade Association
1900 N. Northlake Way, # 233
Seattle, WA 98103-9087
Phone:  206-634-0911206-634-0911

Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Wednesday, April 13th

NMEA2000 Training, Thursday, April 14th

Advanced Marine Electronics Installer, Friday, April 15th

The courses run from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with an exam given at the end of the session.  Lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required.  Please visit our website at www.nmea.org to register.
 

Course materials are sent out in advance, please sign up early.


We hope to see you there!

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Port of Port Townsend seeks new Executive Director

While we are excited for the Port of Port Townsend’s Director Larry Crockett and his upcoming retirement, we are jealously a bit sad that Larry will not be as engaged with our association as he has been.

As the Port looks for a new director, they have reached out to us for help in getting the word out.

Here’s their job description:

The Port of Port Townsend, Port Townsend, WA, seeks an engaging, accomplished leader to guide the efforts of one of the nation’s premier and diverse maritime destinations.

The Executive Director spearheads economic development in Jeff­erson County on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The ED oversees three marinas, a renowned marine trades industrial area at the Port Townsend Boat Haven, the Jeff­erson County International Airport and industrial park, a waterfront RV park at Point Hudson Marina, boat launches at several sites around eastern Jeff­erson County, and Union Wharf and City Dock in downtown Port Townsend.

Home to many of the best boat repair craftsmen and women in the world, the festival-‑filled Victorian seaport of Port Townsend and our facilities combine to make us the very best recreation and boat maintenance choice in the Puget Sound region.

Completed application packets are due no later than April 1, 2016.

Selections for interviews will be made the first week of April; the Port will notify interviewees at that time. All applicant information will be held in confidence until such time the applicant finalists are chosen. Those individuals will be expected to participate in a public forum for introduction before Port stake holders, the general public, and the media.

For the complete Executive Director application packet, please visit www.portofpt.com/ed
Inquiries: Executive Director Larry Crockett or Director of Finance/Port Auditor Abigail Berg at (360) 385-0656.


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Friday, February 26, 2016

Help determine policy for drawbridge openings and working on the water permits

Did you hear that the city of Seattle wants to change the schedule of the drawbridges?

That’s right. Attend the NMTA Government Affairs Committee meeting on Thursday, March 3 at 10:00 am at NMTA (1900 N Northlake Way, Suite 200/ Seattle, WA  98103) to learn more and let us know where you stand.


Plus, we will have a key representative from the city to discuss the need for permits when you work in the water. This will be a “can’t miss” meeting jam-packed of information and news. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Advocate for boating at NMTA Lobby Day on Feb. 24


Don’t miss this year’s NMTA Lobby Day! On February 24, NMTA members will take to the hill to meet with key lawmakers to encourage them to support our legislative agenda. Build relationships, engage targeted decision-makers and help NMTA advance our agenda. Plus, the evening ends with a reception at the Olympia Yacht Club at 5:30. For more info, contact Peter Schrappen (Peter@nmta.net

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seattle Boat Show reports increased attendance

SEATTLE — The 69th annual Seattle Boat Show wrapped up on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 with an increase in attendance of 1.4 percent over 2015. The nine-day event attracted visitors from 37 states, three Canadian provinces, one Canadian territory and from as far away as Australia, Great Britain and China. Attendance was 52,427 compared to 51,684 last year.
“We were very pleased to see an increase in attendance,” said George Harris, president/CEO, Northwest Marine Trade Association. “Attendees showed up with enthusiasm, ready to shop, plan and prepare for every type of boating in the Northwest, and the reports from our exhibitors are some of the most positive we’ve seen in years.”
Exhibitors across the board were extremely positive about the quantity and quality and positive attitude of show attendees.
“It was our best Seattle Boat Show ever in terms of unit sales. We were up 27 percent in units over last year and 22 percent in dollar volume. We couldn’t be more pleased. Product innovation played a big part. Buyers were seeing enough new features and innovations this year that helped them substantiate the value,” said James Baker, vice president, Seattle Boat Company, dealer for Cobalt and Malibu boats and a Boating Industry Top 100 dealer.
“We ended up with a record show. We had a double-digit increase over last year. There seemed to be more first time boaters at the show that were interested in getting out on the water and enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  We were busy the whole entire show. In fact, I never had a chance to leave my booth long enough to check out the rest of the displays!” said Jeff Messmer, vice president, Ranger Tugs/ Cutwater Boats.
“We were excited to see the entry level buyer back, something we hadn’t seen much of since before the recession. But many categories were strong. It appears there are a lot of people with a renewed interest in boating. We ended the show up 50 percent in unit sales and 30 percent in dollar volume,” said Kevin Roggenbuck, CEO, Lake Union Sea Ray, a Boating Industry Top 100 dealer.
“We had a steady stream of qualified prospects throughout the nine days of the show. There wasn’t a single day we were twiddling our thumbs!  We’ve never been so busy post-show. It was a huge success for us,” said Dan Krier, vice president, Marine Servicecenter, dealer for Jeanneau, Lagoon, Island Packet and Blue Jacket yachts.
Other encouraging signs for the Northwest recreational boating industry are the recently released numbers for new boat sales in Washington State. According to UW Sea Grant, which compiles sales data from the Washington State Department of Licensing, new vessel sales in January 2016 were the best in current dollars (not adjusted for inflation) since January 2007, before the recession began, and the best since January 2008 in units sold.

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