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Friday, November 10, 2017

West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Lake Coeur d’Alene angler








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     West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Lake Coeur d’Alene angler

SEATTLE – Nov. 10, 2017 – Gary March of Worley, Idaho, had hit a low point in his life while on a recent mule deer hunting trip at Fort Peck Reservoir in northeastern Montana.

“I was in an area that didn’t have cell phone coverage, and nine miles from the boat launch when I lost control of my truck and boat, and went off a 30-foot embankment,” March said. “There was a little damage to the boat, but the truck is totaled. It took me a few days to get the trailer fixed before I could get it home.”


While waiting for repairs in Jordan, Montana, he sat in his hotel room, and noticed three voicemails on his cell phone that lifted his emotions.
Those calls were coming from Karsten McIntosh with the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA). McIntosh had great news: March’s name had been randomly drawn on Nov. 5 at the Everett No-Coho Blackmouth Derby from more than 4,000 anglers following the conclusion of the 2017 West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

McIntosh had notified March that he had won the grand prize, a fully-equipped 22-foot Hewescraft OceanPro aluminum boat with Honda motors and trailer valued at around $85,000.

And this is where the story gets interesting since the boat that slipped off the side of a remote road along the fifth largest artificial lake in the U.S. was also a 22-foot Hewescraft OceanPro!

“(McIntosh) called me, told me I won a boat and I said you’ve got to be kidding me,” March said. “My emotions were pretty low at the time, and then I was right back on top. I had a pretty big swing of emotions at that moment.”

Call it divine intervention or fate, but according to March, everyone has always called him “Lucky” his whole life and winning this beautiful boat definitely sealed the deal!

March’s name was entered into the derby series drawing after fishing in The Big One Salmon Derby on Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho on July 26-30.

“I had a really slow tournament this summer, and have fished it for over 20 years with my wife Claire,” said March. “This was the first time I fished the tournament after a few years off.”

March, who lived most of his life in Spokane, had just retired back in March after a 45-year career with White’s Boot Company in Spokane.
The boat is the 14th grand prize boat, motor, and trailer package that has been given away since the Series was created in 2004. This year’s Hewescraft 220 OceanPro boat is powered by a 250-horsepower Honda and a 9.9-horsepower Honda trolling motor, on an EZ Loader tandem axle trailer. The boat came fully-equipped with top-of-the-line extras including Raymarine electronics, Scotty Downriggers, and a Dual Electronics stereo.

“How exciting for Gary to win this fully-loaded boat, and I can’t wait to see him out on the water at Coeur d’Alene next summer,” said Mark Yuasa, who coordinates the Northwest Salmon Derby Series and chatted with the “Lucky” derby winner. “There was nothing more thrilling than to hear how happy he was after winning this impressive fully-geared fishing boat.”

The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series is a fishing promotion program directed by the NMTA that encourages boating and fishing in the Northwest. In 2017, the Series included 14 derbies in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. For each derby an angler competes in, they get one entry into the drawing for the grand prize boat held at the final derby in the Series.

Now that March is retired and has a new home on Lake Coeur d’Alene he plans to make good use of the boat and hopefully eclipse his best chinook catch of 24.9 pounds on the expansive 25-mile lake.

“I’m retired and with this waterfront home on the lake and now the owner of a new boat, I will definitely be fishing this derby every summer,” he said with excitement.
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For more information on the West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series, visit www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.

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About the Northwest Marine Trade Association
The NMTA is the nation’s largest regional marine trade association. It represents more than 725 companies in the recreational boating industry, including boat dealers, boat brokers, marinas, boatyards, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of boating accessories and services. The NMTA’s mission is to promote the growth of recreational boating and member businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show. Additional information is available at www.nmta.net

Contact
Mark Yuasa
NMTA Director of Grow Boating Programs
and NW Salmon Derby Series
(206) 619-8868



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ABBRA Certified Marine Service Manager course - December 3-7 in Everett

Looking to take the next step in your career or develop leaders in your workforce?

The American Boatbuilders & Repairers Association - Since 1943The Northwest Marine Trade Association is excited to bring NMTA members a unique opportunity to further careers in Marine Service Management. The NMTA will co-host the ABBRA Certified Marine Service Manager course with the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association December 3rd-7th in Everett, WA. The course is taught by experienced industry professionals and is designed for managers and department heads in boatyards, marine service businesses, and boat building companies presently working in or toward leadership roles. NMTA members may register for the course at ABBRA member rates, a savings of over $450.


The ABBRA CMSM is an invaluable resource in upskilling your workforce or furthering your career in the boatyard, marine service, or boat building sectors of the marine industry. In the four-day course, participants gain new insights on issues and challenges common throughout boatyard, boat repair and boat building businesses from their peers and seasoned instructors. Attendees also establish strong and lasting networks of contacts in the industry throughout the country.
Course registration is now open, and is limited to 30 participants. Register early to ensure your place in the course. We hope to see you there!
Participants will leave with a concrete understanding of how to:
ü  Improve themselves, their work habits and leadership skills, including time management, scheduling, work force management and corporate communication.

ü  Manage repair and refit projects in the context of operational workflow.

ü  Meet environmental management and safety standards.

ü  Build and deliver a highly functioning customer service system, increase customers’ satisfaction and loyalty.

ü  Avoid common legal issues and understand the basics of maritime law and how it affects business operations.

ü  Build teams and motivate employees.

ü  Deal with emergencies such as fire, storms and accidents.

ü  Additional topics such as; administrative efficiencies, facility management and codes and standards.

Course Descriptions:

Personal Development/Time Management
The participant will become familiar with the soft skills that are critical to running a successful operation. The module covers self-motivation, team building, communication skills, planning, decision making, problem-solving and time management.
Human Resource Management for boat builders, repairers & service businesses
This module will address potential HR issues, valuing differences, and take a closer look at building productive teams and other factors that result in providing the quality product your customer deserves.
Leadership in Boatyard Health, Safety and Emergency Response
If you are a Boatyard, Boat Builder or Marine Service business trying to be successful in this economy, complying with environmental, health & safety regulations has become challenging in recent years. A successful program, requires a plan that insures you are inspection ready and includes paperwork, training, accountability and basic site safety. During this portion of the course, we will give you the tools necessary to properly and effectively manage your environmental, health and safety program.
Understanding General Maritime Law Concepts
Legal considerations and the anticipation of legal entanglements are an everyday part of marine service operations, and the competencies gained in this area will affect a service facility’s bottom line. The course will focus on how a manager can direct operations to minimize the potential for legal conflicts in the context of liability and risk management. We will identify steps to rectify situations that can lead to expensive losses.
Job Estimating and Project Management
Estimating is often considered the most difficult and one of the most important parts of a refit, a repair job or a custom build. This module will address the difference between an estimate and a quote, appropriate use of time and materials vs. a fixed price and how to handle change orders. From initial work order to final payment, these sessions will cover the phases of managing a work order, seeing to its successful completion, on time, and reflecting quality workmanship at a fair price.
 Study Tour

In addition to the lectures and interactive discussions, ABBRA’s MSM participants will participate in a study tour at a local boatyard and a boat building company where they will apply their newly gained insights to identifying problems and good business practices as well as proposing corrective measures and modifications based on their observations. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

NMTA Annual Meeting, November 8 - Register now!

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Join NMTA members and staff Wednesday, November 8 for the NMTA Annual Meeting at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.
This year, Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Seafood Company, will be the featured speaker. Donegan is active in the Seattle community and will share highlights, stories, and knowledge of Seattle and it’s maritime background that he has gained since joining Ivar’s as Chief Fin Officer in 1997.
NMTA is especially excited to welcome you to the Seattle waterfront for this event to showcase our new venue for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show - Bell Harbor Marina! Each registered attendee to the Annual Meeting will also receive a complimentary parking pass to the Bell Street Garage for the evening, the site of our free parking promotion for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show. Be the first to try our big promotion!
What: NMTA Annual Meeting
Where: Seattle Waterfront Marriott
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
When: Nov. 8, 2017 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Registration: $20/person
Includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

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Register now for the NMTA Annual Meeting - November 8
2017AnnualMeetingSavetheDateHQ
Join NMTA members and staff Wednesday, November 8 for the NMTA Annual Meeting at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.
This year, Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Seafood Company, will be the featured speaker. Donegan is active in the Seattle community and will share highlights, stories, and knowledge of Seattle and it’s maritime background that he has gained since joining Ivar’s as Chief Fin Officer in 1997.
NMTA is especially excited to welcome you to the Seattle waterfront for this event to showcase our new venue for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show - Bell Harbor Marina! Each registered attendee to the Annual Meeting will also receive a complimentary parking pass to the Bell Street Garage for the evening, the site of our free parking promotion for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show. Be the first to try our big promotion!
What: NMTA Annual Meeting
Where: Seattle Waterfront Marriott
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
When: Nov. 8, 2017 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Registration: $20/person
Includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Sponsored by:


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