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The Grow Boating Program serves the NMTA's core purpose — to increase the number of boaters in the Northwest.
Since 2003, NMTA has spent more than $1 million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest. NMTA's Grow Boating program is funded through a surcharge on square footage rented during the Seattle Boat Show each January.

The NMTA Grow Boating Commitee oversees the management and allocation of NMTA's regional Grow Boating fund, and determines what programs, events and promotions should be undertaken to encourage boating in the Northwest.


  • Promoted fishing events and opportunities to more than 40,000 participants in derbies as part of the www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com. Nearly every participating derby has enjoyed significant increase in participation since the inception of the derby series in 2004.
  • Provided 800 boat rides to more than 2,000 people during free boat ride events held in Renton and Tacoma between 2003 and 2007.
  • Provided sailboat rides to nearly 150 people during the 2009 Downtown Sailing Series. Attracted more than 800 people interested in going for a sailboat ride during the summer.
  • Promoted boating to hundreds of thousands of major league baseball fans through a four-month-long boat giveaway promotion during the 2008 Seattle Mariners season. Giveaway also attracted extensive media coverage throughout the summer.
  • Secured placement of dozens of pro-boating stories in local and regional media, including: wakeboard demonstrations, joys of sailing, where/when to go fishing in the region, the affordability of boating, and more.
  • Supported local boating clubs and youth programs through the distribution of grant funds aimed at growing boating.
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