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July 2018

Discover Boating – a public awareness effort managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association – has selected Seattle as one of three cities in the nation to be part of a robust marketing campaign “Welcome to the Water” focusing on attracting new, younger and more diverse audiences to boating. See story below. 
 


August 31: Seattle Boat Show Application Deadline
October 24-26: Northwest Marina & Boatyard Conference
January 25 - February 2, 2019: Seattle Boat Show
2019 Seattle Boat Show
1/25 - 2/2, 2019
On-time applications due August 31!
Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
Anchor QEA
Canvas Supply Co. 
Emerald Landing
Fathom Marine Services 
Fournier Insurance Solutions
Hammer Industrial & Hydraulics
Hampton Yacht Group 
Hebert Yachts 
Oceanmax International
Ocean Traps International 
Premiere Yachts
Trident Funding
USI Insurance
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In This Issue: July 2018

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President's Report
July 2018


One of my favorite sayings is: “Every boat is a dream.”
 
It’s July, and for the next few months it’s peak dream time for Northwest boaters; and it’s the job of NMTA and our members to help fulfill all types of dreams on the water.
 
The Seattle Boat Show has been launching dreams for 71-years and we will do it again January 25 through February 2, 2019 at CenturyLink Field Event Center, South Lake Union and Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina. It was in this column exactly a year ago I announced that the NMTA Boat Show Committee and Board decided to add the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina on Seattle’s waterfront as a new third location.
 
The decision to add Bell Harbor Marina was an important and successful strategic decision for NMTA and our members because it addressed several key long-term challenges the Show faces – shortage of indoor space, cost of displaying the largest boats indoors and shortage of affordable parking. Bell Harbor Marina’s dock configuration also allowed for a new feature embraced by a number of exhibitors – sea trials during show hours. This past year we had fifty boats on display at Bell Harbor with room to double that in the future.
 
Believe it or not, 2019 will be the 20th Show at CenturyLink Field & Event Center. This anniversary means it is time for NMTA to renew and start a new lease for 2020 and beyond at the stadium. In April and May, the lease renewal was top of mind for the NMTA Boat Show Committee, Board and staff. Across several meetings and then at a joint meeting of the Board and Boat Show Committee, we discussed the future of boat shows in Seattle. In the end, the Boat Show Committee and Board unanimously recommend NMTA sign another 10-year lease with the stadium. Collectively, the volunteer leadership of NMTA and staff are very optimistic about Seattle’s waterfront improvements and how CenturyLink Field and Bell Harbor Marina can continue to launch thousands of dreams and support 400-plus member businesses for the next decade.
 
Renewing our lease also means we need to look into our crystal ball and predict the length of show and dates for the next decade. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of options to select different dates because of NFL football, MLS soccer and other long-term lease holders like the RV Show and Home Show.  Right now it is NMTA’s intent to renew our lease with the same nine-day format used for the last five years. Depending on your point of view this may be good or bad news. This will also be year twenty for me at NMTA and I know better than anyone just how much discussion dates and length of show can create with our members.
 
Later this summer we plan to schedule several meetings where members can meet with the members of the NMTA staff, Board and Boat Show Committees to see and hear firsthand what our future date options are. Please stay tuned for an announcement of when and where we plan to schedule these meetings. That said, I’m always available for an email or phone call to discuss show dates.
 
Applications for the 2019 Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink Field and Bell Harbor Marina were mailed and emailed to all 737 NMTA members on June 29. The on-time deadline for guaranteed space allocation and the lowest rates is, as usual, August 31. Applications for the South Lake Union location will be sent by the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association in late September.
 
Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show
The first ever Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show was held at Cap Sante Marina May 17-20. I’ve been involved with a lot of shows and events and frankly I don’t think it could have gone any better than it did for our attendees and exhibitors in all four display areas - marina, accessory tent, trailer boats and boatyards.

We were also blessed with perfect weather from move-in to move-out. In the end we had 5,214 attendees from fifteen different states, 263 new and brokerage boats on display and 103 NMTA or Anacortes Chamber of Commerce member exhibitors. Our goals were to have 3,000 paid attendees and 250 boats with essentially a break-even budget and we achieved all three. On page 12 you can read a recap of the show.
I’d like to personally thank the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, Port of Anacortes and the City of Anacortes for their vision, trust and enthusiasm to support and encourage a major boat show in their community. The show dates for 2019 are May 16-19 and applications will be available this fall.

Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force
Earlier this year, I was asked to serve on Governor Jay Inslee’s Southern Resident Killer Whale (SKRW) Task Force as a voice for recreational boating and fishing.
 
The purpose of the Task Force is to prepare “a comprehensive report and recommendations for recovering Southern Residents, with a full draft due by October 1, 2018, and a final report by November 1, 2018. The report will detail actions that will address all the major threats to Southern Residents, including prey availability, toxic contaminants, and disturbance from noise and vessel traffic. A second report outlining the progress made, lessons learned, and outstanding needs will be completed by October 1, 2019.”
 
SRKW’s are defined as what most Puget Sound boaters refer to as J, K and L pods. J pod has 24 whales, K pod has 18 whales and L pod has 35 whales for a total of 76 individuals which is the lowest in 30 years. The SRKW’s prey on fish only and primarily chinook salmon with a strong preference in the summer for chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River in British Columbia. There are also northern transient whales, cousins of the SRKW’s, that feed on salmon and pinnipeds (seals and sea lions). I think it is fascinating that the SRKW’s feed only on fish and the northern transients feed on both fish and pinnipeds. From time to time the northern transients visit Puget Sound to feed on the large population of pinnipeds.
 
NOAA has determined that the three major threats to SRKW recovery are: vessel traffic, toxics, and abundance of prey. Actions recommended by the Task Force to address these three threats have the potential to significantly impact recreational boaters and anglers. To support the Task Force in making recommendations to the Governor three Work Groups have been created to go deep into the science, political, economic and social consequences of all recommendations. My goals as a Task Force member are: 1) Attend all meetings; 2) Make sure the Task Force and Work Groups use the best available science for making recommendations; 3) Advocate strongly for our member businesses.
 
All of the Task Force and Work Group meetings are open to the public, and between now and October when the first report is due there will be six more meetings. If you have questions or concerns about how any recommendations could impact your business or your customers I invite you to contact me directly. I also encourage you to visit the Governor’s website www.governor.wa.gov. Click on the Issues – Energy & Environment page to see the complete meeting schedule and educational materials provided to Task Force members and the public.
 
See you on the water,
 
George

George Harris
NMTA President/CEO

Washington State – New & Used Vessel Sales Data

NMTA members have full access to Washington state new and used vessel sales data in the Members Only section of www.NMTA.net. Since 2002 the NMTA and University of Washington Sea Grant have collaborated to share this important Department of Licensing data.
New boat sales for the first quarter of 2018 were very good with new boat sales (units) increasing by 6.4% and increasing by 19.8% in value compared to the same period in 2017 (see table below). In the first quarter brokerage boats (used) were up impressively with a 24.2% increase in units and a 29.0% increase in dollars.

2018 second quarter sales data will be posted to www.NMTA.net later this month. Preliminary sales data from April and May suggest a very good second quarter report. In April, Washington new boat sales were up 15.4% in units, 20.6% in value compared to April 2017 and May new boat sales were up 18.2% in units and 31.4% in value.

In 2017 Washington new boat sales were up 2.9% in units and 15.0% in value. Across the United States new boat sales were up approximately 4.0% for 2017.



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Seattle Picked for Discover Boating TV Campaign
 
“Grow Boating is excited to announce Seattle (and Indianapolis and Charlotte) as a test market for increased promotional spending this summer,” said Carl Blackwell, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association Grow Boating, Inc. “Seattle was of particular interest because of the variety of boating activities prevalent in the area including freshwater and saltwater fishing, sailing, cruising, and water-sports.”

The commercials, airing on 30 cable TV networks, started June 1 and will run until the end of July with a total of 3,932 spots through traditional cable providers, satellite services and on-demand platforms to reach audiences no matter how they’re consuming TV programming.

The channels include: ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports, National Geographic, Bravo, A&E, AMC, TLC, Hallmark, Nick @ Night, SyFy, NFL Network, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, BET, Lifetime, Discovery, History Network, Root Sports (local Seattle Sports), NBC Sports, Golf, Freeform, E!, TV Land, VH1, USA, TNT and TBS. You can also view the commercials at https://www.growboating.org/toolkit/videos/welcome-to-the-water.aspx.
Blackwell said the three areas were chosen for having reasonable access to water, but not so large that the media costs would have been prohibitive.

“This test will run on top of our national digital video, search, social media and public relations campaigns that are underway as well,” Blackwell said.

Discover Boating advertising, running primarily in digital video and social media, features a variety of boating activities and encourages people to go boating by directing them to https://www.discoverboating.com/ for more information.

According to Blackwell, the website was recently revamped to provide an enhanced user experience, complete with simplified navigation and customer journey path.

The updates will easily steer people in the right direction to get started in boating, including the popular Boat Finder tool (which outlines boat types for the user and directs them to corresponding boat brands when they are ready to shop), Go Boating Today tool, Boat Loan Calculator, boat shopping tips, owning/operating information and more.

In addition to a robust consumer survey, Grow Boating will send out a stakeholder survey in early August to solicit industry observations during the test. It’s important to note that Discover Boating’s role is to spark consumer interest in boating and to inspire consumers to learn more.

“Our recent study of consumers who were shopping for their first boat told us that it can take a consumer on average one year to go from their realization that they are interested in boating to actually buying one,” Blackwell said. “While we’ll generate interest in boating, I don’t anticipate this will generate immediate boat sales results after seeing a spot. However, I highly recommend that everyone’s digital show-room (websites) are in good order and mobile friendly to take advantage of any lifts in interest. Consumers will do their heavy lifting on-line before they go see a dealer or broker.”

Discover Boating has also revamped a new social content resource program for all industry stakeholders, providing free boating lifestyle content for use on their social channels. On Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/discoverboating and for Instagram, go to https://www.instagram.com/discoverboating/.
 
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Legislative Report
Peter Schrappen, NMTA Director of Government Affairs

 
Change in federal policy to benefit marinas and boatyards
 
By now, I bet your eyes glaze over when you see that Margaret Mead bumper sticker, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
While cliched as that expression may seem, I can tell you that it is exactly the foundation the NMTA, the Recreational Boating Association of Washington and an uber-volunteer from Minnesota used to change a federal policy right here in Washington state.

This new policy, which starts on July 1, 2018, will affect any marina or boatyard that needs electrical permitting. Due to our good work, marina improvements will rely upon a tough but truth-tested standard that Washington Labor & Industries adopted – with our help!

Quoting from the new regulation itself:
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has adopted changes to ground-fault protection requirements in marinas that will take effect July 1. The new rule is based on a petition from the Northwest Marine Trade Association. The changes will affect “Washington Administrative Code 296-46B-555, "Special occupancies - Marinas, boatyards, and commercial and noncommercial docking facilities."
The rule changes extend the 100mA ground-fault level allowance for feeders until Sept. 1, 2019, when the requirements published in the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) will apply.

You can review the rule at: http://www.lni.wa.gov/LawRule/WhatsNew/Proposed/default.asp?RuleID=277.

So how did this come to be?
It all started at the March 2017 Marina Committee meeting when former NMTA Board Chair Dwight Jones asked if anyone is tracking the new National Electrical Code and the fits it is causing marinas like the Port of Poulsbo and Roche Harbor.

No one spoke up but that just meant that I needed to get educated. The more Dwight shared, the easier it was to see just what a perfect issue this crisis/opportunity was for an association to solve. What had happened was that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) adopted a federal standard that was put within the larger National Electrical Code. After some cold calls to that D.C.-based NFPA trade association, I learned that they had never consulted with any marine interests as they plowed forward. The closest “ally” we had on the code-setting panel was an industry expert, but he worked within the RV industry.

The good news was that Washington had not adopted the code quite yet, which fell under the responsibilities of our state’s L&I. Quickly, I got up to speed on how electricity works and then made a few (panicky) phone calls to a couple of legislative friends. I met with Rep. Mike Chapman who sat on L&I’s advisory panel in May 2017. During that meeting, he asked me what I knew about the ban on copper-boat paint as he had heard from Admiralty Supply that phase-out was a big problem (funny how these meetings can go as Rep. Chapman – due to this meeting – became our legislative champion on the change to the copper-paint law).

Anyhow, back to the story: NMTA sprung into action. We joined up once again with our friends at the Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW). I phoned an expert on the subject in Minnesota who specializes in stray current and Electric Shock Drowning (after all, that is what this issue is all about: creating a safe marine environment so people do not drown if the are swimming in water – especially fresh water – around leaky wires.)

Of course, no one wants to advocate for an unsafe level of stray current, but the new regulation was so strict and unreasonable that no marina would ever go through permitting to improve their site if it meant that they had to meet the standard of 30mA of stray current for their entire facility (for those new to understanding electricity as I was, a toaster can safely leak about 30mA of stray current. If 10 boaters were safely making breakfast, an entire marina would lose power to a tripped circuit breaker tripping at the 30mA if this were to take hold.)
Over the next seven months, NMTA and RBAW met with Labor & Industries leadership team to make our case that 100mA (instead of 30mA) of stray current is a much more reasonable, safe and tough limit on permissible current. We also met with Kevin Ritz who lost his son Lucas to ESD 18 years ago. Fortunately for our case, he agreed with us.

As time went along, we never ran into any opposition to our point of view. We did the data crunching for L&I by sending along exactly what’s happening in the water around Puget Sound (thank you, Eagle Harbor Marina) and on May 24 we finally received word that we won!
Interestingly, no other regional or state trade association has experienced this same success. Washington is the only state to have an educated standard in place and that’s due to several different components that all add up to a well-functioning trade association. This list includes an active committee structure, an engaged volunteer core, a staffer who can provide the advocacy expertise on how to fit the moving parts together in a strategic manner, and a coalition with other boating-related interests.

Obviously, this won’t be the last crisis to come our way, but darn, it sure is fun to bring a win home for the membership and for safety. And it really all goes back to that Margaret Mead quote about never underestimate what a few people can accomplish – that played out here and it plays out everywhere.
 
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Buoys in Lake Union

NMTA members who work or boat on Lake Union or simply drive by frequently may have noticed some recent changes.
The City of Seattle has installed a line of five buoys in a north-south line in the center of Lake Union. These are to mark a seaplane advisory area for a trial period this summer – now through Labor Day.
  
The lake has gotten increasingly busy in recent years with the development of South Lake Union and consequently it has gotten progressively more difficult for seaplanes to take off and land on busy summer days.
The buoys are intended to help manage seaplane, boat and other watercraft (paddleboards, kayaks, etc.) traffic during busy periods on the lake. Pilots will activate flashing yellow lights on top of the buoys, as necessary, to indicate that a seaplane takeoff or landing is about to occur.
When this happens, boaters and paddlers are asked to move 200 feet east or west of the buoy centerline if it is safe and easy to do so. When the seaplane operation is completed, the lights will stop flashing.

Note that this is strictly voluntary, as there is no regulatory requirement for boaters/paddlers to change their course. But this is a way to help them know where the seaplanes will be landing and bring greater predictability to the flight path.
The flashing light system is not anticipated to be used very often Mondays through Thursdays. Heaviest use of the system is expected to be Fridays through Sundays after 2 p.m.

Kenmore Air is working hard to get the message out so boaters can understand what the new buoys mean and participate in the trial; it can then be realistically assessed at the end of the summer

If you would like to help spread the word to customers, contact Lisa Samuelson, Samuelson Communications at lisa@samuelsoncom.com. Samuelson can provide content and images you need for your blog, newsletter or social channels.

For more information, please visit www.kenmoreair.com/buoys

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 Northwest Marine Trade Association - Election 2018
Congratulations to our three new members of the Board of Trustees!

Re-elected to the Board are Tony Bulpin of Seahawk Paints and Joe Cline of 48 Degrees North. Newly elected is Clint Kirry of Hewes Marine Company in Colville. Their three-year terms begin July 1. 

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Member Spotlight
Seaview Boatyard Receives Award

May 23 was a big day for Seaview Boatyard. In front of other industry giants like United Airlines and Vigor, they received the Port of Seattle’s small business distinction for their education and outreach.

While that accommodation is no surprise to the Clean Boating Foundation, it is exciting that they are receiving the recognition they so richly deserve.

“We are proud to showcase the leadership and investments by Port-related industries to improve environmental and community health,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “These awards celebrate sustainability as a shared value in our community and recognize the creative ways that Pacific Northwest organizations care for the environment and health.”

And if you have ever seen Seaview in action, you know that they say and do the right things for their customers and for the environment.

In particular, they were the first to install advanced treatment purification with their StormwateRx system and jumped on board with the Clean Boating Foundation when we first set out to designate boatyards as clean.

Seaview operates three full service boatyards in the Puget Sound area. Phil Riise founded Seaview in 1974 and handed off day-to-day leadership to his son Tiel in 2017. They have been NMTA members since 1991.
 
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Dealer Outlook:  How to join industry efforts to reach youth
 
“We’ve got to introduce young people to boating.” How often do we say that? What we don’t hear much about are the successful programs that are doing just that — introducing young people to boating. Moreover, all dealers can, in one way or another, be part of this industry outreach.

The Recreational Boating Leadership Council (RBLC/rblc.org) met recently prior to the opening of the American Boating Congress in Washington. More specifically, the RBLC Youth Task Force focused on several examples of successful initiatives that may not be widely recognized.

So, here are some notable examples to make a point:

National Data Base: Did you know there are more than 3,000 youth boating programs? The RBLC Youth Task Force created and maintains a nationwide data base of such programs as part of the industry’s Discover Boating campaign. Listings come primarily from U.S. Sailing and many marine trade associations. But all dealers that have youth initiatives, or support such local efforts, are encouraged to provide listings as well. Get more information at: https://www.discoverboating.com/activities/beginner-programs

US Sailing’s Reach Initiative: As the clear industry leader in developing youth programs, US Sailing’s Reach Initiative was created in 2012 using sailing as an educational platform for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) & Environmental Education. The program began with 250 students and has grown to impact a record 224,000 youth annually in over 400 programs and events nationwide. It’s implemented by schools and sailing centers working together in their community to provide access to waters for youth. Ninety percent of Reach students are first time sailors. US Sailing has awarded $110K in grants to support Community Sailing Centers developing youth partnerships with schools and community organization through the Reach Initiative in 2018.

MMTA Boating Grants: The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust’s “KIDS in BOATING” initiative is another good example of an outreach to youth. The MMTET program was created in 2017 to help support non-profit youth boating programs in Massachusetts that work to get kids on the water. In its first year, MMTET awarded 11 grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 for a total of $11,000. Grants will be awarded in July.
“The more we can do today to get more young people involved in recreational boating, the better off our industry will be tomorrow,” says Randall Lyons, MMTA executive director. For more information go to: http://www.boatma.com/ma-kids-in-boating.html.

NMTA’s Grow Boating: Over the past 15 years the Northwest Marine Trade Association has invested nearly $2-million in funding to non-profit groups or organizations that help boost the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to use their boat more often. Currently, NMTA’s Grant Program has awarded $24,072 in funding or loan opportunities to 18 boating programs in the Pacific Northwest. Those awarded cover a diverse area that includes power and sailboats; small watercraft like kayaks, canoes and paddle and sailboards; equipment and gear; promotional and marketing funds; and educational youth events and outreach programs.

A sampling of NMTA grant recipients includes: the Center for Wooden Boats’ public sailing event titled CastOFF! on Lake Union that has introduced thousands to the joys of boating for more than 25 years; the Youth Marine Foundation in Tacoma provides a chance for 90 to 100 youth age 11 to 15 the skills of boating; the unique Point Defiance Marina-Metro Parks of Tacoma program dubbed “Free Fishing Weekend” held in June mixes sport-fishing and power boating to the public along with a wide-range of other opportunities to get people on the water; and the Gig Harbor BoatShop provides classic small-craft for community use offering a way to discover the joys and ease of boating; and 14 other grant programs.
So, there’s a wide range of ideas and programs developed and funded by the industry to give more people a “taste” of boating. While many marine trade associations spearhead such efforts, it’s believed that many dealers also support or stage events that get people on the water. These programs and events should be included in the RBLC data base, says Youth Task Force chairman George Harris (president of the NMTA).
And, here at Dealer Outlook –

https://www.tradeonlytoday.com/dealer-outlook – we also want to recognize dealer initiatives. So, let us know what you and/or your MTA are doing to get more people, especially youth, on the water.

Norm Schultz writes the “Dealer Outlook” blog that appears in Soundings’ www.TradeOnlyToday.com every Tuesday and Thursday. He served as president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association for 34 years during which he directed production for over 130 boat shows in the Great Lakes region. 

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Fish Northwest Update
Carl Burke, Fish Northwest Lobbyist 

The 2018 legislative session adjourned more than two months ago and the fishing season setting process has concluded. At Fish Northwest that means it is time to promote upcoming fishing opportunities and planning legislative visits during the interim.
 
Future fisheries beyond this year are in danger of being even more restrictive than in the past three years. Out-migrating salmon smolts from the entire West Coast and Canada have suffered the highest mortality rates in recorded history.
 
According to federal regulatory agencies in the past two years chinook smolt entering the Pacific Ocean waters have perished at the rate of 90 percent.
 
The culprit has been the vast expanse of super-heated ocean water called “The Blob” which has greatly altered ocean temperatures. Our waters have now cooled, but no one can accurately predict if returning salmon and steelhead populations will be adequate to provide sufficient brood stock for hatcheries as well as sportfishing seasons.
 
In the past two decades sea lion and harbor seal populations have exploded to unmanageable levels because of protection under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Consequently, they’re consuming out-migrating smolt and incoming adult salmon populations at rates that aren’t sustainable. In short, our anadromous fish populations are in grave peril if we cannot find the political and social will to find solutions to this problem.
 
During times like this when all user groups will be vying to protect their traditional fisheries and harvest methods it is critical that we solicit support inside the state legislature to protect our industry and sport-fishing opportunities.
 
That means spending time during the interim visiting with legislators and candidates to educate them regarding the science and cultural importance of sport-fishing to the citizens of our state.
 
Governor Jay Inslee has created a task force to deal with the declining Puget Sound Orca populations. We are fortunate the governor appointed George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, to participate in this public process that is currently underway and concludes by late fall with a report to the legislature on how to begin dealing with this issue.
 
The outcome will have implications beyond providing adequate salmon numbers to feed Orcas. How to deal with pinniped populations and providing increased funding for state hatcheries will play critical roles in saving Orcas and ensuring there are enough salmon in our future to prevent the collapse of our fish populations.
 
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Newest Boat Show in the Region Draws Plenty of Positive Response During Four-Day Event

ANACORTES – The new Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show held on May 17-20 at the Port of Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina exceeded expectations with an attendance of 5,214, and guests and those in the boating industry are already looking forward to 2019!
 
With 263 boats on display at Cap Sante Marina and nearby boatyards plus 60 marine businesses filling the 10,000-square foot tent – the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and Port of Anacortes – teamed up to provide a very successful show at the heart of a beautiful waterfront community and gem of all marinas.
 
“The show exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Stephanie Hamilton, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce president. “Working with the staff of (NMTA) has been wonderful – they are true professionals with warm hearts. We were blessed with perfect weather to showcase the boats and accessories – and all the guests were happy. Looking forward to next year!”
 
Boat dealers and brokers were very happy with boat sales and turnout at the show. E-tickets were purchased in 15 different U.S. states and Canada, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Washington and British Columbia.
 
“The Anacortes Boat and Yacht show was fantastic right out of the gate,” said Kelly Hawley, owner of Tom-n-Jerry’s Boat Center and Master Marine in Mount Vernon. “Good weather, great attendance and most importantly strong sales. For the first attempt at a show of this magnitude in Anacortes I was pleasantly surprised and already planning for next year.”
 
“All told, this was the most professionally organized and run and promoted show we have ever seen in Anacortes,” said Matthew Thornton, general manager and certified yacht broker at BananaBelt Boats & Yachts in Anacortes. “Anacortes is indeed a splendid destination and a worthwhile show venue.”
 
Anacortes is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. The Anacortes area has more than 40 marine-related businesses to cover every boater’s wants and needs.

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Welcome New Members!

Anacortes Chamber of Commerce is NMTA’s partner in producing the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show. They plan numerous successful events throughout the year and have close relationships with many businesses in Anacortes making them the ideal partner. Plus, we had a blast working with their staff!
Anchor QEA has offices all over the United States including six in Washington state. They provide science and engineering consulting on shoreline/coastal development and environmental projects.

Canvas Supply Co. in Ballard specializes in custom-made marine accessories like sails, window and floor treatments, cushions, and so much more. It is a local, family-owned business that has been in Seattle since 1882.

Emerald Landing owns and operates waterfront buildings and marina on north Lake Union. They are still in the construction phase and will be opening to boaters with a new mooring for superyachts.

Fathom Marine Services, located in Anacortes, is a full-service boat yard providing everything from bottom jobs, repowering, electronic refills, and rewiring including digital switching.

Fournier Insurance Solutions is based out of Gig Harbor and are growing within the marine industry. They handle personal, business, and life insurance as well and are excited to get to know more businesses in the marine industry.

Hammer Industrial & Hydraulics owns and operates two fishing vessels out of Seattle that head to Alaska each year. They operate independent oil services and Alaska Fisheries harvesting as well.

Hampton Yacht Group has three locations in Florida, California, and Seattle. They specialize in Hampton and Endurance Yachts and are becoming more involved with the NMTA through the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show and future shows.

Hebert Yachts is a yacht brokerage company based out of Westlake in Seattle. They also are becoming more involved with NMTA through the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show. They offer 95 prime freshwater moorage slips near the southwest corner of Lake Union.

Oceanmax International is based in California and is the developer and global distributor of Propspeed foul release coating. Propspeed is specially formulated to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the water line.
Ocean Traps International is a returning member. They make plastic ocean traps for lobster, shrimp, and crab and plan on exhibiting in the 2019 Seattle Boat Show.

Premiere Yachts has offices in both Seattle and Anacortes and recently exhibited at the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show. They are great to work with and carry both brokerage boats and Regency Yachts.

Trident Funding specializes in marine finance and is the largest, independently owned domestic boat loan origination company in the United States! They exhibited in the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show and are excited about being more involved with NMTA.

USI Insurance out of Seattle provides financial services, property casualty insurance, benefits, and retirement plan services. We’ve partnered with them for many years and are excited to see their growth in the marine industry.
 
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NMTA and Washington Retail Association launch partnership around workplace safety and the Retro program

Did you know that if you run a safe workplace you can get a rebate back from the state? That’s correct. Thanks to this new relationship with the well-regarded Washington Retail Association, NMTA’s members that fit into the retail classification can earn money back each year. The program is called Retro and it works well for all sorts of sectors of Washington state’s economy, and now it can work for you. If you’d like to learn more, please email peter@nmta.net 

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July 2018
 
For salmon anglers, the thrill of a fish peeling line off the reel in July resembles a sugar rush, free-for-all in the candy store.
I’m hooked on that feeling and judging by the early signs we experienced last month in open salmon fishing areas, there’s enthusiasm in the air of what lies ahead from the coast clear into Puget Sound.

I harken back to my early college days when summer was a three-month, job-free fishing affair with many fond memories created at a nearby lake, river or a marine area from Sekiu to Elliott Bay and many stops in between.

It was a great time when being young and willing to live on two hours of sleep just to be on the water by 4 a.m. and staying out until well after dark was simply a rite of passage. I confess it’s been more than three decades since those hey-days and while I can’t quite kick up the RPM’s like I did in the past, I still live for those glory moments.

A rush of early excitement occurred in June with the spotlight beaming brightly on south-central Puget Sound in the Tacoma area (Marine Catch Area 11), central Puget Sound (10) and the Tulalip Bubble Fishery (8-2) where fishing took off right when it opened.
“This early part of the summer reminds me of what we used to see in the good old days,” said Art Tachell, the technician at the Point Defiance Park Boathouse in Tacoma.

This year’s projection of 227,420 hatchery chinook migrating to Puget Sound is up 21 percent from the 10-year average and a 35 percent boost over last year.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca opened July 1 off Sekiu (5) for salmon, and Port Angeles opens July 3. Sekiu is the main intersection of fish runs heading east into Puget Sound and south to the Columbia River and beyond. In the past few years, Port Angeles has gotten off to a hot start and the hope is for another blissful season.

Many are licking their chops on what should be a “summer to remember” for hatchery kings in northern Puget Sound (9) and central Puget Sound (10).

The Area 9 summer hatchery king fishery has a 5,563 quota – which is a similar figure to the 2017 quota and up from 3,056 in 2016. Modeling by WDFW staff suggested this change would likely result in a shorter 2018 season given the forecast of increased hatchery chinook in the area.
“I’ll be happy if the Area 9 hatchery chinook fishery lasts two weeks,” said Mark Baltzell, a WDFW salmon manager. “It was lights out king fishing at Midchannel Bank (last summer) and that seems the place to be when it opens in July.”

Many will focus their time in late July and August in Area 10 that has a cap of 4,743 hatchery chinook.

Shore-bound anglers can get in on the action with numerous piers scattered across Puget Sound that are open year-round for salmon. The Edmonds Pier has already been producing fish since early-June. The steep drop-offs around the Point No Point Lighthouse offer an easy cast to prime fishing holes.
The San Juan Islands are open until July 31 for hatchery kings, and switches to wild and hatchery kings from Aug. 1 through Sept. 3.

Hood Canal south of Ayock Point is open through Sept. 30 with a liberal four-hatchery chinook daily limit. The forecast is 57,558 up from 48,300 in 2017 with many kings destined for the George Adams and Hoodsport hatcheries.

The coastal Chinook and hatchery coho fishery got underway on June 23 at Ilwaco (1), La Push (3), and Neah Bay (4). Westport (2) opened July 1 where salmon fishing is allowed Sundays through Thursdays.  All areas close Sept. 3 or when the quota is achieved.

A downtrend in Columbia River salmon returns could result in mixed success for coastal anglers although “paper fish” forecasts have been proven wrong in the past, so watch for catch trends each week to see when’s a good time to go.

In between the Puget Sound salmon action, be sure to bring along the crab pots for a chance at some tasty Dungies!
Areas 6, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10 and 12 are open through Sept. 3. Area 4 east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line and 5 are open through Sept. 3.  Area 7 South opens July 14 through Sept. 30, and 7 North is open Aug. 16 through Sept. 30.  Fishing is allowed Thursdays to Mondays of each week only (closed on July 4). Areas 11 and 13 are closed this summer due to a poor Dungeness crab abundance.

Lastly, some local rivers were bursting at the seams with kings and sockeye; and follow the trout plants in lakes at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

Northwest Salmon Derby resumes
Anglers start your motors!

The PSA Bellingham Salmon Derby is July 13-15 and Big One Salmon Derby is July 25-29 at Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.
Those will be followed by the Brewster Salmon Derby on Aug. 2-5; South King County PSA Derby on Aug. 4; Gig Harbor PSA Derby on Aug. 11; and the Vancouver, B.C. Canada Chinook Classic on Aug. 18-19.

It’s also not too soon to start getting excited about coho in September. I’ve confirmed the PSA Edmonds Coho Derby is Sept. 8, and the biggest derby on West Coast – the Everett Coho Derby is Sept. 22-23.

That is where we’ll draw the lucky name to win a grand-prize $65,000 KingFisher 2025 Falcon Series boat powered with Honda 150hp and 9.9hp motors on an EZ-loader galvanized trailer. It is fully rigged with Scotty downriggers, Raymarine electronics, a WhoDat Tower and a Dual Electronic Stereo. Details: www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.

Now it’s time for me to take that first bite of chewy goodness in a “PayDay” candy bar and bee-line out the door to see if I can score a fish or two. See you on the water!
 
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Health Care Corner: July 2018

Making the Most of Your Prescription Drug Benefits
 
With the seemingly ever rising costs of health care it is important to know how to get the most out of your benefits plan.
For many people, prescription drug costs can be a large portion of their monthly medical costs and making sure that you receive the most effective medication at the best price can often be an overwhelming task.

Fortunately, there are an ever-increasing number of tools to help consumers make smarter decisions about their prescription medications. One of those tools, available to Regence BlueShield customers, is called MedSavvy.

MedSavvy is an online portal, accessed via Regence.com, created by specially trained pharmacists who evaluate prescription medicines based on their efficacy, along with other factors, and assign each drug a report-card-style grade.

These grades are combined with costs, safety information, and user reviews to provide employees all the information they need to talk to their doctor and make the best decisions. MedSavvy is also tied directly to your specific company benefit plan, so it provides employees with real time information on costs and out of pocket expenditures on their prescriptions.

There are also many other tools to help get the most from your prescription drug benefits such as the website www.goodrx.com, which provides pricing information for your medications at local pharmacies to help you determine the best place to fill your prescriptions.
Being aware of your options and the tools available to you is the first important step in getting the most out of your health care benefits and best utilizing your health care dollars.

The NMTA Health Trust team is available to help your company find the best benefits to suit your budget and the needs of you and your employees.
Please visit us online at www.nmtahealthtrust.com or call our office at 425-641-8093 to learn more.
 
 
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