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May 2018

The first annual Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show is coming to Cap Sante Marina! Produced by NMTA and the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, the show will feature nearly 250 new and brokerage boats on display in-water, on land, and at nearby boatyards, plus a 10,000 square foot tent of accessories and service providers. It’s the perfect place for boaters to start their boating season. 
For more information, including exhibitor information, visit: 
June 1
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bic Sports
Chuck Hovey Yachts
Manufacturing Industry Council
Safe Harbor Marinas
Solar Sal
West Yachts

May 11 - 12: Northwest Paddling Festival
May 17 - 20: Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show
June 1: Member BBQ at NMTA
October 24-26: Northwest Marina & Boatyard Conference
In This Issue: May 2018

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President's Report
May 2018

It’s early May and there are strong boat sales to report from the 2018 first quarter - new boat sales were up 6.4 percent in units and 19.8 percent in value and brokerage sales were up 24.2 percent in units and 29 percent  in value compared to the first quarter of 2017. We saw similar sales increases for Washington in the third and fourth-quarters of 2017 compared to the same quarters in 2016. Add on, that the Consumer Confidence Index was at an 18-year high in February, and I think it is safe to say we have a strong flood tide for all our members!

The 2018 Seattle Boat Show played its part in getting boaters and anglers excited about a new year of boating. This was the 15th year the NMTA and Northwest Yacht Brokers Association teamed up to promote and produce the largest boat show on the West Coast and in the end our net attendance was up 2.1 percent from 2017 with 52,957 attendees.

With an eye on the future, NMTA decided to add Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina as a new, third location for the Seattle Boat Show. Our board, Boat Show Committee and staff recognized Bell Harbor’s amenities, location and abundant parking were needed remedies in a fast-changing city for a growing show. This year we sold tickets in 42 states and Canadian provinces which ties our previous record from 2007. Our Seattle Boat Show is an indispensable regional show, but it’s also a destination boat show for boaters all across North America. Seattle’s waterfront is on a path to become one of the most beautiful and vibrant destinations in the country, and I appreciate the vision of our volunteer leadership to embrace it.

There are lots of ways to measure success at a boat show. For me as a show producer, I put a lot of weight on attendance and am proud of our 2.1 percent increase this year. The attendance at Bell Harbor Marina was 7,349, indoors at CenturyLink Field & Event Center it was 46,938 and at South Lake Union it was exactly 12,000. As I mentioned earlier, our “unduplicated net attendance” for all three locations was 52,957. This means we do not “double” count attendees if they visit more than one location on the same day, and, as always, do not count exhibitors or unredeemed tickets.

Following the show, we sent our traditional two question survey to attendees and exhibitors -- What did you like best about the show? What can we do better for next year? In typical fashion, a compliment was often matched up with a concern. For example, attendees love the variety of boats and accessories, yet still want a larger variety of boats, specific brands not on display, and even more accessories. Attendees love the quality and quantity of our seminars but expressed equal concern about not having enough new topics and crowded rooms on some days. For me, I liked our Free Parking promotion at Bell Street Garage best. It sends the message that the Seattle Boat Show is still affordable and accessible and provides much needed parking. A little over 3,000 cars (6,000 attendees) used the parking promotion at Bell Street Garage or South Lake Union, while the CenturyLink Field & Event Garage and North Lot were at capacity on weekends. That said, I know there are things we can do to improve the parking experience at Bell Street Pier Garage for next year.

Later this month the NMTA Board and Boat Show Committee will continue their discussion about NMTA’s lease renewal with CenturyLink Field & Event Center. We have one year left on our 10-year lease and we will need to decide what changes, if any, need to be made to our new lease.

In the next few months, there’s much work to be done. Boat show dates and show hours are the most complicated and divisive subject for our members. This spring we will organize a series of “town hall” meetings with members to hear your thoughts about show dates and hours. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of “wiggle room” with our dates. In front of us on the calendar, we have the Seahawks regular season, NFL playoffs and Super Bowl and behind us we have the Sounders and the start of the MLS season. In between the NFL and MLS seasons the Boat Show, RV Show and Home Show, all with long term leases, need to find dates that work for all parties. Like I said - it’s complicated.

I hope you’ve heard about our new show in Anacortes. It’s a collaboration between NMTA and the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. Details for the first major boat show in Anacortes at Cap Sante Marina are coming together nicely. We currently have 101 exhibitors planning to display new and brokerage boats in the water and at nearby boatyards, on trailers in the parking lot, and in a 10,000 square foot tent for marine accessories.

AnacortesBoatandYachtShow.com is at full strength and I am really pleased with our exhibitor list, boats on display and promotions. We are promoting the show as a weekend get-away with boats and accessories from A to Z or as I like to say from Stand-Up Paddle Boards to Superyachts. We’ve come up with eight fun weekend itineraries to help paint the picture for a fun weekend of boat shopping and activities for boat buyers, couples, families, dog lovers, and foodies in Anacortes.

New promotions we’re excited about are: Families Free - free admission for everyone under 17, Boat $how Bucks - discounts from Anacortes businesses and show exhibitors, Military & Veteran discount, a daily happy hour from 4-6pm with live music, Free Admission for Yacht Club Members on Thursday and Friday, and hotel stays that include show admission.

E-tickets are on sale now at the website and we’ve already started our digital advertising which will be followed by our traditional television, radio and print advertising that starts on May 9. If you’re not exhibiting this year and just want to cruise the show, we’ve included two complimentary tickets for the show in the print edition of WaterLife.

Board Elections
Later this month NMTA voting members will receive their first ever “electronic” ballot from NMTA to select three new members to serve on the NMTA Board of Trustees. You may remember last year members approved a by-law revision that allows for electronic voting. In April the Trustee Nomination Committee (three Board members and two at-large members) reviewed ten self-nomination applications from members that would like to serve on the Board and selected six to appear on the ballot - our by-laws require the Nominating Committee to select six for the ballot. The four members not selected to appear on the ballot had the option to get 15 signatures from members to appear on the ballot. You can view the board candidate bios HERE

As you can see, we have a full plate here at the NMTA office this spring and it’s sometimes even hard for me to keep it all straight. The good news is that we have it all taken care of. That’s what your dues support! 

See you on the water.


George Harris
NMTA President/CEO

Legislative Report
Peter Schrappen, NMTA Director of Government Affairs

Boating and lobbying: the ties that band
One of the venerable books that I refer to often (or at least channel its thesis) is “Words that Work: It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear” by Frank Luntz. The thinking of this book is pretty straightforward: This book is for anyone who wants to harness the power of words to improve his or her lot in life, and to ensure that the true meaning of these words is heard as they (the speaker) intended them to be.”

Pretty straightforward and a pretty helpful mindset whether you are interested in gunkholing in the San Juans or working the halls in Olympia.

For example, “Tie a knot!” is not a helpful command from the captain to the crew. Rather, a precise direction imparts advice and certainty in an-all-too-often chaotic mooring. “Hey, Peter, I need a bowline” means something. And it follows the same rules Luntz lays out in his opus and I lean on while communicating with lawmakers in Olympia on your behalf.

Here are his ground rules that every good captain knows:
  1. Simplicity: Use small words. The days of showing off with grandiloquence are long gone. Just like with boating (and sales), lawmakers do business with whom they like and trust. It’s much easier to like someone if you know what they are saying. For example, late last year, I ran into my friend Rep. Tana Senn (Democrat-Mercer Island). She asked me what I was doing in Olympia. I started to say, “I’m here working the bill to phase-out antifouling bottom paint that contains copper.” She had no idea what I was talking about. Eventually, she volunteered, “Ah, you mean the boat-paint law”. Yes, that’s it!
  2. Brevity: Use short sentences. Just like the first rule, I must remember to not try to do it all with my sentences. Let the reader breathe, for Pete’s sake. According to Luntz, “small beats large, short beats long, and plain beats complex. And sometimes a visual beats them all.” It’s true, everyone loves a prop and there are so few in Olympia. When it comes to invasive species and testifying to their importance, a prop of a prop covered in zebra mussels trumps any long sentence (or short one).
  3. Credibility is as important as philosophy. It comes down to say what you mean and mean what you say. A captain not believing in him or herself is obvious to the crew regardless of what comes out of his or her mouth. At the state capitol, relationships trump information. You are only as valuable as the way you carry yourself and if deliver on your promises. 
  4. Consistency matters: Steady as it goes and a discipline to stay the course matter in navigation and advocacy. It takes discipline and a plan, and the discipline to stick to the plan unless a compelling reason tells you to do otherwise. I always look for a ‘cast of characters’ as part of the legislative drama that bring many viewpoints around the same shared message. For example, when it comes to fishing, I want NMTA members, anglers, outdoor enthusiasts, families, grandmas, gas station owners, all uniting to say that “boating means business” to the elected official that has an affinity toward business issues. 
  5. Novelty: Offer something new. Lawmakers are just like us: They are easily bored. I stretch myself to find different ways to say the same thing and to find the language that resonates with them and not me. I don’t use the word “yacht” in Olympia because it’s an old term that does us no favors. If I advocate for yachting, I/we lose. Boating, on the other hand, now we’re talking!
  6. Sound and texture matter: Think about your favorite author. No doubt, they follow these same rules of alliteration, onomatopoeia, heck maybe even iambic pentameter. There are so many ho-hum authors and there are so many ho-hum lobbyists. We stick out when we rely on all the symbols that come with boating. Lighthouses, anchors, stories from the sea – what a raft of metaphors to start from. 
  7. Speak aspirationally: It was not until I spent time lobbying for career and technical education funding that I really tapped into this sort of language. For example, sharing the story of Scott Anderson of CSR Marine and how working on boats saved his life advances our agenda. 
If all else fails as I prepare testimony on the suite of boating issues, I practice my remarks as if I’m explaining them to my fourth-grade daughter. If I can use her language and leave her with a clear picture (and there are no eye-rolls), then I’m on my way. 

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NMTA Heading to Washington D.C. for American Boating Congress

NMTA isn’t just focused on state and local issues. When it comes to federal issues, your team is heading to Washingtin D.C. for the American Boating Congress May 9-11. 

“What’s that?” you ask. 

That’s the annual advocacy days on the Hill when the boating world converges to take our message to our federal delegation. This year is no different. At the top of our federal priorities is to secure funding for the Ballard Locks. 
Did you know: 

The Ballard Locks are the busiest in the nation, with over 40,000 vessels passing through them each year. 
The economic impact of the Ballard Locks is jaw dropping. At least $90 - $120 billion will result because of the locks over the next 75-100 years ($1.2 billion annually) in maritime activity, including recreational boating interests, commercial fishing companies, shipyards, vessel sales, freight and shipping services.

$1.1 - $1.5 billion over the next 75-100 years in federal tax revenues ($15 million annually) will result.
(We know this info because NMTA and Northwest Yacht Brokers Association parented with other associations and marinas in an economic impact study.)

If you look too closely at the locks, you will easily see how 100 years has taken a toll on this regional asset. Specifically, the funds needed are between $30-$60 million in investments beyond routine annual operations and maintenance costs to perform necessary non-routine major maintenance. 

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Northwest Marine Trade Association - Election 2018
Six candidates running for three open positions on NMTA Board of Trustees

Click HERE to view candidate bios. Voting ends June 1 at 5 p.m.

NMTA Member PropEle wins major award at Miami Boat Show

EP Carry, the new lightweight dinghy motor by North Bend, WA-based PropEle Electric Boat Motors, Inc. won the Innovation Award for Electric Propulsion at the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) recognized exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products in 19 categories.

“We feel very honored by this recognition,” said Joe Grez, founder and President of PropEle. “The judges were impressed that we focused in on a particular boating need - convenient ship-to-shore travel - and optimized EP Carry to make that easier.”

EP Carry created a new category of dinghy motor that provides the confidence and power of outboards without the downsides. 
Its simplicity, ease of use and accessibility attract new users and lower barriers to frequent ship-to-shore trips. The high-torque motor provides continuous control from forward through reverse with a twist of a knob, powering at hull speed plus 60 minutes of full-throttle runtime.

Its 6.4-pound waterproof battery sits inboard in its own PFD case, and at 14 pounds, almost anyone can lift it and hand the motor down or receive it in a dinghy.

For more information, head to: www.epcarry.com

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The law changes around the Copper Paint Bill

The copper-paint ban added a new chapter this year when Governor Inslee signed House Bill 2634 into effect on March 4, 2018. Specifically:
  • Wood boats are forever exempted from the phase-out.
  • Ecology will undertake a study to look at other approaches to an all-out ban. 
  • The next ban is 2021, which is more of a place holder while we look at other ways to reduce copper in our water.
“It was both a fun and important piece of legislation to work on during the 2018 legislative session. The bill that passed in 2011, which the industry supported, provided very few choices for boaters. Unfortunately, the problem with the law was compounded by the fact that those alternative chemicals were as bad, if not worse for the environment, than copper.” –Peter Schrappen

The bill that passed received the support of NMTA, Department of Ecology and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

The bill still only applies to recreational boats up to 65 feet. 

Bill takes effect on June 7, 2018.

More info on the bill: tinyurl.com/nmtacopper

Questions about this bill? Contact Peter Schrappen for more info: peter@nmta.net

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Dealer Outlook:  Growing means being customer-centered today
Experience is what will make your customers stick with you . . . or dump you!

The fact is a business cannot flourish or grow today without being truly customer centered. Often the dealership team may be so focused on efforts to make sales that it forgets to deliver on that “great customer service” promoted in all the marketing materials.

So, it’s always a valuable learning experience to examine characteristics of successful organizations, like, say, Amazon.

Vivek Jaiswal of Customerguru.com cites Amazon as one of the world’s top customer-centric companies. He explores the question: Why are some companies hugely successful at being customer centric while the others fail? After all, if adding value to the customer is a priority, keeping the customer at the heart of the business is mandatory. Here, then, are some of Jaiswal’s observations on how Amazon does it.

It begins with Amazon’s vision statement: “We seek to become Earth’s most customer centric company.” According to Jaiswal, Amazon lives up to its vision by incorporating customer centricity in everything it does.

Looking back, Amazon, founded in 1994, was among the first companies to leverage the power of the Internet. Started just as an online bookstore, it’s now worth an estimated $450 billion. But, despite being a very large organization, Amazon manages to consistently rank amongst the most customer centric businesses in the world.

First, keep your ear to the ground, urges Jaiswal. For example, every manager, including Amazon’s CEO, spends two days every two years at the customer service desk. It ensures he or she is listening to the customers and understanding their needs. The result is that everyone from the top down has the customer’s perspective in mind all the time. It helps the entire organization become more customer centric.

Second, the leader must be customer centric. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is known to be a customer-obsessed leader. His empty chair story is unforgettable for those who’ve read about the company. Specifically, during the early board meetings, Bezos reportedly would leave a chair empty in the room. He’d ask the attendees to assume the empty chair was occupied by the most critical and crucial member of the company – the customer. He’d then encourage his employees to make all their decisions bearing that customer in mind.

Finally, don’t be afraid to innovate if it could lead to a better customer experience. Amazon is known for never leaving any stone unturned in the process of helping the customer and making the experience better, easier and faster. From The Kindle to drone delivery, all of Amazon’s innovations are aimed at adding value to the customer.

Innovating may not always work as expected but nothing succeeds if never attempted. In 2009 for example, Amazon caught the fury of users when it had to delete copies of “1984” and “Animal Farm” from their Kindles because they proved to be unauthorized copies. Bezos posted a heartfelt apology on Amazon’s forums and it didn’t stop the organization’s quest to continue innovating.

When it comes to innovating, perhaps this best captures good thinking: During the development of the Kindle, when one of the finance executives asked Bezos how much they had to spend on its development, Bezos answered “How much do we have?”

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 

2018 is a major election year in Washington state and to date eight Republicans and two Democrats in the House of Representatives have announced they will not seek re-election in 2018.

In the Senate, the Democratic Majority Leader Senator Sharon Nelson had announced her intention not to run in the fall election along with Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner. Democrats control the majority in both state houses and we will be meeting with legislators statewide during the interim to support those legislators that are supportive of our industry.

In an important announcement this session Gov. Jay Inslee announced the creation of a Legislative and Citizen Task Force to look at increased hatchery production statewide to help protect declining Orca Whale populations in Puget Sound.

The Citizen Task Force is chartered with determining which hatcheries statewide will receive funds for increased production of salmon, how much funding and what specific species will be identified for production increases.

During the last two decades funding at a state and federal level has decreased by over 30-percent and if the state cannot find a stable and predictable source of increased funding the long-term implications to our industry and sport-fishing are ominous.

We will be heavily engaged in this process and provide more information as the Citizen Task Force convenes during the summer and fall.

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Financial Report: Retirement plans can be SIMPLE
David B. Fitch, Wells Fargo Advisors

If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and non-profit organizations to consider is the SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Unlike some retirement plans, there are specific criteria a business must meet to participate in a SIMPLE IRA plan. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about this type of retirement plan:

Can any business establish a SIMPLE IRA plan? Self-employed individuals and employers with fewer than 100 employees may adopt a SIMPLE plan. However, the business must not maintain any other employer-sponsored retirement plan where contributions are made or accrued during the calendar year in which the SIMPLE plan is effective. (This does not apply to plans that cover only union employees who are excluded from the SIMPLE plan.)

What is the deadline for establishing such a plan in order for it to qualify for the 2018 tax year? The IRS deadline for establishing SIMPLE IRA plans for the current year is October 1. After October 1, plans can only be established for the next tax year. An exception to October 1 exists if the business is a newly established company and has never sponsored a SIMPLE IRA plan.

Which employees are eligible to participate in this type of plan? An eligible employee is one who has received at least $5,000 in compensation from the employer during any two prior calendar years (does not need to be consecutive years) and who is reasonably expected to receive at least $5,000 compensation during the current year. In the plan’s initial agreement, the employer is able to reduce the amount of compensation and the number of years required. However, there is no required participation for this plan – eligible employees can choose whether or not they want to participate and contribute.

How much can employees contribute to the plan through salary deferral? The maximum salary deferral limit to a SIMPLE IRA plan for 2018 cannot exceed $12,500. If an employee is age 50 or older before December 31, then an additional catch-up contribution of $3,000 is permitted.
What are the maximum employer contribution limits for a SIMPLE IRA? Each year the employer must decide to do either a matching contribution (the lesser of the employee’s salary deferral or 3% of the employee’s compensation) or non-matching contribution of 2% of an employee’s compensation (limited to $275,000 for 2018). All participants in the plan must be notified of the employer’s decision.

When must contributions be deposited? Employee deferrals should be deposited as soon as administratively feasible, but no later than 30 days following the last day of the month in which the amounts would otherwise have been payable to the employee. These rules also apply to self-employed individuals. The employer contributions deadline is the due date of the employer’s tax return, including extensions.

Can there be a vesting scheduled with a SIMPLE IRA? There is no vesting schedule with this type of plan – both employer and employee are immediately 100% vested.

How are withdrawals from SIMPLE IRAs taxed? Withdrawals from this type of account are taxed as ordinary income. However, if a participant is younger than age 59½ and makes a withdrawal within the first two years of plan participation, he or she will owe a 25% IRS penalty and ordinary income taxes on the amount withdrawn.  After the initial two years of plan participation, the 25% IRS penalty is reduced to 10% for pre 59½ withdrawals.  Exceptions to the 10% penalty on traditional IRAs are also exceptions to the 25% penalty for SIMPLE IRAs. Direct transfers to another SIMPLE IRA will not be subject to this penalty.

Can the assets in a SIMPLE IRA be rolled over? Participants are able to roll over funds from one SIMPLE plan to another at any time. After two years of participation, employees may roll assets to a traditional or SEP IRA without tax penalties.

As with any investment alternative, you should check with your Financial Advisor to evaluate the best option for your financial situation. 
Wells Fargo Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice. Be sure to consult with your tax and legal advisors before taking any action that could have tax or legal consequences. Please keep in mind that transferring or rolling over assets to an IRA is just one of multiple options for your retirement plan. Each option has advantages and disadvantages, including investment options and fees and expenses, which should be understood and carefully considered.
© 2018 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.  

This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of David B. Fitch, Associate Vice President - Investments in Bellevue at 425-450-2245. © 2017 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The Power of Three
Peter Schrappen, NMTA Dir. of Government Affairs

I remember reading about how the human mind has trouble tracking more than three of something. Maybe you’ve noticed that, too. Just look around: in baseball, it’s three strikes, three outs. In the Catholic Church, there’s the Holy Trinity. Even stop lights (or as Zig Ziglar would say “go lights”) have only three colors. So that leads me into this column: When it comes to the recently concluded 60-day legislative session, it’s three items I want to share with you.
First, there’s the passage of House Bill 2634, which was signed into law on March 3. This legislation addresses the inadequacies in the complete ban on copper-bottom paint. You may remember how Patti Segulja-Lau of Dunato’s Boatyard led a NMTA task force to dig deeper into a more preferred solution than an all-out ban. What this group came up with (replicating what’s happening in California around outlawing high leaching copper paints) was inserted into a study portion of the bill that passed. Keep in mind that the Washington Department of Ecology took the lead on this bill’s passage (in the eleventh hour, they determined that the alternatives to copper are “as bad if not worse for the environment than copper” (their words). This partnership proved effective. Working together (and with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance) meant that this new legislation had the blessing of the three critical stakeholders.

So, bookmark this accomplishment and I’ll keep you posted. What you need to know is that the new ban is in 2021 for copper and that wooden boats are exempted forever. The leach-rate study will occur between now and September of 2019 and with this upcoming information, I will be back in Olympia in 2020 to advocate for a better option than an all-out ban that’s now currently on the books. As for the current legislation that passed in 2011, the state is now enforcing the phase-out as it applies to new boats. More to come…

Second, the No Discharge Zone (NDZ) continues to stay on top of the headlines. This has to do with outlawing Type 1 and 2 Marine Sanitation Devices. The same Department of Ecology has a deadline for this new regulation to be in place: May 16, 2018. Take a look at the map and see where it applies. Please remember that this change will not affect 99% of the boaters since it’s already illegal to dump black water regardless of an NDZ designation or not. Sadly, the NDZ applies to the Superyachts and larger vessels and may mean beefed up enforcement on the water, which means more stops on the water. If you are familiar with this issue, then you know that we have advocated for targeted No Discharge Zones over impaired parts of Puget Sound and not the “whole enchilada” NDZ that Ecology has favored. 

And now for the third nugget. I’m deciding between sharing the news that this legislative session was a success (our top legislative priority passed (see above), no new taxes for businesses and boating funds were not raided) and the fact that a new coalition has formed to bring more federal money to the Ballard Locks. I’ll go with the success of NMTA’s led effort around improving the National Electrical Code (NEC).

If you own a marina or boatyard or any property that has wiring over water in Washington state, then you want to hear about this win. Before NMTA engaged on this issue, any new permitted site would not be allowed to have over 30 mA of stray current for their entire facility. Fast-forwarding to the end of this issue (after four months of lobbying along side of Wendell Stroud, Bill DeVoe, Dwight Jones, Ian Wilkinson, and the leadership of the Recreational Boating Association of Washington), we look to have moved Labor & Industries to a standard of 100 mA of stray current for the entire facility. We are in the last throes of this issue, but I’m confident that they will arrive at a spot that NMTA articulated. How cool!

So, there you have it (for now). Keep me aware of any legislative and regulatory frustrations so I can better advocate for you. If you want to learn more about any laws or regulations, consider joining your Government Affairs Committee, ably led by Gregg Reynolds of Global Marine Insurance. Check theNMTA calendar (www.nmta.net) for our meeting schedule. 

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Enrollment now open for NWSWB Marine Systems Training

Enrollment is now open for Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s NEW 6-month Marine Systems program that starts October 1. Online enrollment is also available for the new one-week intensives covering Marine Electrical Systems, Marine Diesel Engines, Marine Corrosion, and Marine Hydraulics.  The 6-month program has been approved for Federal Financial Student Aid, and there are only 7 seats left in the program that starts this Fall. The NWSWB is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. View the full story HERE

Sign-up at www.nwswb.edu
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Spring Membership Drive ON NOW! 
Get a free special edition Helly Hansen duffel bag with new member referral 

It’s our annual Membership Drive! We are working to gain as many members as possible to make sure that every business in the recreational marine industry can benefit from membership in the NMTA. Each new member you refer to the NMTA before May 16 will receive a Special Edition Helly Hansen duffel bag and have the $50 application fee waived. You, the referring member, will also receive the Special Edition Helly Hansen duffel bag, and both members will be recognized in WaterLife. 


NMTA Grow Boating Program awards $24,072 to 18 boating programs in the Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE – The Northwest Marine Trade Association’s (NMTA) Grow Boating Grant Program announced it  gave $24,072 in funding or loan opportunities to 18 boating programs in the Pacific Northwest.

Over the past 15 years the program has invested around $2-million in funding to non-profit groups or organizations that help boost the number of boaters and watercraft users and encourages boaters to use their boat more often. The Grow Boating Program is funded through a surcharge on square-footage rented during the Seattle Boat Show.

This year 28 applicants submitted a request of $128,000, and the Grow Boating Committee members spent the past two months pouring over the requests, which were all noteworthy in one way or another.

Those awarded in 2018 with funding cover a very diverse area that includes everything from power and sailboats; smaller watercraft like kayaks, canoes and paddle and sail-boards; equipment and gear; promotional and marketing funding; to educational youth events and outreach programs.
The NMTA Grow Boating Committee 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.

2018 Grant funding was awarded to:
  • Gratitude Sailing that promotes social and spiritual wellness of those with ‘ongoing” or a “once in a lifetime” crisis of a physical, mental, or social nature through sailing.
  • Clam Island Rowing offers high-school age students in the Bremerton, Silverdale and surrounding Kitsap County region a chance to participate in a class-based rowing program with scholarships for at-risk teens.
  • The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle has a public sailing event titled CastOFF! on Lake Union that has introduced thousands of people to the joys of boating for more than 25 years.
  • Columbia Gorge Racing Association has offered sailing programs for the past 11 years in the Cascade Locks to introduce young sailors to the love of the sport, and strives to change the lives of those in economically disadvantaged surrounding communities.
  • Community Boating Center of Bellingham caters to youth who are new to boating in their “Experience Sailing” program as well as helping disadvantaged youth to engage in their free programs once they’ve taken the class.
  • The Dominion Historical Workboat Association works with City of Bremerton and local schools to offer free experiences aboard, focusing on those new to boating especially youth and underrepresented people.
  • PNW Chapter of ACBS provides free boat rides to the public at the Renton River Days (July 27-29) Boat Show. Youth age 12 and under are given lifejackets as well as provided to all adults during boat rides. Last year’s event, provided more than 500 boat rides.
  • Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club provides free human powered boating to kids and parents at the Paddle, Splash & Play event. This year’s event is Aug. 11 at Nine Mile Recreation Area in Nine Mile Falls.
  • The Friday Harbor Power Squadron offers the public a “How to handle their boat and/or rental boat” class with classroom and on-water exercises to gain confidence and awareness of boating safety.
  • Sail Sand Point in North Seattle strives to provide program that benefits underserved youth, adults and families a chance to experience getting on the water sailing, paddling and exploring the marine environment in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
  • Oregon Boating Foundation in Newport, OR, partners with the Port of Toledo to host “Free Family Boating” in the summer, which is designed to lower the barrier to entry for the public to try sailing and kayaking. They also offer affordable summer youth programs.
  • Founded in 1965, the Renton Sailing Center offers a free introductory sailing opportunity to the public the “Experience Renton Sailing Event” and also has four small boat sailing classes open to all levels of ability.
  • Youth Marine Foundation in Tacoma provides youth a chance to hop aboard boats, learn seamanship and touch the waters of Puget Sound. Their 2018 summer camp. “Sails & Trails,” teach 90-100 youth ages 11 to 15 the skills of boating.  
  • Since 2011, the Duwamish Rowing Club has brought the sport of rowing and boating to youth and the people within local South Seattle communities of South Park, Georgetown and the surrounding Duwamish Valley area.
  • Sound Experience has operated the 133-foot gaff-rigged Schooner Adventuress since 1989 to provide more than 50,000 youth with effective educational programs. Their work force development has also produced a good number of people employed in the boating industry.
  • The Point Defiance Marina-Metro Parks of Tacoma has a unique program during “Free Fishing Weekend” in June that offers sport-fishing and power boating to the public. They also offer a wide-range of public opportunities to get more people on the water.
  • Founded in 1995, Sammamish Rowing provides on the water exposure for all levels of youth to adults to the sport of rowing in their state-of-the-art facility. The club strives to be an inclusive program that excels in all aspects of the sport.
  • Gig Harbor Boat Shop provides classic small-craft for community use and gives boat access to patrons that otherwise might not be able to discover the joys and ease of boating.

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Welcome New Members!

Bic Sports was founded in 1979 and have changed the windsurfing industry. They’ve expanded to kayaks and SUPs and will be exhibiting in the 2018 NW Paddling Festival. Come check out their latest technology in boards and equipment. 

Chuck Hovey Yachts has been serving the West Coast for over 50 years and will be exhibiting in the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show. They’ll be bringing a Fleming, which is one of the many boat brands they carry regularly.

Manufacturing Industry Council was formed in Seattle in 1998 and is partnering with NMTA and other member businesses to help solve the workforce shortage in the industry. They are working to put shop classes back in high schools and get students excited about working in the marine industry through internships and apprenticeships. 

Safe Harbor Marinas is the largest owner and operator of marinas in the world and is looking to expand to the Pacific Northwest. They’ll be getting more involved with NMTA for our Annual NW Marina & Boatyard Conference, from October 25-26 this year at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine.

Solar Sal is based out of Bellingham and makes 100 percent solar powered vessels, including launches, cruisers, and inspected “T” boats. They are known as Whatcom County’s most trusted solar experts.

West Yachts is out of Anacortes and is a power and sail boat brokerage. They carry everything from Azimut to Devlins and have the largest section of dock space at the Port of Anacortes. They’ll be part of the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show so make sure to come by and say hi!

We’re teaming up with Fisheries Supply and Helly Hansen to offer you a new member benefit! Stop by our Member BBQ at NMTA (1900 N. Northlake Way, Seattle) on June 1 to learn more! 

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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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Staff Spotlight: NMTA Membership Director gets a new boat!

Boat envy runs rampant at NMTA headquarters. Kate Anderson, NMTA Membership Director, finally decided enough was enough and went and got herself this beaut, or, in her words, “cute”, 1968 Performer. This 16’ boat was built in Compton, California in 1968 and features a gleaming, smooth-riding fiberglass hull complete with all original finishes, a matching  red trailer, and a rugged 33 Johnson outboard that’s known for leaving other boats in its wake. You can catch her elegantly cruising Lake Union with friends, pulling up monster crab in Puget Sound, or exploring the San Juan Islands - her stomping grounds. This boat does it all. 

Congrats, Kate! 

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May 2018
The months are flying by faster than a coho hitting your bait in the prop wash.

It felt like “Yesterday” – an ode to a classic Beatles song – when we gathered in Lacey on Feb. 27 to see what the salmon forecasts had in store for us. Now a season package is “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” – did you say Stevie Wonder? – for anglers to digest and begin making plans on where to wet a line.

The process known as “North of Falcon” (NOF) culminated April 6-11 in Portland, Oregon, and I was on-hand as a sport-fishing observer.
When proposed seasons came to light in mid-March, it was like a feisty trophy king tugging on the end of a line, which after a long battle unhooked itself at the boat causing the lead weight to smack you right in the eye.

While grief and a swollen black eye set in, you might have been down in the dumps. But, my mantra has been to never whine about what you can’t do or lost (the trophy king in paragraph above), and more on making the most of the present moment.

Life throws you lemons so make sweet lemonade because if you don’t your head will go into a swift-moving tidal tail-spin and turn your fishing line into a messy tangled web of hurt.

The initial good news is environmental conditions – El Nino, warm water temperatures, a “Blob” and droughts – that have plagued us with restrictions going back to 2015-16 appear to be in the rear-view mirror.

Secondly, was the warmth (albeit mixed feelings by some NOF attendees) of unity and transparency between user groups despite a usual difference in opinions over how the whole pie of sport, tribal and non-tribal fisheries was divvied up.

These are signals of “baby steps” in a complicated process that long filled with arguments, bitterness, cultural indifference, protests and a fight over that “last salmon” dating back to Boldt Decision.

The true litmus test of how long this “hand-holding” philosophy will last between all parties is essential as we move forward to ensure our iconic Pacific Northwest salmon runs will be around for generations to come. Even more so as we carry the torch of a long-term Puget Sound  Chinook Management Plan to the federal fishery agency’s table later this year, which will dictate how we fish from 2019 to 2029 and beyond.

“Now that we’ve finished this process we need to work on being responsible with conservation, habitat issues and simply change our philosophy to create a long-term management plan,” Ron Warren, the WDFW salmon policy coordinator said at the conclusion of Portland meetings.

While being mindful of that briny future, let’s go over highlights of our fisheries at hand.

A positive are extended seasons – something that hasn’t happened for several years – for hatchery coho in northern Puget Sound (Area 9) from July through September, and non-select coho in central Puget Sound (Area 10) from June through mid-November. The Puget Sound coho forecast is 557,149.

Another shining star is a South Sound hatchery  Chinook forecast of 227,420 up 21 percent from 10-year average and a 35 percent increase from 2017.

The northern Puget Sound summer hatchery  Chinook catch quota is 5,563 – a similar figure to 2017 – and is expected to last one-month when it opens in July.

The elevated forecast is a blessing when south-central Puget Sound (Area 11) opens June 1 especially in popular Tacoma-Vashon Island area. A central Puget Sound hatchery  Chinook fishery starts July 16 with a cap of 4,743. Area 10 has a coho directed fishery in June at popular places such as Jefferson Head-Edmonds area.

A hatchery king season opens at Sekiu on July 1, and Port Angeles on July 3. Both switch to hatchery coho in mid-August through September.
A summer king fishery in San Juan Islands (Area 7) opens July to August, but September is  Chinook non-retention.

Late-summer and early-fall coho fisheries will occur in Areas 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13.

On coast, Ilwaco, La Push and Neah Bay open daily starting June 23, and Westport opens Sundays to Thursdays beginning July 1. Hatchery coho quotas are same as 2017 although  Chinook quotas are down a decent amount. The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery opens Aug. 1.

On freshwater scene, a sockeye forecast of 35,002 to Baker River is strong enough to allow fisheries in Baker Lake from July 7-Sept. 7, and a section of Skagit River from June 16-July 15.

The Snohomish, Skykomish and Snoqualmie open Sept. 16 for coho. Sections of Skykomish, Skagit and Cascade open for hatchery  Chinook beginning June 1. For details on seasons, visit WDFW at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon

Bounty of May fishing options
There’s nothing more exciting than pulling up a pot loaded with prawn-size spot shrimp during a season that begins May 5.

“I am more positive this year on our spot shrimp projections than the last couple of years,” said Mark O’Toole, a WDFW biologist who is retiring May 18 after an illustrious 36 years with the department, and many thanks for your valued input on shrimp and other fish policies!

“In general, last year was another good season with relatively high abundance,” he said. “The catch per boat ended up being higher for all areas.”

Look for good shrimping in the Straits; San Juan Islands; east side of Whidbey Island; central, south-central and northern Puget Sound; and Hood Canal. Sample fishing conducted this spring showed marginal abundance in southern Puget Sound.

Hit pause button on spring chores since trout fishing in statewide lowland lakes is now underway.

Justin Spinelli, a WDFW biologist says 460,000 trout went into Puget Sound region lakes on top of 500-plus statewide lakes planted with 16,840,269 trout – 2,171,307 of them are the standardized size averaging about 11 inches compared to 8-inches in past seasons.
If you prefer a large-sized halibut then head out on May 11. The Washington catch quota is 225,366 pounds down from 237,762 in 2017, and a bump up from 214,110 in 2016, 2015 and 2014.

Dates for Neah Bay, La Push, Westport and Strait/Puget Sound are May 11, 13, 25 and 27. Depending on catches other dates are June 7, 9, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30. Ilwaco opens May 3 with fishing allowed Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Once you get your halibut fix add some black rockfish and lingcod to the cooler. Ilwaco, Westport, Neah Bay and La Push are open for both, and some Puget Sound areas are open for lingcod.

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Health Care Corner: May 2018

Do you know the blood pressure guidelines?
Experts now say that high blood pressure should be treated earlier, at 130/80 rather than 140/90. That means a staggering number of American adults—nearly half—are now considered to have high blood pressure. 

Yet most people who have high blood pressure don’t even know it! And, because there are no warning signs or symptoms, many people only discover they have it when they have a heart attack or stroke. 

The New Guidelines
Make it a priority to find out your blood pressure numbers. It’s easy to do using a free blood pressure cuff at many pharmacies or you can have it checked at your doctor’s office.
Normal: Less than 120/80
Elevated: Systolic between 120-129 and diastolic less than 80
Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89
Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90
Hypertensive crisis: Systolic over 180 and/or diastolic over 120

What You Can Do
While knowing the new guidelines is important, you should always consult your doctor if you are concerned that you may be at risk for high blood pressure. 

You can help maintain normal blood pressure, or work to reduce higher levels, with healthy lifestyle habits such as:
  • Keep your weight at a normal level
  • Exercise or be active 
  • Eat healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods
  • Choose foods with less salt and sodium
  • Take steps to reduce stress, if needed
  • Limit your alcohol use
  • If you smoke, quit
High blood pressure is dangerous because it overworks your heart and hardens your arteries, causing damage that increases your risk for serious health issues, like heart disease and kidney failure. Knowing your risk and living a healthy lifestyle are the first steps toward fighting high blood pressure and enjoying a long, healthy life. 

The NMTA Health Trust team is here to make sure that you and your employees have access to the best possible healthcare at the best possible price. To learn more about this exclusive member benefit, visit  nmtahealthtrust.com or call Capital Benefit Services at 425-641-8093.
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