• Friday, March 04, 2016 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Employment & Education

    Click Here to complete an Application for Employment

    The recreational marine services industry is one filled with diversity attracting individuals from a wide range of backgrounds;

    electronics to engineering; painting to carpentry; highly mechanical systems repair to equipment handling.  To sustain a highly trained workforce, cultivation of the next generation is critical. 

    CMTA will be embarking on new workforce development initiatives in 2016 to further supplement today’s staffing needs as well as to ensure that productivity into the future.

    Today there are many opportunities for trained and untrained individuals interested in a career in the marine trades industry.  They will be found here.

    The following positions were presented at the CMTA Career Opportunity Fair at the Hartford Boat Show:
    • A & S Boats, Inc. - Marine Technician
    • Atlantic Outboard - Outboard Technician, New Boat Electronic Installations, Boat Delivery & Customer Orientation, Mobile Service Technician, Possibly Service Manager
    • Bassett Yacht & Boat Sales - Sales & Service
    • Boat Works of South Windsor, Inc. - is going through a major expansion in 2016 and has positions open in all areas of the business including management, office staff, mechanics, fiberglass interns & general laborers.
    • Connecticut Marine One - Experienced Marine Mechanic
    • Freedom Boat Club - Sales Person, Membership Sales in Eastern CT
    • Mystic River Marina - Engine & Systems mechanic, outboard / IO Mechanic, Parts/Store person
    • Oak Leaf Marina, Inc. - Part time - 16-24hrs/week - Weekend Mgr/Parts Department - Support
    • Reynolds Garage & Marine - Marine Mechanic, Boat Detailer
    • Saybrook Point Marina - Seeking qualified dock hands to work April - November at a resort-style marina.  Responsible for providing prompt & courteous customer service, the safe docking & fueling of vessels and general marina operations.
    • The Fitzpatrick Agency, Inc. - We are looking for a highly motivated and organized college student.  Excellent communication skills (both verbal & written) are required.  In-depth knowledge and understanding of digital medial and the social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+) is essential.  Looking for a driven team player.
    • S&S Marine, LLC - Mechanic, General Yard Laborer
    • Riverside Yacht Club in Greenwich CT, has an opening for an Assistant Waterfront Manager which is a year round position.  Ideal candidate must be computer savvy, have boating experience and meet the qualifications for a USCG Launch Operators License. They should also be mechanically inclined to perform boat/dock/mooring maintenance, have experience supervising staff as well as being pleasant and professional with our membership.  This positon will require working weekends and holidays.  Please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Careers@riversideyc.org

    • Mechanics & General Laborers are always in high demand - if you are interested, please contact the CMTA Office
  • Monday, February 01, 2016 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Larger Hartford show had an array of options

    Posted on February 1st, 2016 Written by Jack Atzinger

    There were more than 250 boats on display at the Hartford Boat Show.

    There were more than 250 boats on display at the Hartford Boat Show.

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut boaters have options that range from lakes and rivers to Long Island Sound, so displaying the diversity of the state’s boating scene was a priority for organizers of the 47th annual Hartford Boat Show.

    Promoted strongly in the local media, the four-day event at the Connecticut Convention Center, which ended Sunday, had more than 125 exhibitors and 250 boats on display.

    The expanded show provided activities that ranged from a stand-up paddleboard demonstration pool on the lower level to a virtual fishing tournament on a new second floor.

    “We wanted to make the show fun, just like the recreation is,” Connecticut Marine Trades Association executive director Kathleen Burns said.

    Kathleen Burns, executive director of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, is shown with a Robalo boat powered by Evinrude, the show’s official sponsor.

    Kathleen Burns, executive director of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, is shown with a Robalo boat powered by Evinrude, the show’s official sponsor.

    There also were appearances from authors such as Michael Tougias, co-author of “The Finest Hours,” who presented a slide show on Friday about the 1952 Coast Guard rescue described in the book on the same day the Disney feature film opened in theaters nationwide.

    “We need to make the show different each year so it’s appealing to people who are returning,” Burns said Friday.

    Exhibitors noticed the improvements.

    Mark Passeri, president of A&S Boats in South Windsor, Conn., is shown holding the award his dealership won for best display.

    Mark Passeri, president of A&S Boats in South Windsor, Conn., is shown holding the award his dealership won for best display.

    “The show really presents well,” said Mark Passeri, president of Chaparral dealer A&S Boats in South Windsor, Conn. “I think the layout has been conducive to a good flow.”

    Passeri also was impressed with the way the CMTA promoted the show.

    “I’m hearing ads everywhere,” he said Friday.

    Evan Cusson, sales manager at Atlantic Outboard, is shown with Steve Higgs, who works in parts, electronics and engine sales at the Westbrook, Conn. dealership.

    Evan Cusson (left), sales manager at Atlantic Outboard, is shown with Steve Higgs, who works in parts, electronics and engine sales at the Westbrook, Conn. dealership.

    Evan Cusson, sales manager at Atlantic Outboard in Westbrook, Conn., said the attendees he had met were “good-quality visitors who were showing a lot of interest.”

    Cusson said the show also was fortunate to have Evinrude as its official sponsor. “They’ve been very good to us and the CMTA,” he said.

    Cusson, whose dealership sells Robalo and Pursuit boats, is expecting a strong selling season this year.

    “Last year was a great year for us,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to 2016. We sell a lot of outboard fiberglass boats,” and that segment has been a strong performer as the industry continues its recovery from the Great Recession.

    Passeri said business at his dealership has shown steady improvement in recent years, but he said the industry is doing better in other states where the economy is stronger. He said poor state government policies have slowed Connecticut’s economic growth.

    “Last year was a good year, relatively speaking,” he said. “I don’t think Connecticut has the best [business] climate.”

    Brian Luby, sales manager at Beacon Point Marina in Greenwich and Shelton, Conn., is cautiously optimistic about the season ahead.

    Brian Luby, sales manager at Beacon Point Marine in Greenwich and Shelton, Conn., is cautiously optimistic about the season ahead.

    Brian Luby, sales manager at Beacon Point Marine in Greenwich and Shelton, said his dealership has been coming to the Hartford show for 15 years.

    “I think the CMTA has done a tremendous job of expanding the offerings of the show and making it more exciting,” he said.

    Beacon Point sells Scout, Sea Fox and Carolina Skiff boats. Luby said business has been “ebb and flow since the downturn in ’08 but, all in all, it’s been good. We’re building the business back up to what it used to be.”

    He is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead.

    “If the economy remains stable or looks to improve, we’ll be very optimistic for the spring,” he said. “We certainly have a lot of challenge there.”

    Measure
    Measure


  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016 7:49 AM | Anonymous
    New Products and Family Fun Boating Activities to be Highlighted January 30 and January 31


    ESSEX, CT – JANUARY 13, 2016 ‐‐ For boaters and those thinking about getting into recreational boating, winter is prime time to research and plan spring equipment purchases that can enhance family fun on the water.  The Hartford Boat Show, which runs January 28 to January 31 at the Connecticut Convention Center, will showcase the boats, products and services for every type of Connecticut boater, whether on the sound, in lake or on river.

    Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), the Hartford Boat Show will feature over 125 exhibitors and 250 boats and accessories, filling the entire convention center. The weekend of January 30 and 31, dubbed Sizzling Saturday and Family Funday will offer a full schedule of demonstrations, special events, seminars, personality appearances, and author book signings.   

    “For 2016 we have moved the Show back to our former dates between the National Football League playoffs and the Super Bowl.  It’s the perfect weekend to bring the whole family and in the comfort of the warm indoor space, start to plan and get excited about the upcoming boating season,” according to Kathleen Burns, Executive Director, CMTA. 

    All weekend, boaters of all ages can join in the fun with special activities such as the Monster Mural Wall for junior skipper artists, ongoing paddle demonstrations in the new Paddler’s Paradise Pool , the HBS Boating Movie and TV Trivia Contest, and opportunities to win door prizes. Both days, the Dish/Frontier Virtual Fishing Tournament will give visitors the opportunity to test their skill against others, with categories for both children and adults. Strolling characters during the weekend include the Minions, Floatie, SpongeBob, Chompers & Chew Chew from the Yard Goats. 

    Sizzling Saturday activities will highlight new products appearing at the Show. Some of the special events that day include: NBC CT’s on‐air personality, First Alert Meteorologist Kaitlyn McGrath presenting a Weather App Demonstration; Port Niantic’s Basic Maintenance session; Electronic Charting with the Hartford Power Squadron; “A Passion for Sailing” delivered by sailing consultant and coach Joe Cooper ; a fishing seminar by “The Diving Fisherman” author, photographer and videographer Mike Laptew; and authors Paul Krantz of “Riding the Wild Ocean” and Kevin Saulnier of “Bart & The Compass Rose” appearing in the Boat Book Nook. 

    The fun continues on Sunday, Family Funday, with Boat Book Nook appearances by authors Jeremy Pallai (“‘Fish on the Move”), and Lisa Saunders (“Mystic Seafarers Trail”). 

    Both day schedules also include “Ask a Captain” featuring United States Coast Guard Certified Master Captain and sport fisherman, TJ Karbowski; and  “Catch More Seabass, Cod and Porgy” with Blackhawk party boat Captain Greg Dubrule. 

    “Winter is a good time to gear up, research new products and take advantage of some of the special pricing and incentives that exhibitors are offering this time of year. Hundreds of boats of all types will be under one roof, but this year’s show also has the widest product diversity representing every aspect of boating, for those looking for equipment, accessories and gadgets,” Burns noted. 

    Beyond boats, products exhibited at the Hartford Boat Show include jet skis, personal watercraft, paddle sports, kayaks, marinas, motors, electronics, slip rentals, servicing, fishing gear, educational programs and materials, insurance, trailers, electronics, sanitation, air conditioning, real estate, attire, nautical home décor, decking, dock building, winter storage, and financing. 

    Evinrude is the Official Sponsor of the 2016 Harford Boat Show. The CT Buick GMC Dealers are the Official Vehicle; Helly Hansen, the Official Apparel, and NBC Connecticut, the Official Media supporters of the event. 

    The Hartford Boat Show will be open Thursday, January 28, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday, January 29, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday, January 30, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; and  Sunday, January 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit www.hartfordboatshow.com for additional information and special event schedule. 

    Tickets may be purchased at www.hartfordboatshow.com.  Pre‐show online tickets are $10, a new $18 Dual Day Pass has been introduced which will allow access to the show any two days, and a Senior Skip’rs Day pass for Friday, January 29 for admission 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for those over 60 is also available at $8. During The Boat Show, general admission will be $12, with children under 12 admitted free. 

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    About The Hartford Boat Show: Now in its 47th year, the Hartford Boat Show features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards in addition to fishing gear and tackle, marinas and boatyards, other marine services and boating accessories.  Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) the show is open to the public January 28‐31, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center, and will feature over 125 exhibitors, 250 boats and watercraft, as well as educational seminars and demonstration areas.  www.hartfordboatshow.com 

    About Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA): The CMTA is a not‐for‐profit trade association representing boating and related marine industries throughout Connecticut, from the Long Island Sound to the state’s rivers and lakes. Founded in 1954, the CMTA has over 300 member businesses and is dedicated to the well‐being of the industry by promoting the interests of recreational boating, improving industry conditions, monitoring legislative and regulatory issues, and advancing boating education throughout the state.  www.boatct.com 


  • Friday, January 08, 2016 7:52 AM | Anonymous
    Second Day of January 28‐31 Event to Highlight Recreational Activities, Lifestyle and Safety for Senior Boaters


    ESSEX, CT – JANUARY 8, 2016 – As part of its expansion and new programing, the 2016 Hartford Boat Show, has announced that the second day of the Boat Show will be designated as Senior Skip’rs day.   Seminars, demonstrations, author appearances, a happy hour, and contests will focus on the recreational activities and lifestyle of senior boaters, with a new  Senior Skip’rs Day pass for Friday, January 29 for admission 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm available for those over 60 at $8.

    Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), the January 28‐31, 2016 Show has been expanded to the second level of the Connecticut Convention Center, and will  feature 125 exhibitors and will cover 170,000 square feet of boats, exhibits, seminars, demonstrations, accessories and destinations, representing every aspect of boating in Connecticut’s sound, lake and river communities. The expansion is the largest in product diversity expansion in the Show’s 47 year history. 

    Also new for the 2016 Show, each day of the event will have a highlight focus, with Friday, January 29, 2016 being designated Senior Skip’rs Day. Other Show daily themes are January 28 is Industry Day, January 30 is Sizzling Saturday highlighting new products, and January 31 is Family Day. 

    “Seniors are among some of the most active recreational boaters in the state, and we are pleased to be able to offer programing specifically targeted to their interests such as fishing, sailing, and safety technology,” says, Kathleen Burns, Executive Director, CMTA. 

    WTIC personality Ray Dunaway who wakes up Connecticut each morning will be a special guest of Senior Skip’rs Day, greeting boaters and guests from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. 

    Educational sessions on January 29 will include “Using VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radio” presented by the Hartford Power Squadron; a fishing seminar by “The Diving Fisherman” author, photographer and videographer Mike Laptew; “Ask a Captain” featuring United States Coast Guard Certified Master Captain and sport fisherman, TJ Karbowski, “A Passion for Sailing” delivered by sailing consultant and coach Joe Cooper; and “Catch More Seabass, Cod and Porgy” with Blackhawk party boat Captain Greg Dubrule. 

    In the authors Boat Book Nook booth, Paul Krantz, writer of “Riding the Wild Ocean” will appear from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and “Bart & The Compass Rose” author Kevin Saulnier will be making his books available from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.   

    During the day there will be multiple paddle sport demonstrations in the Paddler’s Paradise Do Pool, and the special Daily Prize of a Dragonfly 4 x 5 Sonar/GPS/Chartplotter , donated by Dockside Electronics, will be  given away during an afternoon drawing. 

    At 5:00 pm, the Boat Row Happy Hour, sponsored by radio stations WDRC‐FM, WPLR‐FM and WFOX‐FM kicks off, with a remote broadcast, live music, refreshment specials, contests and prizes.  Pam from “Chaz & AJ in The Morning” will be making a “PAM‐demonium” appearance from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 

    Evinrude is the Official Sponsor of the 2016 Harford Boat Show. The CT Buick GMC Dealers are the Official Vehicle; Helly Hansen, the Official Apparel, and NBC Connecticut, the Official Media supporters of the event, with all adding their own excitement to The Show. 

    The Hartford Boat Show is open  Thursday, January 28, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday, January 29, Senior Skip’rs Day, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday, January 30, Sizzling Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; and   Sunday, January 31, Family Day, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit www.hartfordboatshow.com for additional information and special event schedule. 

    Ticket sales are now open and may be purchased at www.hartfordboatshow.com.  Pre‐show online tickets are $10, a new $18 Dual Day Pass has been introduced which will allow access to the show any two days, and a Senior Skip’rs Day pass for Friday, January 29 for admission 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for those over 60 is $8. During The Boat Show, general admission will be $12, with children under 12 admitted free. 

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    About The Hartford Boat Show: Now in its 47th year, the Hartford Boat Show features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards in addition to fishing gear and tackle, marinas and boatyards, other marine services and boating accessories.  Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) the show is open to the public January 28‐31, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center, and will feature over 125 exhibitors, 250 boats and watercraft, as well as educational seminars and demonstration areas.  www.hartfordboatshow.com 

    About Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA): The CMTA is a not‐for‐profit trade association representing boating and related marine industries throughout Connecticut, from the Long Island Sound to the state’s rivers and lakes. Founded in 1954, the CMTA has over 300 member businesses and is dedicated to the well‐being of the industry by promoting the interests of recreational boating, improving industry conditions, monitoring legislative and regulatory issues, and advancing boating education throughout the state.  www.boatct.com


  • Tuesday, December 29, 2015 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    THE BUSINESS OF RECREATIONAL BOATING IN CONNECTICUT IS OPENING DAY FOCUS OF HARTFORD BOAT SHOW

    January 28‐31 2016 Event Highlights the Economic, Small Business and Workforce Contributions of Marine Trades in the State

    ESSEX, CT – DECEMBER 29, 2015 – The economic impact of the business of recreational boating in Connecticut will be the focus of the opening day program at the Hartford Boat Show, January 28, 2016.  Powered by Evinrude, The Hartford Boat Show will run January 28‐31 at the Connecticut Convention Center, and will feature over 250 boats and exhibitors representing every aspect of boating in Connecticut’s sound, lake and river communities.

    Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), opening day events will be highlighted by the CMTA’s annual Sponsorship Award Ceremony and Scholarship Presentation, as well as a career opportunity fair, author book signings, paddle sport demonstrations in the Paddler’s Paradise Demo Pool, and a slate of seminars.

    According to the CMTA, annual retail sales of new boats, engines, accessories and services account for over $136 million in Connecticut, and support 537 businesses across the state. It is estimated that there are 101,887 recreational boats in the Nutmeg State, with 85% being powerboats, 10% personal watercraft and 5% being sailboats.

    “The business of boating in Connecticut supports a workforce of 7,500 employees whose lives depend upon people buying, storing, servicing and caring for boats throughout the state,” cites Kathleen Burns, Executive Director, CMTA. “This is not just a high‐end boat or sound‐dominated business as many would think, but one which flourishes in all corners of Connecticut,” she continues.

    The over 125 exhibitors at The Hartford Boat Show will represent every type of business involved in recreational boating, including boats, jet skis, personal watercraft, paddle sports, kayaks, marinas, motors, slip rentals, servicing, fishing gear and tackle, educational programs and materials, insurance, trailers, electronics, sanitation, air conditioning, real estate, attire, nautical home décor, decking, dock building, winter storage, and financing. According to Burns, the 2016 exhibitors represent the largest expansion in the diversity of products in the Show’s 47 year history.

    “The marine trades business in Connecticut is a segment which has not gone ‘big box’,” says Burns. “The mainstay of the whole industry is small businesses that are largely based in working waterfronts that anchor and distinctively characterize our small communities. About 95% of our exhibitors are classified as small business, many are family owned and even generational, with 94 being Connecticut based,” she continues.

    Hartford Boat Show opening day activities begin at 3:30 pm with the sponsorship and scholarship presentations and ribbon cutting ceremony. Exhibit hall hours are 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    The Sponsorship Award Ceremony will acknowledge Hartford Boat Show sponsors Evinrude, CT Buick GMC, Helly Hansen and NBC Connecticut, as well as supporters of the annual CMTA Golf Tournament which enables the scholarship program. Golf tournament sponsors included Starkweather & Shepley and the Connecticut Convention Center.

    Now in its fifth year, the CMTA Scholarship Program annually awards scholarships to qualified member employees and their family member to further their educational pursuits related to the marine trades industry.

    A Career Opportunity Fair will run 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm featuring employment opportunities available in Connecticut’s recreational boating businesses.

    In the authors Boat Book Nook booth, Paul Krantz, writer of “Riding the Wild Ocean” will appear. January 28 educational sessions include “Skipper Saver” presented by the Hartford Power Squadron, “Basic Maintenance by Port Niantic and “Ask a Captain” featuring United States Coast Guard Certified Master Captain and sport fisherman, TJ Karbowski.

    The Hartford Boat Show will be open Thursday, January 28, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday, January 29, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday, January 30, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; and Sunday, January 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit www.hartfordboatshow.com for additional information and special event schedule.

    Ticket sales are now open and may be purchased at www.hartfordboatshow.com. Pre‐show online tickets are $10, a new $18 Dual Day Pass has been introduced which will allow access to the show any two days, and a Senior Skip’rs Day pass for Friday, January 29 for admission 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for those over 60 is also available at $8. During The Boat Show, general admission will be $12, with children under 12 admitted free.

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    About The Hartford Boat Show: Now in its 47th year, the Hartford Boat Show features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards in addition to fishing gear and tackle, marinas and boatyards, other marine services and boating accessories. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) the show is open to the public January 28‐31, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center, and will feature over 125 exhibitors, 250 boats and watercraft, as well as educational seminars and demonstration areas. www.hartfordboatshow.com

    About Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA): The CMTA is a not‐for‐profit trade association representing boating and related marine industries throughout Connecticut, from the Long Island Sound to the state’s rivers and lakes. Founded in 1954, the CMTA has over 300 member businesses and is dedicated to the well‐being of the industry by promoting the interests of recreational boating, improving industry conditions, monitoring legislative and regulatory issues, and advancing boating education throughout the state. www.boatct.com.

    (Editor’s Note: Past Show photos, sponsor logos and background materials available upon request.  Kathleen Burns is available for interview. For additional information, contact Diane Greco at 914‐666‐4150 or tactixdg@verizon.net)


  • Thursday, December 17, 2015 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    EVINRUDE, CT BUICK GMC AND HELLY HANSEN LEAD HARTFORD BOAT SHOW SPONSORS 

    Ticket Sales Now Open for Holiday Giving for the January 28‐31, 2016 Event 

    ESSEX, CT – DECEMBER 17, 2015 – With Evinrude, CT Buick GMC, Helly Hansen and NBC Connecticut leading its list of sponsors, The Hartford Boat Show is preparing to power up January 28‐31, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center. Presented by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), the event will fill the entire convention center, featuring over 250 boats, 125 exhibitors, and is expected to draw over 12,000 visitors. 

    Ticket sales are now open, just in time for holiday gift giving. Tickets may be purchased at www.hartfordboatshow.com.  Pre‐show online tickets are $10, a new $18 Dual Day Pass has been introduced which will allow access to the show any two days, and a Senior Skip’rs Day pass for Friday, January 29 for admission 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for those over 60 is also available. During The Boat Show, general admission will be $12, with children under 12 admitted free. 

    Expanded to the second level of the convention center, The Hartford Boat Show will cover 170,000 square feet of boats, exhibits, seminars, demonstrations, accessories and destinations, representing every aspect of boating in Connecticut’s sound, lake and river communities.   

    Evinrude is the Official Sponsor of the 2016 Harford Boat Show. The CT Buick GMC Dealers are the Official Vehicle; Helly Hansen, the Official Apparel, and NBC Connecticut, the Official Media supporters of the event, with all adding their own excitement to The Show. 

    Evinrude will be offering a special Evinrude E‐TEC “Choose More, Save More” winter sales incentive event at The Show and through the winter. 

    Buick GMC vehicles will flank the convention center lobby area, spotlighting their towing capabilities, being paired with one of the boat lines featured at The Show.   

    This will be the first year for Helly Hansen as the Official Apparel Sponsor, who will outfit the entire Show Crew in its collection, including vests and pullovers. 

    NBC CT’s on‐air personality, First Alert Meteorologist Kaitlyn McGrath will present a special Weather App Demonstration on Saturday, January 30. 

    “The industry is optimistic about 2016 – with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently releasing data that indicates that new power boat sales are on a multi‐year rise with pre‐ recession levels on the horizon, and that a six to eight percent growth is anticipated in 2016,” cited Kathleen Burns, Executive Director, CMTA.   

    In addition to the show’s sponsors, Shore Side Docks is supporting a Paddler’s Paradise Demo Pool, a 612 square foot area which will feature a full schedule of demonstrations of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and special paddling activities for adults and children. The Annapolis School of Seamanship is partnering with The Hartford Boat show to provide a full schedule of seminars and workshops which will educate mariners and soon‐to‐be mariners of all levels. Radio stations WDRC‐FM, WPLR‐FM and WFOX‐ FM are joining forces to host a Boat Row Happy Hour with live music, refreshment specials and radio remote broadcasts on the evening of Friday, January 29. 

    Over 25 new exhibitors are joining The 2016 Hartford Boat Show, including Tracker Marine Boat Center/Bass Pro Shops, Budsin Electric Boats, Mystic River Paddle Board Company, Dockside Electronics, Paddleworks@Harborside Marina, Farmer’s Insurance and the Boat Locker. In addition, nine long‐term exhibitors have expanded their exhibit space to bring in new lines. 

    The Hartford Boat Show will be open January 28, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm; January 29, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; January 30, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; and  January 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit www.hartfordboatshow.com for additional information. 

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    About The Hartford Boat Show: Now in its 47th year, the Hartford Boat Show features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards in addition to fishing gear and tackle, marinas and boatyards, other marine services and boating accessories.  Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) the show is open to the public January 28‐31, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center, and will feature over 125 exhibitors, 250 boats and watercraft, as well as educational seminars and demonstration areas.  www.hartfordboatshow.com 

    About Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA): The CMTA is a not‐for‐profit trade association representing boating and related marine industries throughout Connecticut, from the Long Island Sound to the state’s rivers and lakes. Founded in 1954, the CMTA has over 300 member businesses and is dedicated to the well‐being of the industry by promoting the interests of recreational boating, improving industry conditions, monitoring legislative and regulatory issues, and advancing boating education throughout the state.  www.boatct.com 

    (Editor’s Note: Past Show photos, sponsor logos and background materials available upon request. Kathleen Burns is available for interview. For additional information, contact Diane Greco at 914‐666‐ 4150 or tactixdg@verizon.net)

  • Thursday, December 10, 2015 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    HARTFORD BOAT SHOW RETURNS IN JANUARY EXPANDING TO FILL CONVENTION CENTER

    47th Annual Show to Feature A New Level of Excitement.

    Over 200 Boats, Plus Events for the Industry, Retirees, and Families.

    ESSEX, CT – DECEMBER 10, 2015 – The Hartford Boat Show, powered by Evinrude, will dock at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, January 28 through January 31, 2016. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), the Show will feature over 125 exhibitors and 200 boats and watercraft. The 47th annual event has expanded and in 2016 will now cover two floors of the Convention Center.

    “Moving back to our former dates in late January puts the Boat Show between the playoffs and the Super Bowl. It’s perfect timing for our exhibitors and the visitors who are looking to plan their spring and summer water activities and purchases,” said Kathleen Burns, Executive Director, CMTA.

    In addition to Evinrude being the Official Sponsor of the 2016 Harford Boat Show, The CT Buick GMC Dealers are the Official Vehicle; and Helly Hansen, the Official Apparel supporters of the event. Products being exhibited at the show include boats, jet skis, personal watercraft, paddle sports, kayaks, marinas, motors, slip rentals, servicing, fishing gear and tackle, educational programs and materials, insurance, trailers, electronics, sanitation, air conditioning, real estate, attire, nautical home décor, decking, dock building, winter storage, and financing.

    “Now that we have expanded the show to the second level of the convention center, we have the opportunity to include more demonstration areas and special activities, and to expand the merchandise exhibited, to feature more sail and paddle sports, as well as a broader range of power and fishing boats,” Burns continued.

    Thursday, January 28 has been designated as Industry Day at the Show with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 3:45 pm. An industry career fair, CMTA scholarship award ceremony and live demonstrations in the Paddler’s Paradise Pool highlight the day, with the show open 4:00 pm to 9:00pm.

    Friday, January 29 is Senior Skip(‘rs) Day, and a discounted ticket price of $8 for those over 60 will be offered from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. In addition, the evening will feature a Boat Row Happy Hour. Show hours are 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    Saturday, January 30 is Sizzling Saturday at the Hartford Boat Show, with special events scheduled to spotlight new products, and hot topics in boating. Show hours are 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

    Family Fun will be the focus on January 31 with activities scheduled to include a Kid’s Monster Mural and appearances by specially costumed characters and photo opportunities. Show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    The Show has already kicked off its Best in Boating Photo Contest, with entries being accepted through December 31, 2015. Fan favorites will be voted on at the Show, with awarding being made on January 31 for Best Family Fun, Best Boating Fun and Most Picturesque. Photos may be submitted to photos@HartfordBoatShow.com, on FaceBook @CMTAboating, or Twitter @CTMarineTrades.

    Ticket sales for The Hartford Boat Show open on December 15 at www.hartfordboatshow.com. General admission is $12, with children under 12 admitted free. Pre‐show online tickets are $10 and a new two day pass is being introduced at $18 which will allow access to the show any two days.

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    About The Hartford Boat Show: Now in its 47th year, the Hartford Boat Show features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards in addition to fishing gear and tackle, marinas and boatyards, other marine services and boating accessories. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) the show is open to the public January 28‐31, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center, and will feature over 125 exhibitors, 200 boats and watercraft, as well as educational seminars and demonstration areas. www.hartfordboatshow.com

    About Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA): The CMTA is a not‐for‐profit trade association representing boating and related marine industries throughout Connecticut, from the Long Island Sound to the state’s rivers and lakes. Founded in 1954, the CMTA has over 300 member businesses and is dedicated to the well‐being of the industry by promoting the interests of recreational boating, improving industry condition, monitoring legislative and regulatory issues, and advancing boating education throughout the state. www.boatct.com.

    (Editor’s Note: Past Show photos and background materials available upon request. Kathleen Burns is available for interview. For additional information, contact Diane Greco at 914‐666‐4150 or tactixdg@verizon.net)

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:19 AM | Anonymous

    Nominations are open for The Jeanne Czel Person of the Year Award, The Most Prestigious Award CMTA bestows

    In memory of our dear friend, Jeanne Czel, the award founded in 2014 recognizes a member who goes above and beyond in assistance of others. The award which hangs proudly beneath a stunning rendering of Jeanne at CMTA HQ, is captioned with a quote from Booker T. Washington.

    “If you want to lift yourself up, then lift up someone else…”

    Do you know that person?

    The qualifications are simple. They are a CMTA Member, position doesn’t matter…

    owner to dock attendant, advocate to assistant.

    Jeanne touched us all, and in her honor, we recognize those that make our world better. Please submit your nominations today. Please include the following:

    Name, Company, Title, Why?

    Nominations close November 1st.  Please submit to CMTA, 20 Plains Road, Essex, CT  06426 / email:  kathleen@ctmarinetrades.org / fax 860-767-3559.

    Thank you.


  • Monday, June 08, 2015 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Essex, CT – The Connecticut Marine Trades Association announced today its partnership with Discover Boating and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in offering the first of its kind On-Water Skills Training Courses.  The workshops will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Westbrook Marine Center and is being sponsored by Atlantic Outboard and American Boating Services, a TowBoat US Services affiliate.

    “Nothing beats hands on experience to improve boating skills and ultimately boating safety”, said Kathleen Burns, CMTA Executive Director.  “This event has been hosted around the country and we are excited to help organize what we hope will be the first in series of boating skills training classes for our novice and more advanced boating public”.

    This event will take place during Westbrook Marine & Atlantic Outboard’s annual Westbrook Inshore Open Fishing tournament.  It is free, but reservations are recommended as space is limited.

    Working with the CT DEEP’s Boating Division and the curriculum developed by the National Marine Manufacturers Discover Boating Program, licensed Captains will teach two different hour-long on-water workshops that will cover basic close quarters maneuvering, advanced docking and precision control.  An on-land class for the “first mate” will cover things like docking and undocking maneuvers, line handling and more.

    Atlantic Outboard of Westbrook will provide two boats for classes that will be held on water at 10, 12 and 2 with the on-land courses happening simultaneously for junior skippers and first mates.

    Event Details

    Where: Westbrook Marine Center

    533 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT

    When: Saturday, June 27th 10 am – 4 pm

    On-Water 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00

    On-Land 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00

    Cost: No Charge

    Reservations:    Highly Recommended.  To reserve contact either Westbrook Marine Center or CMTA

    CMTA - 860.767.2645 or info@ctmarinetrades.org or

    WMS - 860.399.8467 or Tasha@westbrookmarinecenter.com

    The Connecticut Marine Trades Association is a professional group of marine and marine-related business working in unison to protect and promote the recreational boating industry.

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:15 AM | Anonymous

    The Connecticut Marine Trades Association Recognizes Officers in Kayak Rescue

    Essex, CT – The Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) presented Westbrook Marine Patrol Boat Officers, Larry Merrill and Dave Russell with Certificates of Appreciation in a recent ceremony aboard their patrol boat in the wake of their rescue of Luis Martin on May 7th following a wide-spread search for the over-due kayaker.

    Marin, 25 of Broadbrook, CT properly advised friends of his “float plan” on the chilly May day telling them he planned to return no later than 3:00 pm from his solo paddle out to the islands and back.  His friends alerted State Police when he had not yet returned by 5:30 pm.

    A search and rescue ensued including emergency personnel from Westbrook, Old Saybrook, the United States Coast Guard and the State’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection utilizing a grid search pattern.

    Nearly three hours into the effort, with failing light and dropping temperatures, Merrill & Russell decided upon another pass near Long Sand Shoal.  As Merrill stepped around the boat’s center console windshield he noticed a colored object in the water and headed to investigate and found Mr. Martin, wearing “his life-jacket, calm and bear hugging the kayak”, said Merrill.

    According to the two officers, Mr. Martin, somehow had tipped the boat during his paddle, but was lucky because he had followed two key fundamental safety procedures:  Filed a Float Plan with friends and wore his life-jacket. 

    CMTA recognizes the efforts Officers Merrill and Russell and applaud their “above and beyond” efforts to locate the stranded paddler.  

    As we enter the height of the boating season, CMTA shares this important story to illustrate the importance of always following proper safety protocols. 

    ·         File a float plan, let people know travel plans, destinations and times of arrival
    ·         Always have proper safety gear and personal flotation devices at the ready
    ·         Know what to do and who to call  in case of an emergency
    ·         Be prepared

    Have fun on the water this summer.  Make it even more fun, by being educated, prepared and safe.

    The Connecticut Marine Trades Association is a professional group of marine and marine-related business working in unison to protect and promote the recreational boating industry.


    From L.  Officer Larry Merrill, Amy Clark, CMTA, Tracy Diacetis, CMTA, Officer Dave Russell, Kathleen Burns, CMTA

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