Where Do I Get Information About Boat Registration Issues?
In Massachusetts the Office of Environmental Police’s Boat,
Recreation Vehicle and Snowmobile Registration Division handles
all boat registration matters. The website is http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dle/elereg.htm.
This site will provide you with contact information and other
Can I Register My Boat Online?
In many situations you can register online. The aforementioned
website has information to help you determine if you are eligible
to do so.
Does Massachusetts Law Require That Boaters Take Safety
Currently the MA Legislature is considering Mandatory Boater
Education legislation, but at this time Boat Massachusetts “addresses
fundamental safety concepts and emphasizes the operator's legal
and ethical responsibilities. It targets the boating novice, especially
young boaters (12 through 15 years of age), who are required by
state law to complete such a course in order to operate a motorboat
without adult supervision. Additionally, safety and legal demonstrations
are offered to groups of boaters, snowmobile riders, and all-terrain-vehicle
users, with programs tailored to a group's particular needs. The
Bureau informs and educates the public through the development
of media campaigns designed for TV, radio, and the print media,
in addition to attending trade shows and public events with its
safety exhibit. The Bureau is also responsible for the investigation
of all motorboat and recreational vehicle accidents that cause
substantial property damage, serious injuries, or fatalities.”
Can MMTA Assist Me With A Boat Repair Issue?
The MA Marine Trades Association assists the general public by
providing information on and advocating for navigational freedom.
The Association website, www.boatma.com, lists all our members
and the services and locations they provide, as well as Massachusetts
tide charts, and news about various other boating related events
and opportunities (ie: National Marina Day, www.StayLocalBoatMA.com).
MMTA does not, however, intervene on behalf of individual boaters
in relation to a service or purchase issue. Our members apply
and are approved by a diverse, committed, all-volunteer Board
of Directors from throughout the Commonwealth. Applications are
not approved without the support of a solid sponsor and a positive
reputation within the boating industry.
I Am Interested In A Career Change to the Marine Trades.
MMTA is deeply involved in expanding marine technical training
opportunities, as the industry is in serious need of growing a
skilled employee pool to fill countless year-round, full-time,
well-paying jobs. Efforts to expand marine technical training
opportunities are well underway on the North Shore of MA and several
high schools already offer marine trades training.
Currently the most comprehensive marine technical basic training
in place in MA is a 350 hour course held at Massasoit Community
College, Canton Campus. There are three semesters to the entire
course, beginning in September and ending the following May. The
class is held evenings and Saturdays in order to complement students’
full-time employment schedules.
Can I Be Placed On The MMTA Mailing List?
Not unless you are a member in good standing. MMTA is comprised
of member-businesses, not individual boaters. Our email distribution
list is reserved for members only, as often times the Association
is asked for access to our mailing list (which is not made available
under any circumstances) by non-member marine businesses. MMTA
members make a financial commitment each year to this non-profit
to maintain and grow the MA marine trades and to receive members-only
benefits, which include being a part of our distribution list.