Frequently Asked Questions
Where Do I Get Information About Boat Registration Issues?
For information on registering your boat in Massachusetts please visit - https://www.mass.gov/boat-registration
Does Massachusetts Law Require That Boaters Take Safety Courses?
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. Any Opportunities?
Workforce development within the recreational boating industry in Massachusetts remains a top priority for the MMTA and our educational trust. For more information on job availability, our educational partner school and potential training scholarships please visit – www.massboatingcareers.com or contact MMTA Executive Director Randall Lyons at Randall@boatma.com
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.
For more information on joining the MMTA please visit - https://www.boatma.com/mmtajoin.html