Maryland group launches Web resource for state boaters

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The Marine Trades Association of Maryland, in conjunction with Vantage Strategy Consulting, designed a new Web site to serve as the ultimate resource for boaters.

The new Web site was unveiled Wednesday during the association's 30th annual fall conference in Annapolis.

"Whether you are in need of a major repair or a three-hour tour on the water, this site will be an important one-stop-shop for every boater that visits Maryland," said Susan Zeller, MTAM executive director, in a statement.

The new online guide features an interactive map and business listings assembled by category including repair services, marinas, boat sales locations, and other professional services such as boat insurance. A guide to boat ramps and fuel docks are two of the first applications on the site.

In addition, MarylandBoaters.com partnered with Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Cruising Guide to the Chesapeake to provide content on where boaters can go for fun, fishing and relaxation. There will also be links to tourism sites and navigation information.

To help launch the Web site, MTAM announced a YouTube contest that invites any boater around the world to post video that best describes "What I Like Best About Boating in Maryland." The contest will run through Oct. 15 and submitted videos will air at the annual Annapolis boat shows beginning Oct. 8.

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