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Massachusetts trade group forms youth boating task force

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association formed a youth boating task force composed of association members.

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association formed a youth boating task force composed of association members who know that the majority of boaters are an aging population.

The focus of the task force is to create opportunities statewide for youths to access boating experiences to lay the groundwork for the boating lifestyle and inspire careers in the recreational marine trades.

The MMTA Youth Boating Task Force is the initiative of association director and third vice president Randall Lyons, business manager of Newburyport Marinas.

Since he launched the Merrimack River Kids Boating Task Force among North Shore businesses, Lyons has been a guest speaker at a Recreational Boating Leadership Council meeting in Washington, D.C., and has become one of the council’s newest members.

“We are excited to support the Massachusetts marine-related businesses from within the association with the goal of getting more kids on the water,” Lyons said in a statement. “Our association seeks to encourage other trade groups around the country to follow suit as we all look to grow the boating industry for many generations to come.”

The MMTA's board embraced the idea of a task force when Lyons presented it. As business owners and operators working within a brief boating season, members value the connections they make with generations of boaters from the same families.

The task force will brainstorm ideas to build Massachusetts youth boating programs and help increase boating access in general for children.

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