Northwest industry groups join in promotional efforts

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The Pacific Northwest Yachting Association and the Northwest Marine Trade Association signed a memorandum of understanding that aligns their efforts at promoting boating in the region, the groups announced.

Earlier this year, leaders of both organizations began discussing a collaborative agreement in which the trade association's resources could be used to benefit the large yacht industry while widening the breadth and scope of its promotional and legislative goals.

One of the first steps as part of the new agreement is to create an ad hoc superyacht committee that focuses on many of the yacht group's goals and efforts. Charlie Crane, of Platypus Marine, and the current president of the Pacific Northwest Yachting Association will serve as the committee chairmen.

"There is a tremendous amount of overlap between our two organizations. Taxation, regulation and education are some of the most critical issues for all boating businesses, regardless of vessel size," Northwest Marine Trade Association president George Harris said in a statement.

"We have a staff of eight that works on these issues every day, one of the best business lobbyists in the state, Cliff Webster, and the facilities and systems in place to communicate with members, legislators and the media," he added.

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