Yacht groups form Pacific Northwest alliance


More than a dozen companies and individuals have come together to create the new Pacific Northwest Yachting Association.

The goal of the organization is to further develop the infrastructure for recreational boating in the region. This includes providing vocational training, promoting the region for tourism and business, and lobbying for the industry on legislative and regulatory issues.

“The yacht industry in the Pacific Northwest is one of the most robust in the world,” PNYA president Brooke Stabbert said in a statement. “Nevertheless, we are one of the least recognized areas among yacht owners and crew.”

The PNYA has begun working with educational institutions on programs that train workers for new construction and repair. The association is also trying to set up programs to train crewmembers. A special subcommittee will address issues that involve pilotage laws, customs regulations and tax levies.