About NMTA

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) is the country’s largest regional marine association. Founded in 1947 to fight a proposed special tax on boaters, the Association quickly expanded its vision of a unified industry by pitching a tent on the shores of Lake Union and producing the first ever Seattle Boat Show. Today the NMTA has over 600 member businesses from across the United States that include: boat, motor, trailer and marine accessory manufacturers, dealers and brokers, marinas, boatyards, and businesses that provide all types of services to recreational boaters and anglers. NMTA members have access to the NMTA Health Trust, Seattle Boat Show, Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show, Northwest Marina & Boatyard Conference, Superyacht Northwest, and direct NMTA advocacy work in Olympia and Washington, D.C.


The mission of the Northwest Marine Trade Association shall be to promote the growth of recreational boating and the businesses of the NMTA membership.


  • The direction of the Association comes from its members.
  • There is fair and equitable recognition of members.
  • The Association fosters an environment that encourages participation by its members.
  • The Association is strategic in its planning, thinking and actions.
  • The Association applies a dedicated approach to prioritizing and resolving common issues that affect its members.
  • The Association works constructively with other groups in pursuit of its mission statement.
  • The Association acts with transparency and integrity in conducting its business.
  • The Association is non-partisan.

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