BOSTON - The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) recently relaunched its Stay Local Boat MA Transient Boater Referral Program with 14 marinas already enrolling at this early date. Now in its 6th year, this reciprocal program encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates. For as little as $50 to $200, participating marinas are given a discount card to hand to every customer as well as logo placement on two websites: www.staylocalboatma.com and www.boatma.com, especially highly trafficked thanks to MMTA hosting tide charts as well as being the go to website for all things Massachusetts boating.
Designed to promote the concept of “vacationing at home”, the Stay Local program keeps boating-related tax dollars local while rewarding customer loyalty and promoting each participating facility. Stay Local is mutually beneficial to participating facilities and their customers. “Boaters with discount cards are inspired to navigate the Massachusetts coast and explore destination marinas along the way, while at the same time saving money," stated program founder Randall Lyons, Business Manager of Newburyport Marinas.
Although program enrollment is ongoing, new this year is a May 1st printing deadline. If participants want their facility names on the discount cards, they must enroll by May 1st. The purpose of implementing the printing deadline is to allow participants to receive the cards earlier than years past. Given this past winter, boaters should be readier than ever to get on the water!
MMTA thanks the following Massachusetts destination marinas for keeping boating local by enrolling in the 2014 Stay Local Boat MA program: Brewer Plymouth Marine; Cape Ann's Marina and Resort of Gloucester; Captain's Cove Marina of Quincy; Constitution Marina of Boston; Crystal Cove Marina of Winthrop; Green Harbor Marina of Marshfield; Hingham Shipyard Marinas; Kingman Yacht Center of Cataumet; Manchester Marine; Moby Dick Marina of Fairhaven; Newburyport Marinas; Parker’s Boatyard of Cataumet; Scituate Harbor Marina; and Steamboat Wharf Marina of Hull.
“The 2014 Stay Local program is already comprised of diverse cruising destinations with top notch service facilities. We are excited to see the program grow even more this year as potential participants realize the incredible value the Stay Local program offers,” stated Tom Cox, President of Constitution Marina.
For MMTA member and nonmember costs and other details visit www.boatma.com or www.staylocalboatma.com. Rules and regulations vary by location and blackout dates may apply. Discounts cannot be combined with others and the program is limited to marina customers.