MTANJ designates “Bring A Buddy Boating” Week

BRICK, N.J. – The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) has designated July 11-17 as “Bring A Buddy Boating” Week in New Jersey, it reported in a recent statement.

“Bring A Buddy Boating” Week is a weeklong campaign that focuses on encouraging current boaters to bring their friends, coworkers, and others, to participate in special events, open houses, and boating activities at marinas and out on the water.

The initiative was created in 2004 through a collaborative effort among the MTA/NJ, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), New Jersey Department of Transportation Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR), the New Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism and Creative Marketing Alliance.

The goal of the campaign is to increase participation in boating and bring overall awareness to the general public that boating is an easily accessible and fun recreational activity for people to spend time together, travel together, vacation together, and make memories together, according to the association.

The 2004 “Bring a Buddy Boating” Campaign kicked off with simultaneous open houses at marinas, boat dealers and other marine businesses across the entire state. Based on the success of the “Bring A Buddy Boating” day last year, the event was expanded to one full week for 2005. Special events throughout the state will provide boaters and their buddies with lots of opportunities to partake in boating activities and how easy it is to get into boating.

Marine businesses that will be hosting events during “Bring A Buddy Boating” Week to date include: Baywood Marina, Brick; BoatBoy Marine Training, Moorestown; Causeway Marine, Manahawkin; Irwin Marine Center, LLC, Red Bank; Island Marine Center, LLC, Ocean View; Leamings Marina, Waretown; Pier 47 Marina, Wildwood; Sandy Hook Bay Marina and The Original Oyster Restaurant, Highlands; Sheltered Cove Marina, Tuckerton; and Waterfront Marine, Somers Point.

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