Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust Relaunches Online Boat Auction Fundraiser for Second Year

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) is currently running an online fundraiser. The MMTET is auctioning a brand-new 2016 Robalo R160 boat package complete with a 70 HP Yamaha outboard engine and matching trailer. This is the second year the MMTET has held this fundraiser. The auction will run through the final day of the New England Boat Show, Sunday, February 18 with the highest bidder winning the boat package. Last year this fundraiser raised over $20,000 for the educational trust and the hope is that will be the case again this year. For more information on the NE boat show visit

The fundraiser targets two challenges facing the recreational boating market today. First is growing the number of young people active in boating. Second is growing the number of young people pursuing a career in the industry. The MMTET will donate all fundraiser proceeds to two industry-wide initiatives that address these challenges. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to our scholarship fund for students pursuing a career in the boating industry. And, fifty percent will be donated to the association’s KIDS in BOATING initiative, which supports nonprofit youth boating programs in our state. The goal is to get more kids boating in a safe and smart manner while at the same time having fun on the water and enjoying the boating lifestyle.

The boat package was once again generously donated by 3A Marine in Hingham, Mass. ( and Robalo Boats ( Ed Lofgren, owner of 3A Marine, is a very strong boating industry advocate. Ed recognizes that sustaining and growing the future of boating depends on training and educating today’s young people on the industry and all it has to offer.

The MMTET is a nonprofit branch of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association. The educational trust was established in 2003 to promote education, training and workforce improvement within the Massachusetts boating industry. For more information on the auction or to place a bid on the boat package, visit or contact Randall Lyons at 508-221- 1378 or [email protected].

If you do not wish to bid on the boat, you may still donate on this site to the scholarship fund and the KIDS in BOATING initiatives. We appreciate your help in reaching our fundraising goal to support the industry’s future.

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