Northwest Marine Trade Association elections

Local Yacht Broker Announces Candidacy for Regional Marine Board
Dan Wood to Promote State as Yacht-Friendly Cruising Destination

SEATTLE, April 25th, 2011 – Dan Wood, current co-owner of Crow’s Nest Yachts Seattle, today announced his candidacy for one of three open seats on the Northwest Marine Trade Association Board of Directors. The NMTA, with more than 660 members, promotes recreational boating and members’ businesses. As a longtime CPYB certified yacht broker, Wood is also a founding board member of the Pacific Northwest Yachting Association, which recently joined up with the NMTA. Wood serves as a spokesperson for the Pacific Northwest Captain’s Association, and is also a State of Florida licensed Yacht Broker.

The NMTA’s legislative priorities this year include expanding the cruising permit, and adopting a sales tax cap, similar to Florida’s successful cap for super yachts. As a member of the NMTA’s Super Yacht Committee, Wood wants to develop policies to make Washington State a yacht-friendly destination, helping to increase the 16,000 local jobs currently linked to boating and boat-building.

“One of my goals is to increase our state’s reputation as one of the best cruising areas in the world,” said Wood. “Bringing in larger yachts by working with the Pilotage Commission, and capping permits and fees on yacht owners will encourage more yachts to visit local waters. Those yacht owners spend money here on provisioning, boatyard repairs and supplies, and that means jobs right here in the Puget Sound area, as well as throughout the state.”

“I think Dan Wood would be an excellent choice for the NMTA Board,” said Captain Charlie Crane, Chairman of NMTA’s Super Yacht committee. “Working with Dan since we first started the Super Yacht association three years ago, he has been involved with membership and pilotage committees. We can always count on Dan to be there at all of the meetings.”

At a time when experience counts, outgoing Board member Greg Allen said, “Dan Wood brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the realm of super yachts, brokerage and the NYBA to the NMTA.”
Wood is also active in the community, as the current President of The Forgotten Children’s Fund, which benefits families in need during the holidays. He also served as an alternate skipper and engineer for five years, fishing king crab in the Bering Sea.

Ballots for the NMTA Board of Trustees are due at the NMTA on June 3rd, 2011.
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