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Connecticut Marine Trades Association

  • A trade organization advocating for businesses involved in recreational boating in Connecticut
  • Legislative advocacy as well as educational services
  • Networking opportunities include an annual boat show


Founded in 1954 as a way to foster collaboration among Connecticut’s recreational boating companies, the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) conducts legislative advocacy on issues that affect the state’s boaters and waterways. The organization also hosts an annual boat show as well as educational and workforce training programs.

Who’s it for?

Any business involved in marine trades or recreational boating.


To bring cohesiveness to a statewide network of small businesses and independent contractors in Connecticut’s marine trades.

Resources & Services


CMTA offers resources such as a jobs board, news feed, portal for advocacy campaigns, and information on boating laws and safety. It is also the managing organization of Connecticut’s Clean Marina Program, which assists boatyards and marinas in voluntarily meeting environmental compliance and following best practices.


Educational programs and scholarships are available through CTMA.

Hartford Boat Show

Each January, CTMA holds this event to showcase the products and services of the state’s marinas, boat dealers, services, and more. This is an excellent networking opportunity for those in the marine trades industry, and special events are held regularly during the show.


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