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Ahoy friend and web-surfer --
MTOA Are you a trawler owner or trawler-owner wan-a-be? Do you own a different type of boat but love the trawler lifestyle? MTOA, the Marine Trawler Owners Association, is for you!


NO! When this group started, most of our members owned Marine Traders and MTOA meant Marine TRADER Owners Association. However, "time marches on", and currently, most of our members own other types of trawlers. Some even have sailboats or sport fishing boats! To reflect this change, our Board of Directors, with the overwhelming support of our members, voted to change our name to the Marine Trawler Owners Association. Our group is NOT about a specific brand of boat; it's about friendships, rendezvous, cruising and 'messing' around in boats, and doing it with a Trawler Owners' philosophy and outlook. If that describes you, join us!!

How We Started -

Our not-for-profit, member operated boating club was founded in 1990 by two trawler owners, Captains Mike Creedon and Pete Donnelly. After purchasing Marine Traders and talking to other trawler owners, they thought that getting a group of trawler owners together could be a great idea. So Mike and Pete set out to organize the MTOA and the rest is history.

Interest in the organization was unbelievable right from the beginning. Our association now numbers over 2000 active members, representing over 1000 boats, home ported in 40 different states and several foreign countries. Many of our members do not yet own a boat, but hope to someday.

The goals of the MTOA and its members include the following:
Maintenance and repair problem solving.
Training and education for our captains and first mates.
Ownership and resale of our member vessels.
Activities and social events for our members and guests.
Information exchange and dialogue amongst our membership.
The MTOA magazine, issued quarterly, is stuffed with members' accounts of cruises, problems solved, engine and maintenance tips and other advice. The Member’s Only section of our website contains an online Roster of members, online access to the current and all past magazines and links to other sources of boating information and member’s cruise blogs. Our classified ads let members sell boat equipment as well as the entire boat! Join our Listserv, where you can get quick feedback on the issues that concern you the most, from fuel prices on the ICW to sources for needed equipment and repairs. We have Port Captains all over the country, listed on the website, who will gladly help visiting members with local information, a ride to the grocery and any other needs.

MTOA is a BoatUS partner, which gives our members discounted BoatUS membership and is also a member of Yachting Club of America (YCA).

MTOA holds one National Rendezvous a year.  On odd numbered years, it is held in the Spring, usually in Florida.  On even numbered years, held in the Fall, in Chesapeake Bay.  National Rendezvous are attended by around 150 members, many by boat and others by car.  Recent Rendezvous seminar topics include boat electrical systems, boat heads and odors, weather predicting, navigation electronics, and much more.  

Our Regional groups (New England, Great Lakes, West Coast, Northern Chesapeake, Southern Chesapeake, North Carolina, Northeast Florida and West Coast Florida) hold local gatherings and cruises throughout the year. We're continually adding new Regional groups. It's great to have boating friends everywhere you go!

Browse our website and links. If you decide that our club will improve the joy and satisfaction of being a trawler owner, or even a prospective one, please request a Membership Application, or additional information (include name and address) either via e-mail or via snail-mail to the address below:

MTOA Membership
PMB 1138
411 Walnut Street
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

The cost for joining MTOA is $65.00 US and $77 US for members living outside the United States. Membership is based on the calendar year running from January 1st through December 31st. If you join between July 1st and December 31st your membership will be considered paid for both the current and following year. Upon joining you will receive an email with your membership number and password that you can use to access the website's members only area, which provides online access to all past magazines, our roster and lots of other member services. You will also be invited to participate in our ListServ – our online question/answer forum.

If you would like to join the MTOA, then click here for Member Signup / Information. We'd love to welcome you aboard!

Membership Director