NACO, the National Association of Charterboat Operators, was formed in 1991 and now includes a membership of thousands of owners or operators of fishing, sailing, diving, eco-tours, and other excursion vessels carrying passengers for hire. NACO’s objective is to improve the professional charter boat operator's bottom line and to provide a strong voice in Washington, DC.
NACO is a membership driven association proven to be successful because of the shared experiences of the Board of Directors, Executive Team and Regular Membership. NACO’s officers and board members consist of experienced licensed captains, who are actively involved in their local areas.
NACO was formed out of a need to fight costly government regulations that threatened to cripple the charter boat industry. The organization keeps track of issues affecting the industry and NACO officers and board members regularly represents charter operators before Congress and Regulatory Agencies. Over the years NACO has succeeded in saving charter boat operators millions of dollars and prevented excessive, time-consuming and needless reporting.
As a new board member, I plan to lurk in the background initially, assessing the personalities and learning the inner workings of the group. As time progresses, no doubt I'll become more involved and a better representative for charter boat operators in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.
Any NACO members reading this who voted for me: THANKS. The rest of you: WISH ME LUCK!