ABYC plans two hands-on seminars at IBEX

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The American Boat and Yacht Council will use a 35-foot powerboat to conduct an outdoor seminar at IBEX.

The American Boat and Yacht Council will use a 35-foot powerboat to conduct an outdoor seminar at IBEX.

If your class participation grades in school were poor, you have an opportunity to redeem yourself, thanks to American Boat and Yacht Council activities planned for this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.

The ABYC will hold at least two seminars that call for “hands-on active learning,” ABYC president John Adey told Trade Only Today.

First, those who attend the council seminar “Corrosion, Ground Fault Detection and On-Board Diagnostics” will board a 35-foot sportfishing boat where ABYC instructor Kevin Ritz will conduct a complete corrosion survey, Adey said.

“He will show the tools of the trade and how to use them; what parts of the boat look good and what doesn’t; and identify potential corrosion issues on the boat,” Adey said. “It’ll be a really good comprehensive study.”

IBEX has provided the space free to the ABYC, and MarineMax has loaned the council a test boat, Adey said. For the first time, IBEX will have dock space for on-the-water exhibits and demonstrations. The event will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.

“If you really want to train technicians and really want them to learn, you need to give them a hands-on experience,” Adey said. “When you’re sitting in a big audience and listening to a presenter and watching a PowerPoint presentation, you’re definitely going to go home with some good information. But it’s a different story if you get to see the difference between dropping a couple extra pounds of zinc in the water and not dropping a couple pounds of zinc in the water when you’re doing a corrosion survey.”

These situations are typical of what a technician is going to see working in a boatyard, Adey said.

The seminar also will cover electrical troubleshooting related to in-water shock caused by “stray current from the AC side leaking into the water,” Adey said. “Kevin is going to show us some of the tools he has made and how to diagnose ground-wire issues and neutral issues and mis-wiring problems.”

The seminar will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.

The ABYC also has tapped two lawyers to conduct a free question-and-answer session, Adey said. The event is sponsored by the law firms K&L Gates and Reed Smith. Christina Paul (K&L Gates) and Carrie Plater (Reed Smith) will field questions about topics such as product liability, warnings and labels and general liability.

The session will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30.

On the lighter side, the council will host its own rendition of the game show “Jeopardy” with its “ABYC Standards Jeopardy,” Adey said.

“It’ll lighten the mood,” he said. “We’re trying to have a more interactive IBEX this year.”

ABYC technician and former TV weatherman Doug Alling, of Rum-Line Marine Surveyors, will host. One score leader from each day will be awarded an ABYC prize pack. The “Standards Jeopardy” event will be held on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and on Oct. 2 from 1 to 1:30 p.m.