Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the American Boating Congress, the Marine Industry Cares Foundation and the Korea International Boat Show.

Those registered for the American Boating Congress, set for April 24-25 in Washington, D.C., can take part in a webinar at 11 a.m. (EDT) April 20 to learn about the most important policy issues affecting the industry and how to best communicate them to their legislators during ABC.

The webinar will cover:

• The state of the U.S. marine industry: how economic conditions affect marine jobs, sales and production.

• The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s work in the ongoing debate on the proposed General Management Plan of Biscayne National Park.

• Ethanol policy and the NMMA's ongoing legal challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency.

    In addition to policy overviews, the webinar offers first-time ABC attendees “Hill Visits 101,” addressing what to expect and how to prepare for one-on-one meetings on the Hill.

    Click here to register for the webinar.

    Click here to register for ABC.

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    The Marine Industry Cares Foundation is holding its fourth annual Spin-A-Thon on April 20 at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale.

    This event will benefit two local organizations: the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Kids in Distress. The treatment center is an organization that serves more than 10,000 children with special health care needs in Broward County. Kids in Distress is an agency that works in South Florida to prevent child abuse, preserve the family and treat children who have been abused and neglected.

    Registration begins at noon and spinning will take place from 1-7 p.m.

    Click here to learn more or donate.

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    The fifth annual Korea International Boat Show, which will be held May 30-June 3 at Jeongok near Seoul, is sold out, organizers announced.

    A total of 181 companies — 94 domestic and 87 international — will exhibit at the show.

    “The pattern this year has been for larger space bookings, underlining the quality of the show and the growing confidence in this emerging market,” according to organizers

    With a waiting list of more than 20 companies, special adviser to the show Tim Coventry said, “We are a victim of our own success. The pressure on space created by the growing demand from both home and overseas companies means that we will have to look urgently at a larger facility for 2013.”

    With a speaker lineup led by ICOMIA secretary general Tony Rice, the Asia Industry Conference, set for May 31, will focus on Asia regional briefings. Enterprise conference sessions will also be held during the event.

    Organizers said it is still possible for industry members to visit the event, and “generous travel and accommodation incentives are available to both buyers and investors for three-day visits.”


    Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

    The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

    In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

    The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

    Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

    Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

    Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

    As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

    IBEX Hires Education Director

    Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

    Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

    The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

    X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

    The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.