Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the North American In-Water Boat Show, the American Boat and Yacht Council and the Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show.

The North American In-Water Boat Show, the largest of its kind on the Great Lakes, opens Wednesday and runs through the weekend at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

The 38th annual event will feature many of the newest and biggest boats on the market, all priced to sell before the boating season ends, organizers said.

The show also features an area for boats under $15,000, a brokerage pier, free sailboats rides and a wing-eating contest.

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The American Boat and Yacht Council will host a webinar on "Metallurgical Factors as Part of Corrosion Analysis" from 1-2:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 22.

"This is a fascinating case study that will benefit those in boat and yacht design; production and materials procurement, maintenance and repair, surveyors, marine insurance personnel and the legal community," ABYC president Skip Burdon said in a statement.

According to Ed Sherman, metals fail for many reasons and the composition of metals may be a determining factor when a metal fixture or part fails. In the case to be discussed, Sherman will explain the process that led to a payout by an insurance company and report on the most recent problems with the boat.

The insurance company initially denied the claim for repairs, based on a single lab's findings and the report of a marine surveyor that the insurer employed. After further in-depth analysis, corrosion was determined to be the cause in part by the introduction of other materials in certain bronze fittings and the insurer eventually paid the claim.

Registration for this seminar can be made by contacting Sandy Brown at (410) 990-4460, Ext. 43, or online at the ABYC's website.

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The 31st Annual Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show will be held Jan. 21-23, 2011, at the North Charleston Convention Center.

The region's premier boat dealers will exhibit sport cruisers, motor and express yachts, sportfishing boats, center console fishing boats, bass boats, bowriders, deck and aluminum boats, ski and pontoon boats, runabouts, bay boats, shallow water flat skiffs and family cruisers.

Many of the dealers also will offer special show sales pricing during the event, organizers said.

The show is produced by JBM & Associates.


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Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

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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

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Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

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X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

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