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This roundup of upcoming industry events includes news from the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The Florida Yacht Brokers Association will host two seminars in August.

"We've noted an increase in brokerage activity," FYBA chief executive Bob Saxon said in a statement. "These seminars always add useful tools for our brokers and enable them to stay ahead of the game."

The FYBA educational charter seminar is set for Aug. 10 at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades Hotel. This daylong seminar, aimed at all those involved in and/or interested in the luxury charter industry, will include sessions on website marketing, social media, the art of negotiation and legal issues affecting charter.

The FYBA's fifth annual West Coast of Florida Listing to Closing and the Law Seminar is set for Aug. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Sponsored by Nelson Hesse and Total Dollar Insurance, this seminar will present a new list of topics, including an update on the impact of the $18,000 Florida boat sales use tax cap, product warranties, yacht loans and more.

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The 2010 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference, taking place Sept. 28-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is once again hosting its seminar series and providing more sessions.

Leading authorities will host 68 educational seminars ranging from composites methods and engineering to marine electrical systems and boatyard operations.

"The IBEX seminar series sets the standard for education in the marine industry, which has become a vital component to our industry's ability to grow and flourish," Professional BoatBuilder magazine publisher and show co-director Carl Cramer said in a statement. "How a company responds to the pressures of our economic environment and stays at the forefront of innovation will define how they emerge. With the addition of the seminars for dealer service and parts managers, IBEX has become a must-attend event for everyone from the manufacturer to the dealer service and parts manager who wants to stay afloat and flourish."

The IBEX 2010 seminar series has 12 professional tracks around the following topics: design and engineering; composites methods and materials; survey and repair; wood and metal; on-board systems; marine electrical systems; boatyard and marina operations; education and training; manufacturing management; and new dealer development for service and parts managers.

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The IBEX 2010 technical seminar program is organized and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the American Boat and Yacht Council, the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, the Marine Industry Training and Education Council and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

In conjunction with this year's seminars, IBEX 2010 will host more than 500 exhibitors and several specialty pavilions and routes including the new MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion; Composite Pavilion; and Evaporative Emissions Solutions Route.

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Hundreds of thousands of boating enthusiasts and marine industry professionals worldwide will come together Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Fort Lauderdale for the 51st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The show is expected to feature more than $3 billion worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boatbuilder across the globe.

The show encompasses more than three million square feet of space, both on land and in water.

The show spans five sites this year with exhibits ranging from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bow riders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes and superyachts.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place this year at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, the Las Olas Municipal Marina, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, and the Broward County Convention Center.

Other activities at the event include marine seminars and youth fishing clinics presented by Hook The Future, a non-profit organization.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and managed and produced by Show Management.

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