This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the United States Sailboat Show, Sea Sense, the Dubai International Boat Show and the Phuket International Boat Show.
A Couples Cruising Seminar will take place Oct. 9 during the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.
The seminar will give participants the tools needed for couples to safely pursue the cruising lifestyle. Presenters include circumnavigators, captains, ASA instructors, authors, a marine surveyor, a meteorologist and the publisher of Blue Water Sailing magazine.
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Sea Sense is introducing a weeklong passagemaking course aboard trawlers this fall.
"We have met many boaters who, for one reason or another, have not yet gone out the intlet or overnight. This course will give them the knowledge and confidence to take that next step," co-founder Capt. Carol Cuddyer said in a statement.
During the course, participants learn boat handling in the Intracoastal Waterway, the strategy of running inlets, offshore safety and equipment, the filing of float plans and more.
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For the fourth consecutive year, Enterprise Florida will sponsor the Florida Pavilion at the Dubai International Boat Show, which will be held March 1-5, 2011.
Florida has been the only state with group representation at this event through a business delegation, the group said.
"It demonstrates the state's commitment to and support of marine sector efforts to enhance global market exposure and increase exports," said Enterprise Florida senior vice president Manny Mencía, who heads the international trade division.
Past participant Joseph Schneider, international sales director for Deerfield Beach-based Bennett Marine, discussed the value of being introduced to new global markets through Enterprise Florida's program at the Dubai show.
"In addition to the UAE, we have found representation in Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain," he said. "So the show in Dubai was very successful from my standpoint, and I look forward to next year's show. I expect to increase our sales from this area now that I have representation in the various countries and they will have had time to understand our product offerings."
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With just under four months to go, organizers of the Phuket International Boat Show say 2011 looks to be a record year.
The show runs Jan. 6-9, 2011, in Phuket, Thailand.
PIMEX 2011 is the marine and lifestyle exhibition held annually at the Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference Center. Thirty-two yachts have reserved space at the show, which is in its eighth year.
Foreign brands in 2011 will include Sunseeker, Gulf Craft, Formula, Chris-Craft, Princess, Riviera, Pershing, Ferretti, Crownline, Windy Boats, Cranchi, Fairline, Azimuth, Benetti, Sea Ray, De Birs, Northrop & Johnson, Horizon and Mustang.
For sailing enthusiasts, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Lagoon, Fontaine Pajot, Nautors Swan, Bavaria Yachts, Hanse and locally built Andaman Cabriolet will be represented.