Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the American Boat and Yacht Council, the Central Florida Boat Show, the Los Angeles Boat Show and the MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show.

The American Boat and Yacht Council is presenting a webinar at 1 p.m. (EST) Jan. 26 on "New Battery Technology, Are We Protected," with Ed Sherman.

This webinar will look specifically at what we know today related to high current battery banks and outline the issues related not only to the potential fault current if one of these battery banks were to short-circuit, but also the effect of higher DC operating voltages on over-current protection devices available today.

For information, contact Sandy Brown at or (410) 990-4460, Ext. 43.

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Central Florida's marine dealers are anticipating bigger crowds and more sales during the 44th annual Central Florida Boat Show, which runs Feb. 3-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Hundreds of boats, marine engines and related accessories and services will be on display. The show also will feature family entertainment, including fishing and kids zones.

"After all this area's marine dealers have weathered the last few years, it's encouraging to see real signs of improvement on the horizon," said Roy Parker, president of the Central Florida Marine Trade Association and owner of Parker Boats, in a statement. "The Central Florida Boat Show has always offered tremendous opportunities for dealers in Central Florida to connect with the area's strong base of devoted boating enthusiasts. But that's never been more true than now."

The Central Florida Boat Show is the longest-running dealer-owned-and-operated event, sponsored by The Central Florida Marine Trade Association.

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The 55th annual Los Angeles Boat Show is set for March 17-20.

"We are thrilled with the lineup of boats, marine accessories and entertainment features that are coming together for the 2011 Los Angeles Boat Show," said Dave Geoffroy, executive director of show producer Southern California Marine Association, in a statement.

"It's no secret that the economy wreaked havoc on the marine industry over the last couple of years and the rebound from that continues, but no show producer understands the industry better than one who is owned by the dealers and manufacturers like SCMA is," he added. "The fact is that more boats have been sold at the L.A. Boat Show over the last 10 years than at all other Southern California shows combined."

Highlights of the show include:

  • "Tales from the Bering Sea" with Russell Newberry, star deck boss from the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch."
  • Swampmaster Alligator Show, with live performances and educational exhibits with Jeff Quattrocchi.
  • "Dolphin" submersible on display.
  • Hooters wing-eating contest and appearance by the Hooters Girls.

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The Marina Recreation Association issued a call for presentations for the 40th annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show, set for Nov. 1-3.

Presenters interested in being part of this year's conference are encouraged to submit their proposals for consideration. The association offers two days of wide-ranging seminars for its members, as well as others related to the marina industry, including boatyards and government agencies.

Seminars run one to two hours.

Presenting at the association's Educational Conference and Trade Show provides an opportunity to reach hundreds of marina industry professionals from the Western states, Baja California and Hawaii.

Presentations must be submitted no later than Jan. 14. Submissions must be received via e-mail at and must include the title of the presentation, a brief overview of the subject matter and an outline.

Presenters will be notified of their status no later than Feb. 25.


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