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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the New England Boat Show, the Association of Marine Technicians and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

The 55th annual New England Boat Show takes place Feb. 26-March 6 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

With 18 new powerboat manufacturers in its lineup and more than 500 boats for sale, the 2011 New England Boat Show invites attendees to board and compare boat options side by side at competitive bargains, find exclusive show specials and see one-of-a-kind innovations, organizers said.

The show's first Sailfest features the latest in sailing for racers and pleasure cruisers. Boats on display range from 8 to 45 feet from more than 20 manufacturers. Also on hard are more than 100 booths of sailing-related products, schools and services.

Show-goers can enter for the chance to win an 8-foot Zodiac Inflatable with a 2.5-hp Yamaha, valued at $2,355, and a $200 gift certificate to Boat Name Gear.

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AMTECH, the Association of Marine Technicians, is offering its next series of workshops at the end of March. All courses take place at the North Atlantic Marine Services facility in Wareham, Mass.

March 21: CDI's ignition troubleshooting workshop is an opportunity to learn about outboard electronic ignitions that range from early battery CD ignitions to the advanced systems used today.

March 22: The EFI sensors and testing workshop offers the basics of fuel-injection systems for inboards and outboards. The workshop concentrates on the function and testing of sensors.

March 23: Diagnostic equipment workshop offers hands-on experience diagnosing problems using techniques such as engine diagnostic analyzers, acoustic equipment, thermal imaging and other advanced methods.

March 31-April 1: HVAC has become a seasonal cash flow service and this 16- hour workshop offers real-world problems and techniques to troubleshoot these systems.

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Australia's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is set for May 19-22 at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, Australia.

As at mid-February, the show had attracted more than 280 confirmed exhibitors and more than 20 world and Australian marine product releases.

"Sanctuary Cove is on track to reach its traditional large exhibitor tally of more than 400 national and international exhibitors with more than 100 product launches," general manager Sue Thomson said in a statement.

Immediately preceding the show, Superyacht Australia will stage the first Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference on the Gold Coast, which runs May 17-18. The conference will provide an overview of key global markets, and in particular how Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific can work together to drive more business for the region.

World powerboat launches include Formula Cruisers' ICON 54C range and Mustang's two-cabin 32 Sports Cruiser. In the sailing sector, Hunter Yachts is debuting the Hunter e36 in the Australian market.

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