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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Spring Boating Expo in Michigan, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association's Summer Symposium and the Marina Recreation Association.

Space sales at the 19th annual Spring Boating Expo, set for March 17-20 in Novi. Mich., are up, according to the Michigan Boating Industries Association, show owners and promoters.

Twenty-five percent more space has been sold this year than at the same time last year.

"We feel the success boat dealers saw at the Detroit Boat Show and the positive news they have been hearing around the country and in Michigan is driving the demand for space at this event," show manager John Ropp said in a statement. "Limited space is still available, but we hope to sell out completely within the next 10 days."

Hundreds of new 2011, 2010 and 2009 model boats for fishing, cruising, skiing and wakeboarding will be at the expo, which will be at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

In addition to boats, the latest boating engines, motors, accessories, services, clothing and gear will be for sale by nearly 100 boating businesses.

The show offers a Discover Boating Center - a comprehensive resource to answer questions and correct common misconceptions. Boats that can be purchased for less than $250 a month will be on display, and experts will be on hand to answer questions or to direct buyers to dealer locations within the show.

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association has opened registration for its third annual Summer Symposium with a new pricing structure designed to allow participants greater flexibility and more savings.

The event, scheduled for July 18-19 in New Bedford, Mass., combines a day of seminars with a boatyard field trip. The association is now offering the field trip as an option, saving symposium attendees $30.

"Our goal is to provide relevant information and networking opportunities to all members of the boatyard, boat repair and service industry," ABBRA president Pam Lendzion said in a statement. "With this new pricing structure we can reach out to more industry professionals and provide an attractive choice for how they spend their time and money."

The symposium will feature content catered to the interest of the boatbuilding, service and repair industry, including panel seminars from industry leaders, attendee-led roundtable discussions on current issues and a keynote presentation.

The optional field trip will include charter bus transportation, private tours of local boatyards and marinas and a group lunch.

Click here for information.

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The Marina Recreation Association is hosting its 40th annual conference and trade show Nov. 1-3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas.

This year's event will include a preconference golf tournament on Nov. 1.

Also new for the conference will be a Clean Marinas program workshop with a step-by-step "How to Become a Certified Clean Marina" seminar, which will include a field trip to a local marina. Other planned seminar tracks are designed to appeal specifically to marina owners, managers and office or dock personnel, as well as boatyards.

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