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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the American Boat and Yacht Council, the Los Angeles Boat Show and the Strictly Sail Pacific Show.

The American Boat and Yacht Council is holding a marine systems certification class March 15-18 at Massasoit Community College in Canton, Mass.

The four-day course will draw key information from 21 ABYC standards as they apply to boat component selection and installation.

Best industry practices will be part of what a certified technician will be expected to know in regard to potable water systems, wastewater systems, tanks, plumbing, electrical installation, system monitoring, compressed gas systems for cooking and heating, hydraulic systems, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and pump systems.

Each student is shipped a study guide upon registration. The class concludes with a 200-question certification exam.

The registration fees are $885 for members and $1,150 for non-members.

For information, contact Cris Gardner at or (410) 990-4460, Ext. 33.

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The Los Angeles Boat Show, sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California, celebrates its 55th anniversary March 17-20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

"The four-day format promises to be jam-packed with fun and activities for the whole family at family-friendly prices. We're excited to be featuring the latest innovations in the boating industry, with more boats and more brands than ever before," Dave Geoffroy, executive director of the Southern California Marine Association, the show's organizers, said in a statement.

Highlights of the 2011 show include:

  • The debut of Nordic Boats USA's hottest new high-performance boats, including a 43-foot Flat Deck Cat with Mercury Racing 1350s and a 28-foot Coupe with a Teague 800
  • A chance to win a new Harris Floteboat 240 Sunliner in the Hipp Marine "Crack The Safe" contest
  • A chance to win a 2011 Regal 1900 Sport Boat (valued at $43,000) and other great prizes at the Newport Boats display
  • A Dolphin concept boat that dives out of the water and completely submerges by 10 feet
  • Free kayaking lessons from Cobra Kayaks and Action Watersports

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The Strictly Sail Pacific Show returns April 14-17 to Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif.

This year's show centers on hands-on events and on-the-water demonstrations. Exhibits will be set up in the newly expanded pavilion and on the water.

"Strictly Sail Pacific is an exciting chance for longtime enthusiasts and newcomers alike to get on the water, experience the thrill of sailing and see all that this wonderful pastime has to offer," Sail America executive director Jonathan Banks said in a statement. "With never-before-seen sailing products from top suppliers all over the world, a collection of exquisite sailboats and a fun, engaging lineup of special programming this will be an unparalleled event for anyone interested in sailing."

Highlights of the show include:

  • America's Cup: The oldest trophy in sports will be on display. Celebrate the Cup's historic return to American waters, meet the team and hear the latest news about the 34th America's Cup, which will be held on San Francisco Bay in 2013.
  • The Small Boat Zone: Featuring the show's smallest, splashiest and speediest boats, the zone will offer a mix of one-design classes, class associations, active fleets and yacht clubs.
  • Discover Sailing: a fun and easy introduction to sailing. Budding enthusiasts can sign up for a free 45-minute sail on the bay with an experienced captain. For those looking to improve their skills, the Discover Sailing Learning Center will feature free two-hour sailing lessons that cover courses ranging from sailing basics to advanced boat handling.
  • Kids' Programming and Fun Zone: youth sailing activities, free sailing classes on the Schooner Seaward and a Fun Zone where small children can blow off some steam.

The event also will feature special appearances by some of sailing's famous faces. Zac Sunderland will take members of the media aboard his boat, The Intrepid, for sails along the Bay. Abby Sunderland will appear on April 17.

A V.I.P. Preview Night for boat dealers and builders is being planned for April 15.



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