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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the American Boat and Yacht Council, the Southeast US Boat Show and the International Marina Institute.

The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering two new webinars.

"Non-Traditional Uses Of Galvanic Isolators" is set for 1 p.m. (EDT) March 23. The session will cover the non-traditional use of the traditional galvanic isolator.

After some basic corrosion theory and galvanic isolator review, the case that prompted the council to use a galvanic isolator in a different application than usual will be discussed. Methodology to install and test a galvanic isolator in this application also will be discussed.

"What We Need To Know About Shipping Used Boats Overseas" is set for 1 p.m. (EDT) April 7.

Anyone thinking about buying or selling a non-CE'd boat or personal watercraft destined for Europe should join this session before signing the sales contract.

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

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An expanded and rechristened Southeast US Boat Show will be held April 15-17 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Formerly known as the Jacksonville Spring Boat Show, it will have more vendors than ever before and family-friendly entertainment, according to organizers.

"My team and I are thrilled about the changes in the show, as are the many new vendors traveling here from greater distances to showcase products and services," CurrentProductions.US producer Jimmy Hill said in a statement.

"The restructuring of the show, now in its 15th year, is better defining this major industry event and representing the boating lifestyle of the entire Southeast region," he added.

A festival as much as a boat show, it includes many activities attuned to the boating lifestyle. Hundreds of new boats and quality brokerage boats will be on display and available for purchase.

The show also features Sailing Showcase East, an annual spring sailing exhibition presented by sailors for sailors.

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The International Marina Institute, a subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries, has scheduled its Fifth Annual Southeast Florida Marina Study Tour for Oct. 26-27.

The tour is a mobile training course that takes participants on exclusive tours of marinas to provide an in-depth look at the operations of different types of facilities in South Florida. At the end of each day, attendees participate in a facilitated roundtable discussion and analysis of each marina before heading to a networking dinner.

"Participants see real value in visiting other facilities and discussing their operations with their peers," IMI training coordinator Kayce Florio said in a statement. "They not only gain new ideas to take back to their own facilities, but they also leave with an understanding of how to accurately evaluate their businesses to make improvements and increase profits."

The 2011 study tour will be based at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek in Fort Lauderdale.


MRAA welcomes new partner member

Marina and marine management software provider DockMaster has become the newest partner member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

Caterpillar to close two facilities

Caterpillar Inc. will close two facilities in Texas and Panama and is considering shutting its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois as part of a strategy to boost profitability and better handle business cycles, according to Reuters.

Brunswick executive honored by Savoy magazine

Danielle Brown, vice president and chief information officer for Brunswick Corp., was recently honored among the "Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America" as chosen by Savoy Magazine, a leading African-American lifestyle publication.