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This roundup of shows and events includes news from the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and the Newport International Boat Show.

The Florida Yacht Brokers Association will host its sixth annual West Coast of Florida Listing to Closing & the Law seminar Aug. 16 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

The event is sponsored by Nelson Hesse LLP; Total Dollar Insurance and YachtWorld.

Topics will include: marketing in a global economy, the art of negotiating, issues facing brokers in 2011, avoiding misrepresentations and more.

A cocktail reception will follow.

The registration fee is $60 for FYBA members and $150 for non-members. Payment is required prior to the event. CPYBs attending will earn eight credits toward recertification.

For information or to register, contact Randi Myers at (954) 522.9270, or e-mail randi@fyba.org.

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The 41st Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show returns Sept. 15-18.

Traditionally the first national show of this season, this year’s event covers more than 13 acres along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. More than 750 exhibitors are expected to display more than 600 boats, including express cruising yachts, racing sailboats, oceangoing trawlers and a multihull lagoon, plus Down East-style boats, sportfishing boats, runabouts, kayaks, canoes and inflatables.

In addition, there are engines, sails, equipment, safety products and electronics plus thousands of accessories and marine services, as well as seminars, demonstrations and workshops.

Newport For New Products — the official venue for U.S. debuts of new boats and boating products and an industry-wide initiative that recognizes the best boats and products being introduced for the 2012 model year — will once again be presented at the show. 

VIP Day is Sept. 15 with much of the industry press and the trade visiting the show and buyers being treated to special attention by the exhibitors. Special activities are planned and details are available on the show’s website.

This year’s show includes a free Saturday night party. Attendees can stay inside the gates at 6 p.m. and enjoy free pizza, beer and soft drinks at the Lats & Atts Cruiser Party.

Also, a new two-day ticket special will make the show a lower-cost weekend for avid boaters.

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