Shows and Events


This roundup of shows and events includes news from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the American Boat and Yacht Council, the 2011 Tampa Boat Show, United States Yacht Shows Inc. and the Lake Havasu Boat Show.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is holding its 52nd annual conference Sept. 10-14 in Milwaukee, and those who register for the conference before Friday will receive a discounted registration rate, the association said.

This year’s conference will feature a talk about the industry’s commitment to boating safety from Dustan McCoy, chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corp., as well as general sessions featuring Chris Chabris, author of “The Invisible Gorilla and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us”; Coast Guard Capt. Mark Rizzo, providing an update on the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety and the National Recreational Boating Safety Program; and Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, discussing the partnership between the Coast Guard and NASBLA.

Breakout sessions on the last day of the event will allow attendees to further explore in-depth topics such as the team approach to successful grants, marketing in lean times, Canadian vessel registration, tactical uses of thermal imaging, maximizing an optimal budget, boating accident data, e-tickets, implementing the new standardized field sobriety tests, mandatory life jacket wear and building successful relationships.

“NASBLA is thrilled with the quality of speakers and exhibitors that are participating during the conference in Milwaukee. The diversity of the sessions offered this year will provide attendees with tangible information that they will be able to apply directly to their everyday work environment,” executive director John Johnson said in a statement.

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The American Boat and Yacht Council added a third electrical course to its September schedule, which runs Sept. 6-8 in Seattle.

“Marine industry professionals’ robust interest in the Basic Marine Electrical Course has made it necessary for ABYC to add a third class to the already busy fall schedule,” ABYC said in a statement. “The new class addition, too, is filling fast.”

The three-day basic marine electrical course is designed for the marine professional who is an electrical novice with minimal or no electrical experience. Topics include basic theory, alternators, battery charger and bonding. AC & DC standards are covered in detail, as well as troubleshooting practices.

To register, call Kevin Ritz at (503) 543-9777 or the ABYC office at (410) 990-4460.

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In addition to hundreds of boats and marine accessories for sale and daily on-the-water education, the 2011 Tampa Boat Show will offer a chance to meet the stars of the Discovery Channel’s hit series “Deadliest Catch.”

During a three-day appearance, Jake and Josh Harris, sons of the late Capt. Phil Harris and deckhands on the Cornelia Marie, will meet and greet fans and tell behind-the-scenes tales about the life of a crab fisherman on the waters of the Bering Sea.

The appearances are scheduled for Sept. 9-11 at the Tampa Convention Center.

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United States Yacht Shows Inc. and BoatUS announced the renewal of their boat show sponsorship agreement for 2011.

For the last several years, BoatUS has been a premier sponsor of the United States Sailboat Show, set for Oct. 6-10, and the United States Powerboat Show, set for Oct. 13-16. Both are held in Annapolis, Md.

The sailboat show is in its 42nd year and the powerboat show is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The partnership agreement includes a comprehensive promotional campaign targeting the association’s membership through BoatUS Magazine, the monthly eLine membership newsletter, and e-mail.

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The Lake Havasu Boat Show will start a new era in 2012 when show operations, management and marketing become the responsibility of Media Direction, a 32-year-old marine industry advertising, public relations and event promotions company based in Southern California.

“Our association started the boat show in 1991 and has guided its success for the past 20 years, something we're all very proud of. It was the unanimous decision of our board of directors and the desire of many exhibitors, however, that this boat show needs to continue growing and be taken to another level,” Jim Salscheider, the Lake Havasu Marine Association’s executive director, said in a statement.

The boat show is scheduled for April 20-22, 2012, just prior to the Desert Storm event. By combining these two events into one continuous nine-day boating extravaganza, boaters from all parts of the country will be encouraged to make an extended stay in the area.

“For the past several years, the Lake Havasu Boat Show has bucked a general trend of boat show decline across the country with impressive increases in attendance and exhibitor participation,” Media Direction founder and president Bob Brown said in a statement. “I commend the Lake Havasu Marine Association for its commitment and efforts to present a first-class boat show for the benefit of the local marine industry and Lake Havasu City. Now it's my responsibility to build upon this solid foundation and deliver an even better product in the future.”


A Record Q2 for Brunswick

With strong global demand in all its business segments, Brunswick Corp. reported another stellar quarter, posting a 57 percent jump in net sales.

OneWater Adds PartsVu

The online marketplace for marine parts, accessories and electronics posted $25 million in sales over the last year.

Groupe Beneteau Updates Revenue Forecasts, More

The builder saw gains in its boat and luxury-home sectors and made several acquisitions, including a majority stake in Dream Yacht Group.

Golden Manufacturing Expands

The fabricator of aluminum boat lifts and aluminum and concrete floating docks adds 18,000 square feet to its Fort Myers, Fla., headquarters.

GetMyBoat Takes You to the Movies

The boat rental marketplace site teams with Disney’s Jungle Cruise for a contest to win a boat trip or movie tickets.

ConMar Adds to Sales Team

The manufacturers’ representatives add industry vet Brain Steele.

Will Canada Reopen to Boaters?

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