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Shows and Events

This roundup of shows and events includes news from the American Boat and Yacht Council, the International Superyacht Society, Mystic (Conn.) Seaport, Win-Tron Electronics, the Kemah (Texas) Boardwalk Marina and D&G Attractions.

The American Boat and Yacht Council is holding its Diesel Engine & Support Systems Certification class this week at Broward College in Miramar, Fla.

The four-day program is designed for the experienced marine diesel engine technician and is intended to supplement factory-sponsored, engine-specific courses and certifications with an industry-recognized generic certification of knowledge for troubleshooting and engine and drive installations.

The class concludes with a 200-question ABYC certification exam.

Click here to register online.

Other upcoming courses include:

• Electrical Certification Course, Oct. 18-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

• Marine Systems Certification, Oct. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

• Webinar: "Propeller Selection and Sizing,” Nov. 9

Click here for information.

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The International Superyacht Society added panelists to its featured presentation during the society’s annual membership meeting and breakfast on Oct. 26 at the Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale.

The annual meeting is open to ISS members; there is a $25 fee for non-members. However, those who want to become members may apply the ticket value toward their annual membership dues.

The event will begin with an update on MLC 2006 presented by Roger Towner, chief examiner of MCA. Immediately following a report on ISS business, a seminar on social media and the superyacht will take place.

Panelists include: Sarah Bensimon (IGY Marinas), Kathy Kennedy (Ferretti Group), Julie Perry (BlastMedia), Brett Keil (The Maritime Executive); and Scott Lockman (Marsh Private Client Services), with moderator Diane M. Byrne (

Click here for information.

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Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport and local residents are partnering to throw a weeklong celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the 1841 whale ship Charles W. Morgan.

The festivities begin with a free fireworks display over the Mystic River on Oct. 28 and conclude with a day of special Morgan-related activities, demonstrations and a ceremony on Nov. 5.

Mystic Seaport will have free admission that day.

The anniversary is an opportunity to recognize the importance the Charles W. Morgan has had in the development of the museum and the community since the boat was towed up the river on Nov. 8, 1941. It is the last wooden whale ship from the age of sail and is the oldest American commercial vessel still afloat, according to the museum.

“The Charles W. Morgan is not the sole property of Mystic Seaport. She belongs to the American people,” Mystic Seaport president Stephen White said in a statement. “We see this community event as a way to celebrate not just the ship, but also the spirit of adventure, exploration and American enterprise she represents for all of us.”

Click here for information or to purchase tickets.

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Win-Tron Electronics said its seventh annual online Virtual Dealer Show will run Nov. 3-9.

The show will run 24 hours a day for the entire week and feature exclusive deals, the company announced.

“This year’s deals, discounts and cash giveaways far exceed anything we’ve done in the past,” president Eddie Winder said in a statement. “We know our customers have a great time at our show – without ever having to leave their offices – and that they save a huge amount of money.”

This year’s show will include:

• $30,000 in cash-back incentives

• Live online help

• Daily product giveaways

• Participating manufacturers include ACR, Cmaps, Eagle, Lewmar, Lowrance, JBL, Floscan, KVH, Furuno, ICOM, Interphase, North Star, Poly-planar, Navionics, Raymarine, Digital, Standard, Uniden and Seatel

Wintron Electronics is a leading wholesale distributor of marine electronics.

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The Kemah Boardwalk Marina will host the new Texas Yacht Show and Jazz Fest Nov. 11-13.

Millions of dollars’ worth of luxury power and sailing yachts, ranging from 31 to 50 feet, will be on display in the water, ready for touring and instant demo cruises. All of the featured yachts will be new models and ready for immediate delivery, organizers said.

The entertainment includes the Ezra Charles Band, Lois Albez, the San Jacinto College Central Steel Band, Rudy Rincon and Grupo Kache, Kelly Dean and Tropic Envoy

The luxury event also will offer luxury motorcoaches, airplanes, motorcycles and high-performance cars. There will be a variety of marine-related products and services on display, and those who attend will have the opportunity to meet Abby Sunderland, who tried last year to become the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator.

Limited exhibitor space is available for the event. Contact Kevin Kaiser at for information.

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D&G Attractions is presenting two boat shows in Arkansas.

The 30th annual Arkansas Marine Expo is set for Jan. 20-22, 2012, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Marine Expo is Arkansas' premier boat show, offering special boat show pricing on hundreds of boats, organizers said.

The 26thannual Hot Springs Boat Tackle & RV Show is set for Feb. 24-26, 2012, at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, Ark. The show is billed as the largest in Arkansas; exhibitors fill more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space with hundreds of boats, RVs and accessories.

For information, e-mail Ken and Kelly Griffey at or call Ken at (501) 765-1423.


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