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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Michigan Boating Industries Association’s 2011 Recreational Boating Educational Conference, the 2012 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show and the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

More than 80 Michigan marine businessmen and women are registered to attend this week’s Michigan Boating Industries Association 2011 Recreational Boating Educational Conference.

“Our members understand the value associated with continued education and networking, especially during challenging times,” MBIA president John Ropp said in a statement. “Our annual conference is an important membership service available to all MBIA members and non-members in the industry.”

The Michigan Harbor Masters’ annual meeting also will take place at the conference.

“We are pleased our members and others in the marine industry see the value in educational opportunities provided by the MBIA,” Ropp added. “Michigan harbor masters share many of the same concerns and goals as MBIA, and it make sense that we partner on this conference.”

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The 2012 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show takes place Jan. 4-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

An annual tradition for more than a century, the show provides deals on hundreds of boats, gear and accessories from the region’s premier dealers and retailers, interactive courses covering all things boating and family attractions.

The 2012 show will feature the best in boating, sailing and fishing, and exclusive show specials on the latest luxury motor and sailing yachts, sport fishers, performance boats, marine accessories, gear and electronics.

New features include DIY seminars at Fred’s Shed and a chance to meet Robbie and Stephen Keszey, the brothers from the Discovery Channel’s series, “Swamp Brothers.”

“There’s no better place for thousands of area boaters to get their boating fix in the off-season,” show manager Jon Pritko said in a statement. “Serious shoppers can take advantage of exhibitor specials on boats, gear and accessories for every budget and boating lifestyle, and those looking to improve their on-the-water skills can participate in free hands-on boating and fishing courses. Plus, water enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy our special events and the opportunity to check out hundreds of new innovations.”

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Boats.com, a marine industry website owned by Dominion Marine Media, is sponsoring the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show’s popular attraction — the Boardwalk — in January.

The announcement follows the launch of the new Boats.com, a leading online marketplace for buying or selling a boat.

Through its sponsorship of the Boardwalk at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, Boats.com is providing a branded hospitality lounge area for the dealers who have decided to take advantage of the offering that the Boardwalk brings, allowing them to cost-effectively and easily display boats for sale. The Boardwalk, which has been designed to look like a marina, allows visitors to see the boats as if they were in the water.

The Boardwalk attraction was introduced to the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show in 2011.

“Enhancing the direct relationship between boat dealers and boat owners is a key component of the suite of products and services we provide,” Boats.com Europe general manager Julian Gowing said in a statement. “Boats.com’s sponsorship of the Boardwalk and hospitality area provides a highly targeted experience for dealers and owners alike in an informal and friendly setting.”

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