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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, the 2012 American Boating Congress and Sea Sense.

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey announced that boats are back in the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center at Raritan Center in Edison for the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, which is set for Feb. 23-26.

The New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo focuses on affordability and convenience for the consumer and exhibitors. This new show is the expansion of the model of the Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo, which is held in the fall at FirstEnergy Park.

The show will feature something for every age and interest, with hundreds of boats on sale from the top dealers in the state as well as an expansive boater’s marketplace full of accessories and services, boating and fishing seminars, activities for the little boaters and much more.

“Many successful shows were held in this venue in the past. However, what is new is the fact that the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, a non-profit organization, is now producing this show with one goal of delivering a high-quality event that is affordable and enjoyable for everyone that attends,” association president Kersten Roehsler said in a statement.

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The 2012 American Boating Congress is set for April 24-25 at the Liaison Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the American Boating Congress is the industry's premier legislative conference event. ABC offers attendees an opportunity to discuss and learn about state and federal legislation, get firsthand insight from policy-makers and network with other industry leaders.

Conference agenda and registration details are coming soon.

For questions, contact Lauren Dunn at (202) 280-6928 or For information on how to become a sponsor, contact John Marcinek at (312) 946-6258 or

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Sea Sense is teaching weeklong passagemaking courses, the school announced.

Taught aboard a new fully equipped Endeavour 40-foot trawler catamaran, the classes are an opportunity to learn in a real-time environment with professional instructors. The courses are open to couples as well as individuals.

“We have met many boaters who, for one reason or another, have not yet gone beyond their home cruising grounds or out the inlet into the ocean. This course will give them the knowledge and confidence to take that next step,” Sea Sense founder Capt. Carol Cuddyer said in a statement.

Class size is limited. The cost of the seven-day course is $4,250 a person, which includes instruction, on-board accommodations, all docking and fuel costs and most meals.


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